Meet Your Little PC: The Netbook
For a few months now, The VAR Guy has been predicting that Netbooks — otherwise known as sub-notebooks — would be the hot ticket in the PC market during the fourth quarter. He’s still sticking to that prediction. Here’s why.
Netbooks typically cost around $450 or less, and they’re great devices for checking email, hopping onto WiFi networks and surfing the web. Not positioned as a full desktop replacement, Netbooks are expected to your “other” computer.
For some folks, that would sound like an insult. But for the PC market, Netbooks are a welcome way to grow the industry. The Asus Eee PC wins kudos for sparking the Netbook revolution. But now Dell (Mini 9), Toshiba and even Lenovo (IdeaPad) are jumping into the Netbook market.
And small PC makers are firing back by reselling the latest Asus Eee PCs. Exciting times on the hardware front, for sure.
But the bigger news is on the software side of the house. All of the major PC makers are offering Linux as an option/alternative to Windows-based Netbooks.
If The VAR Guy had to guess, he’d expect Linux to garner anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent of the Netbook market.