R.I.P Netbooks

By on January 2, 2013
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Acer and Asus announce they are retiring their netbook lineup, finally wrapping things up for the once popular consumer PC.

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Asus and Acer today announced they will stop making netbooks, putting the final nail in the coffin for the once popular consumer PC.

Netbooks could be considered the precursor for tablet-PCs, for it was small, compact, and cheap, yet packing enough power to do basic tasks such as browsing, Word processing, or watching a movie. The trend kicked off in 2007 when Asus launched their Eee model, and was soon joined by other manufacturers such as Dell, Acer and HP as sales for netbooks skyrocketed.

But with the explosion of powerful tablet-PCs and touchscreen notebooks, netbooks no longer looked attractive, with sales slumping to just 1.1 million units in 2011. With such poor sales and an increasingly declining consumer interest, PC makers started to abandon making netbooks, with the final two being Acer and Asus now announcing that they are giving up on the platform as well.

Did you ever owned a netbook? Do you still use it or have you replaced it with a tablet-PC? Let us know in the comments below!


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