Netbooks getting bigger
I love netbooks. There are two reasons mainly. First, is that they are light and perfect for the task they were designed for. Second, they are cheap. As I said before it isn’t that companies haven’t made small laptops, they just didn’t make them affordable. Probably the biggest complaint against netbooks is the size. We want a small laptop, but 8.9 inches is a little too small. Recently some companies started to reveal 2009 offerings in the netbook category with larger screens (10-13 inches). Dell, who made the mini 9 (which my wife owns), is planning on releasing a mini 12 and could possibly launch a mini 10 (can you figure out what the number means). Asus and Acer have 10 inch models as well. MSI may have the boldest offering though. Wired just reported on what clearly is a Mac Air clone. I think the MSI looks good, and at $700 it might actually entice me to purchase. One of the biggest problems with the Mac Air is the price (over $1800 to start), if the MSI can deliver on looks and price all the better.
I’m not sure where the cut off is between laptop and netbook, with regards to screen size, but I think this is a good trend. By increasing screen size and keeping the price low more people feel they can afford good laptops. Sure a netbook won’t be able to play your games or processes video like a $2000 Macbook Pro, but for the on-the-go person who doesn’t want a 5 or 6 pound brick on their back this is the perfect fit. My family is happy.