Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How will netbooks evolve?

Do you own a netbook? These tiny little laptop computers have been amazingly popular and you've probably seen them at the airport, the bookstore, and even in office meetings. Who wouldn't want to carry a small, light computer? Why spend $1,500 for a really light Apple MacBook Air when you can spend $300 for a light netbook?

My prediction is that we'll start seeing more hybrid netbook/slate tablets. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid will probably be the first model that makes it on the market, but I think we'll see similar computers in the near future. The iPad revolution will get more people interested in touch-screen devices, but will netbooks get replaced by slate tablets? 2010 is the "year of the tablet," so I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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