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Subject: Re: Want a netbook? Better buy it quickly! Date: 1/1/2013 4:56 PM
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Steve,

The form factor was actually pretty good. That said, look at "the kids" as you walk along the street. How many of them are carrying a smartphone of some sort and texting with two thumbs faster than I can type? at home, most have a laptop of some sort with a large screen.

We are in the midsts of a fight over the optimal form factor for our assorted gadgets. While my personal preferences probably reflect my age (ultra-lightweight laptop, but better screen and more functionality than a netbook, and a desktop with a bunch of large monitors, gaming KB/mouse and all the trimmings, etc.), but am now experimenting with a 7 inch tablet to see if that's a reasonable compromise.

In any case, it seems that the netbook had its day in the educational market, but the margins for resellers were the pits and it's now trying to fill a niche which has gotten much smaller (as in the Raspberry Pi and its brethren providing a thin client, cost effective solution).

It was a cheap fix a few years ago, but life moves on.

Jeff
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