Lately I've been playing around with my little Asus netbook, a 10-inch screen model that came with Windows loaded but now runs Ubuntu Linux and delivers all the computing I need in portable situations at a cost below $400. When netbooks were a true phenomenon - this was before the "tablet revolution" that has rewritten the tech roadmap thanks to the iPad - they took the market by storm not because the big manufacturers figured out how to create a niche for them. Rather, it was the consumer who demanded them, and the consumer whose taste had PC companies scrambling to come up with the wide variety of models that defined this category.
Is there a future for netbooks in the era of the tablet? Computer terminology is constantly changing, but as I sift these particular tea leaves, it looks to me as if the netbook will soon be replaced by what is being called the "ultrabook."
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