Dell abandons netbooks in favor of 'thin and powerful' laptops

By Jos
Dec 16, 2011
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  1. Dell has officially discontinued its Inspiron Mini line of netbooks as it shifts focus to higher-margin products. Speaking to The Verge, Dell's Marketing Director Alison Gardner revealed the company will…

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,318

    i like.
    That is, IF these things will exist in the under $500 range.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I find this a strange move. These might have a market within business where netbooks don't (or shouldn't in my opinion) get used. Home users that currently use netbooks have them for two reasons, they are cheap and can handle basic tasks that the users are concerned with. They read mail, facebook and play some flash games, maybe edit a word document or two, they don't need anything more powerful (although some early generation atom machines are pretty limited). And they certainly aren't going to pay the best part of $1000 just to do those basic tasks. Think these users are going to be pushed towards tablets if this becomes an industry trend.

    Home users that wish to do photo processing and video editing a small portable but powerful platform might be of interest.
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Overall their success in this move will come down to what price point they will be able to offer these ultrabooks for.

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