Back in 2007 when Asus introduced their Eee netbook, the reports were that the netbook would some day replace the older laptop computer system. The two main things that made netbooks attractive were their light weight and their ability to access the Internet for those on the go. Pricing was another attractive feature and some believed that the netbooks would fall under $200. That vision came true this past holiday season when Best Buy offered a Lenovo netbook for a surprising price of only $197.

On the flip side laptops had also dropped in price, with some models selling for as little as $350 or less. When one looked at a laptop with a larger screen, more memory, dvd burner and other attractive features, the lines between netbooks and laptops became a blur. So is the netbook doomed? Will smart phones and cheaper laptops kill off the netbook? Some believe this is exactly what will happen.

In one recent article over at the BBC News it states:

What people are looking for now, he believes, is a machine that can keep up with the demands of contemporary web users – far more than the basic e-mail and web browsing that made the first models so appealing.

“As soon as you want to do anything else you hit the same problem, it ceases to work,” he said. “It does not have the power.”

Those changing habits of web users, he maintains, are too complex for those basic machines.

These are great points. Netbooks are light weight devices and are meant for light weight work such as the Internet or emailing. But to say the netbook is dead I believe misses the point of what a netbook is. A light wieght portable computer that one can carry with ease through the airport, with long battery life, that is meant what it was designed for. Surfing and emailing only.

I would no more believe that I could use a netbook for heavy duty computing than I would believe I could take a Chevy Camaro to the Indy 500 and win the race. These machines are designed for specific purposes which differentiate themselves from each other.

I personally own both a netbook and a laptop. I know the differences between the two boxes and accept the limitations of the netbook. Just my two cents.

What do you think?

Comments as always are welcome.

Source – BBC News