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Study: Consumers still prefer regular notebooks over netbooks

By Matthew
Nov 26, 2009
  1. holyPaladin

    holyPaladin TS Rookie

    Netbook so slow, can't play games =(
     
  2. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    I think netbooks are great for carrying around when travelling, where you don't need much performance (word processing, Internet-related tasks, etc). Notebooks, on the other hand, are better for home usage, when you want to move around a little bit and don't mind carrying a slightly bigger computer. For the price difference, I'd go with a notebook.
     
  3. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    there is a reason that netbooks have become more and more popular, and there is also a reason that netbooks will never take place of notebooks
     
  4. Afenix

    Afenix TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I still don't get it why there was such a rush for these netbooks? Yes they're very small, and not very energy consuming, and they're made only for net surfing! Nothing more! My new laptop hardly handles the latest games and 3d software, but spend a ~400$~ just to get on the net? No, thank you.
     
  5. As lfg18 said, in Mexico there has been a boom over netbooks ever since the launch of the Aspire One. Since the country is currently on an economical recession, price is a very sensible factor when buying a computer, so the relative low price of the netbooks (and the novelty too, it was the "in" thing to have next to ipods) made a soft spot on the consumers. Then after a while people who bought them realize that it is tiring to write for long periods of time on the cramped keyboards and looking at the small screens unless you have a spare monitor to hook it up, and can't do some tasks they used to do on their desktops due to low performance. Also as incredible as it sounds, many people not acquainted with computers don't even know these things don't have an optical drive to listen some of their CD, watch some movie on a trip or simply burn some data, so they have to buy some external drive to do the job (they are expensive here).

    A trend i have noticed is that people that had a notebook before don't find the netbooks appealing at all.
     
  6. harby

    harby TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Well to be honest, this is a dumb survey/conclusion. Naturally laptops will outsell netbooks. Laptops can be anything from ultraportables-netbook-wannabes to desktop replacements. On the other hand netbooks will always be, well, netbooks. Best case scenario we're eventually looking at powerful enough netbooks to stream hidef content so you could have an ultraportable and HTPC hybrid that'd be good enough for both but excel at either. At least that were I see the netbook market going over the next years. Obviously they will never become someone's main computer simply because of the inherited limitations by definition.
     
  7. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 187

    I prefer the usability of a notebook but appreciate the portability of a netbook. Being a photographer I would prefer something portible with enough horsepower to drive Photoshop...but even a Netbook would allow me the ability to upload my pics to show my clients.
     
  8. Chazz

    Chazz TS Enthusiast Posts: 634   +60

    I'm one of those people that see absolutely no use for netbooks. I love portable computers..but these aren't computers at all. They're the modern day etch-a-sketch.
     
  9. I also would buy a cheap notebook over a netbook considering some models sell at very high prices (*cough* HP) even when they are the same horrible N270+i945 crap. Netbooks should stay on the $300 mark or even lower unless they are ION.

    Also, most models come with 3 cell batteries so battery life is not much longer than on a regular notebook.
     
  10. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 84

    My mother-in-law also bought an EEE pc, and the usb ports got defective and stopped working a few months after purchase.

    It's now in the repair shop :/
     
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,354   +109

    The whole study is invalid because of the following line:

    "60% indicated that they would still purchase a regular notebook as their next PC".

    For one thing we have clear is that netbooks are not PCs (In the whole idea of a Personal Computer, they are but...) replacement, at all. They do serve as portable always on the side for e-mail checking, web-browsing, even as a multimedia station, in other cases some people (As do I) use it for college or school doing some more than web-based activities, but they DO NOT replace a notebook and a longer gap between a netbook and a desktop computer.
     
     
  12. pomonasi

    pomonasi TS Rookie Posts: 32

    i think that's pretty predictable. the cost between notebooks and netbooks are not by much and the notebook is so much more versatile than the netbook. outside of being small, netbook cant offer much else compared to a notebook.
     
  13. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,358   +403

    Most of my friends who are IT professionals are buying netbooks to essentially replace coffee table books. In other words, something handy to look up something on the Internet while watching TV or hosting guests. Or are using them to keep the kids entertained on a long drive. Basically a slightly larger version than an iPhone or Blackberry.

    Anyone who buys one of these who believe they're going to engage in serious computing are going to be quite disappointed.
     
  14. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 117

    Netbooks are still slow and have very small low resolution screens , 2 big problems in 1 machine! I believe though that we'll see better offers in the upcoming years as cpu's+gpu's consume less and less power...
     
  15. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    I've had a 17" Dell laptop since 2006. I've carried that thing around to classes regularly in college and has never really bothered me. Full size keyboard, battery used to last 2.5 hours, and it is very comfortable to hold on your lap for long periods of time. I couldn't imagine typing on a netbook for any extended period of time. Think I'll stay with my full sized notebooks for now.
     
  16. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 178

    i think part of the issue is that the price of the notebook has gotten so cheap that it is cheaper than some of these netbooks. notebook has larger screen and more powerful system hardwares and the ability to run windows 7/vista. While netbook stucks at 2GB max ram, xp, smaller screen.

    I personally think netbook is good for as second system in teh house for checking email, typing while sitting on the couch.
     
  17. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,354   +109

    And again, nice to know people read the comments...

    @Putale: You can run windows 7 on a netbook.

    @TomSEA: You can do some "serious" computing, I currently run sql servers for projects, some data architects and netbeans on a netbook, it might not be the most powerful or speedy gonzalez of all the possible solutions, but for the mobility it CAN do some "serious" computing.

    Wait until next gen netbooks, with all the goodies comming as mainstreams SSDs, 1,8" HDDs, new atoms and more competivity from amd in this area (And VIA too), most will want a couple.
     
  18. stwongbad85

    stwongbad85 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Of course people prefer notebooks. The netbook is caught in a pickle between laptops getting smaller and smart phones getting more powerful. You can not carry a netbook in your pocket and really seems like it has no place in the general consumer market. if I were a journalist/reporter a netbook would be great. I think the netbook will find a niche market to settle into, but never go mainsteream
     
  19. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,354   +109

    I beg to differ stwongbad, netbooks have crazed people all around the globe, are no longer the 7" screen which you couldn't read (And even then a lot of people wanted one), now 10,1" or even 11,6" (I had a 7" and now I have a 10,1" and you do see a big difference).

    Smartphones indeed are comming with more features every day, but you can't compare one another. Actually my dad has a blackberry with internet access and he hates it, asks for my netbook all the time since it's more comfortable to read and write.
     
  20. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Netbooks are great for traveling, but just too underpowered for daily use. It's not even ideal for web browsing. The screen resolution is too low and you're going to have problems playing streaming hd video from hulu or youtube. Unless you absolutely have to have the smallest computer, it's worth spending a little more for a 11-13" laptop. The weight's almost the same and you're going to be a lot happier.
     
  21. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Enthusiast Posts: 182

    Netbooks seem to be nice, but you sacrifice alot for the size they come in. If you wanted a small computer you could just go with a smaller laptop with more performance.
     
  22. FrankTank

    FrankTank TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I'm also with the majority. I prefer the notebook which i why I'm still waiting for the perfect notebook deal with the price and specs I want. The netbook prices are very attractive but for what your losing(screen size, limited upgrade, no CD/DVD drive, etc) I just can't seem to pull the trigger on one.
     
  23. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    Franktank et al., it all depends on what you value. Most netbooks aren't aimed for people that desire high performance. Netbooks are designed for the internet, and for office applications. That's perfect for a college student or someone on the go that has to make a powerpoint or something. Gaming material it ain't. What you have here is a barebones computer that is still competently fast for what is offered.

    Optical drives aren't necessarily a problem because you can always buy a USB optical drive. Whoop di damn do. Screen size and limited upgrades are perhaps the bigger problems here. But as far as upgrades go, what do you really think you could upgrade to make it any better than what it is? Even if you added a RAM card, what exactly do you expect that to do? And is it REALLY worth replacing more than just memory on something like this? I don't think so. Some of the complaints may be somewhat legitimate, but in the context, half the hatred for this kind of a machine isn't totally warranted.
     
  24. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 984   +31

    What I found interesting is that 40% apparently will buy a netbook as their next PC. That's a pretty high number IMO. It means that for a lot of people, netbooks are good enough, even with all their limitations.
     
  25. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 984   +31

    Should probably have said "good enough or preferred". After all, netbooks do have benefits over normal notebooks.
     
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