Remember this little guy? That’s right, it’s a netbook. Remember those things? They were affordable, light and had pretty great battery life. But a lot has changed since the netbook segment was introduced 5 years ago — and it looks like the little guy’s not gonna make it.
When Dell announced last month that it would cease production on netbooks, it was an obvious sign of what was to come. Now, just under less than a month later, the last remaining netbook manufacturers in Asus and Acer have announced that they’re done with it as well. Netbooks are officially dead.
It’s not a surprise really, tablets and ultrabooks have made the netbook pretty useless these days. When you want extreme portability and ease of use, get a tablet. When you need something similar to a netbook, ultrabooks are basically the improved version — and their prices have gone down in recent years, making them a more affordable product.
Still, we have the netbook to thank for not only driving down prices in the market but perhaps more importantly, making computers more accessible to everyone.