>>52979955 They're still being done, just with no "this fucking sucks" specs this time. You can get a fanless 11" netbook with 4GB of RAM for around 300 bucks, or less if you can settle for the HP model with just some flash memory instead of an HDD/SSD.
Nobody wants some shitty underpowed laptop with a cramped keyboard that can't do anything useful. Phones and tablets are fine for web browsing and ultrabooks have filed the portable work laptop market because they have foll size screens and keyboards.
Interesting the tablets are being seen as the ones to destroy netbooks... that's true at least partially, but I'd also lay much of blame on ultrabooks. Ultrabooks fit the same niche as netbooks, but lack the various annoyances that came with netbooks like cheap-feeling shrunken KB+trackpads and some of the shittiest TN panel displays known to man.
>>52980435 Yeah, I remember early Netbooks being shipped with unholy low amounts of RAM (like 256 or 512MB?) that pretty much got them stuck on WinXP because Vista ran like dogshit on less than 1GB and made them not even suitable for web browsing. That poisoned the well for the whole "netbook" denomination for years after the initial craze for small laptops wore off.
Can't find thinkpad general right now so I'm going to ask this here.
I have the opportunity to get a free laptop provided by my employer, they are allowing me to choose the one I want. I plan to run Linux on it(most likely Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, or Fedora). Work use case is mostly web development and editing documents. I will likely end up using it for personal consumption, i.e. music and movies since I don't currently own another laptop.
These are the two I'm looking at now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5YV3G59144&cm_re=thinkpad-_-9SIA5YV3G59144-_-Product
X220, smaller, almost a netbook. I like the light weight and the SSD.
>>52979955 They got replaced by tablets, and somewhat resurrected by models like the Asus Transformer. Companies just realized that they were snail-pace pieces of shit that weren't really useful at all, and now that we have mobile OS solutions that allow touch and UI designs meant for small screens, there's really no use for them anymore. If you want something that small, just get a tablet, you can buy something like the Thinkpad x220 that is only 12" and will be much better than any shit netbook.
I still see plenty of them around. Maybe they don't exist in certain markets, but over here they're still available (Europe), and to be honest, they're pretty good machines for web-browsing / programming / SSHing to your main machine.
>>52983796 There's that. Also not helped by the fact that Microsoft insisted on the basic version of XP to be used with netbooks only be used with hardware on a par with the original netbooks, limiting any other companies' interest in releasing better netbooks down the line. As a result netbooks as a whole never really got any better than the first generation.
They also occupied an uncomfortable spot in the market, not being quite conveniently portable as a tablet and at the same time not quite as usefully powerful as ultrabooks; kind of the worst of both worlds.
>>52981117 Neither. In all seriousness, take a look at the Chromebook 13. It's a business class Chromebook, just flash proper SeaBIOS on it, and you can just install and configure any Linux distro you want.
>>52984052 >not being quite conveniently portable as a tablet Only if you go by the retarded definition that thin = small. The old 7"-9" netbooks are the same length/width or smaller than a 10" tablet.
>>52985849 Core Ms are slower than modern Atoms if you put any sort of load on them. In Geekbench 3, Core M scores 4500 on the first run then 1700 on the 2nd+ run. Atom X7 Z8700 scores 3700 every single time and only gets slightly warm.
>>52985849 >Chromebooks have the same form factor as all but the thinnest of ultrabooks >at worst they're $500 unless you want some ridiculous features like a metal frame, glass trackpad, i3, and 1080p IPS display weren't fucking enough for you
>>52985784 >Thin does count for a lot Like what? They're already to big to fit in a pocket. What difference would it being 1" thick or 1/4" thick make?
>Also form factor; a tablet is a hell of a lot more convenient to use while standing up than any laptop. Exactly how often is this even a consideration? I'd take significantly more comfortable typing and page navigation over a device that size being more usable while standing any day. I also have no problem navigating pages while standing with my ASUS EEE and could still type with my thumbs if I absolutely couldn't sit or set the laptop down on anything due to some serial pisser or something.
>>52985927 >Like what? They're already to big to fit in a pocket. What difference would it being 1" thick or 1/4" thick make? Being able to cram it into a bag or not, for example.
>Exactly how often is this even a consideration? I'd take significantly more comfortable typing and page navigation over a device that size being more usable while standing any day. I also have no problem navigating pages while standing with my ASUS EEE and could still type with my thumbs if I absolutely couldn't sit or set the laptop down on anything due to some serial pisser or something. It depends on your use cases. For me, every morning on the train on the way to work. Not something that's a priority to everyone. And it does seem like people who absolutely must type on a physical keyboard above all other considerations are in the minority.
I use an acer aspire 255e daily for note taking, some web dev, C programming. Threw a spare 2gb module in it. Runs Lubuntu fine enough. Usually have webstorm + ~10 Firefox tabs open. Build quality is above my expectations and it's easy to keep maintained.
For $15 barely used on Craig's List it is a great burner machine while away from my desktop. I simply don't need an ultrabook on the go, it's not just a cost consideration but a practical one.
I did get a kick out of the atom 1.6 spec rating though
>>52986676 Of course not. Also, thickness tends to mean weight as well. And since I know you're going to ask if I'm incapable of carrying that extra kilo or two; no, but I still don't want to carry more weight than I have to.
Netbooks fell off the radar because of use case. Think. What is a netbook good for over a 13.3"/14.1" laptop? A netbooks small size restricts any decent hardware, not to mention they keyboard size is abysmal. Any type of portable computing needed now is complety doable on a tablet or smart phone. If what you're doing requires a good amount of processing power, you wouldnt be able to do those things on a netbook anyway.
The closest thing to a netbook is chromebooks (the newer celeron and ULV i3s are very capable) and maybe older X series thinkads.
Death to the netbook and long live the tablet.
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