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Netbook Fever: Should There Be A Cure?



I’ve largely stayed away from Netbooks, outside of reviewing them and checking them out. My wife is still running an original Asus Eee PC and seems quite content with it for the way she uses it. But there is no doubt that Netbooks, or whatever the heck we are going to call them, are attractive devices for quite a few folks. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the form factor or the concept, they just don’t fit how I work.

Loren Heiny looks to be one of those here lately. He’s using an HP Mini 1000 and has blogged up a nice post about his likes and dislikes. He says he’s got Netbook fever. Given that Rob is toting an HP Mini 1000 along with him to CES 2009 as well, I sure hope this Netbook fever thing isn’t catching. I’m juggling too many devices these days as it is. And besides, if I did get one, I’m sure my wife would quickly call it her own.



  1. GoodThings2Life

    01/05/2009 at 6:10 pm

    LOL Warner… nice post, and I agree… I really think it’s great that there’s a form factor people enjoy for a while, but I am still convinced it’s a fad that will wear off when people begin insisting they want something more. Or at least, if they don’t disappear, hopefully they’ll evolve to something more useful.

  2. Medic

    01/06/2009 at 8:56 am

    In 2009 there seem to be three important events playing:
    1. the economic recession, 2. the ever increasing improvements in (consumer) technology and 3. the environment.

    Focused on the netbooks, notesbook or whatever thingamagig you want to call it, I think more attention should be focused on the power and performance of these machines. This will, I think, determine the functionality of these machines. Unless one is a slave to trend and wanting to be part of it, most will stick to their current desk- or laptop. A push for change could be the environmental impact of the machine. With the current fear of shortages of oil, there is an ever increasing guilt feeling of wasting more energy than necessary. This could be the motivating factor to switch to a “smaller laptop” thinking that it usese less energy, thus will be more environmentally friendly. One thing I do notice of people I come across, is how little is known abouth the power and performance of the chips. This could be a determining factor of knowing what your computer can do, and how much Watt it uses. I think therefore the public should be informed better about the evolution of the chip and current development in laymans terms, so that the public get a better idea of what they are buying. A lot of people think that the quad core is better and more enivronmentally friendly the the atom chip, although it is known that the atom chip is designed for laptop to provide a good performance with less Watt (to let your battery last longer). Such things should be explained more.

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