Dell's Netbooks Quietly Leave the Stage

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 16 December 2011 12:29

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The fad of the past couple of years, netbooks were nice while they lasted. With the technology of the time, they had their perks. Of course they couldn't replace a real computer, but for notes (more like web browsing) in class they were great. Recently, though, netbook sales have been going down most likely thanks to the rise of the tablet. Dell has recently announced that they are leaving the netbook business and are going to pursue other portable computers, such as utlrabooks. When netbooks first came out, the Atom processor was the processor to have for portability. But it's been a few years, and now Intel's Core i processors have very low power usage while giving amazing performance, meaning the Atom processor isn't really needed anymore. Matthew Hutchinson, director of Dell Global Consumer PR, said in a statement to CNet, "We sold through the Dell Mini some time ago. We're committed to the highly portable space and have focused on delivering thin + powerful solutions, for which we've seen strong success, particularly in our XPS line." I believe the XPS he's referring to is the XPS 15z as well as its little brother the 14z. It's about time to see companies leave behind netbooks; I just hope that we'll see even more ultrabooks out in the near future in order to replace them.