AMD VP says netbooks are overpriced, underpowered

By Justin Mann on September 16, 2008, 12:03 PM
The realization that the netbook fad has exploded hasn't gone unnoticed by any big hardware vendor in the industry. The realization that prices are severely out of line with what people initially expected with netbooks hasn't gone unnoticed either. In fact, A VP for AMD, Pat Moorhead, has made a statement just to that effect, citing that netbooks have gotten way too expensive.

He claims the “price creep” has made the machines directly compete with laptops, and that even at the low end of the laptop lines you'd be getting more hardware per dollar by avoiding the available netbooks.

He also criticized the battery life of the units. With smaller profiles, slower CPUs and tiny displays, just about anyone watching netbooks evolve has waited for the “8 hour” machine that could last all day on a single charge. That's not the case, of course, with most netbooks actually having less battery capacity than a midrange laptop. He makes some good points, though none that aren't obvious to anyone who pays attention. Hopefully companies like Asustek and MSI are paying attention to these issues.

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graphicsrus said:
I went and watched the whole video and Moorhead makes some very good points. He is asking if the general consumer really knows the tradeoffs between similarly priced netbooks and notebooks. These are good questions to be asking and I am glad that someone is. I owned a netbook and I get an hour and a half battery life. I expected more. Thankfully I could return the unit. I ended up buying an inexpensive, full function laptop and am very happy with my purchase. So the question is... does the general consumer really know the tradeoffs and implications of:- no optical drive (if you need to reimage you must buy an external CD/DVD drive)- lack of meaningful storage on the flash memory units (smaller than most iPODs so where will I place my pusic files)- low processor and graphics performance so no really working with pictures or videos or even playing games- screen size at non-industry standard resolutions, like 1024x600 (web sites designed for 1024x768 dont display correctly)Good questions......
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