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Asus, which kicked off the modern netbook category with its Eee PC in 2007, has announced that it won't make its Eee PC product after today, and that Acer doesn't plan to make any more; which means that "the netbook market will officially end after the two vendors finish digesting their remaining inventories."

Asustek and Acer were the only two companies still making netbooks, with everyone else who had made them (including Samsung, HP and Dell) having shifted to tablets. Asustek and Acer were principally aiming at southeast Asia and South America - but of course those are now targets for smartphones and cheap Android tablets.

I admit to being a bit stumped by this; I thought netbooks filled a niche, providing a cheap & portable PC that — while underpowered for some uses — was a more than adequate email and web browsing machine. Yes, many people are now using iPads or other tablets for this purpose, but I'd have thought a hardware keyboard and Windows compatibility would have counted for more.
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