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Asus Reduces Netbook Shipments; Blames iPad

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August 19, 2010 3:15:55 PM

Alternatively, people could simply be waiting for Asus to release a tablet themselves.
August 19, 2010 3:17:55 PM

I want a netbook... for 1 thing only. Delorme Street Atlas. Far cheaper than a comparable GPS system added in-dash and with a lot more function. Even if I could put Delorme's products on an iPad, it would be entirely awkward situating it in a car. The netbook fits between my seats and I can angle the screen toward me if I have to look at it... but... now my Evo does the same thing and it fits on a "shelf" by my stereo near my line of sight. So I guess I'll skip the netbook for now.. and the iPad foreverrrrrr
August 19, 2010 3:28:46 PM

Come up with EeePad to grab their shares! I'll buy one
August 19, 2010 3:34:48 PM

Ipad a waste of your money. Therefore Jobs must be hypnotize people to buy his icrap.
August 19, 2010 3:40:30 PM

I bought a netbook, havnt used it in at least 6 months. I cant speak for everybody but I'm waiting for a win 7 tablet. Although I will probably use it for a while then it will take its rightful spot next to the non used netbook. With smartphones these days i really have no need for these device besides just having one to play with.
August 19, 2010 3:52:33 PM

pizzacheeksIpad a waste of your money. Therefore Jobs must be hypnotize people to buy his icrap.

Exactly how is something people use a waste of money? I could understand if it sat there, useless, but it's not the case.
August 19, 2010 3:54:27 PM

Make Ion and Dual core netbooks less than $400 and you can expect to get sales. Otherwise, don't blame the iPad for you still making that GMA950 crap that's in my HP mini from 2 years ago.
August 19, 2010 3:57:22 PM

It was expected... Beside all the nerdy comments about how iPads will fail, they've sold like cupcakes. Yes they do only few things but the things they do those things quite well, and people love them...

August 19, 2010 3:57:26 PM

still, as a student who carries loads of books, netbook > notebook and iCrap is worthless to even consider

but it would be awesome to get a tablet netbook with physical keyboard and the screen to write on with stylus...
August 19, 2010 3:59:28 PM

... Jobs waz right then at the iPad presentation...
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August 19, 2010 4:06:25 PM

thesupermediumMake Ion and Dual core netbooks less than $400 and you can expect to get sales. Otherwise, don't blame the iPad for you still making that GMA950 crap that's in my HP mini from 2 years ago.


They are already in the maiking. Intels next step of Atom will have dual cores and a integrated IGP capable of playing Doom 3. Not impressive compared to discrete but impressive jump.

It will also be able to run full 1080P.

Once thats out we will see a flood of non Apple based touch pads that will probably be better and Netbooks that are worth their price.
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August 19, 2010 4:06:52 PM

I have a Samsung netbook. It's perfect for what I bought it for - internet during vacations and an e-book reader. It came with Win7 Starter. Pressing Control-Alt-Left Arrow rotates the screen 90 degrees. You can then hold it like a book with your thumb on the Page-Up and Page-Dn keys.

OTOH, netbooks have been overhyped. And that's what I think the market is responding to.
August 19, 2010 4:09:53 PM

I don't know why readers here are in constant denial. CEOs provide an explanation (MS, - ASUS at this time), which doesn't need to be the only one, I agree, but here there is always "other" counter intuitive explanations on the readers side. Those, beside any Apple product is "succeeding" at something.

I don't have an iPad and I don't know if I ever will. And as far as netbooks I hope the best for this little brothers but I think I better expend the money on something that I can use or I really enjoy. I bet netbooks will suffer even more when more tablet options become available as at least these tablets may be better or more enjoyable at some uses. Anyway, not to offend any netbook user who feel they are best at something they do.
August 19, 2010 4:18:28 PM

9" netbook with 1366x768 resolution, 1.6GHz ULV C2D (screw the atom), ATi 4200 integrated graphics (a 40nm 5200 would also be nice), 4GB RAM, 320GB 1.8" HDD or 80GB Intel x18-m (gen 2), 5MP webcam, double mic (one at the front, and one at the back, for better noise cancellation), 3G antenna ($10 for them to make, $150 for us to buy retail. I don't care if the network thinks it's just a unlocked phone, with a data plan only), Win7 home, DVI/HDMI out. Asus made. No HP/Acer.
$500.
If offered, any other takers? :) 

I've considered a netbook for a while. While the Intel CULV chips are sick, the Atom is downright shameful.
August 19, 2010 4:26:06 PM

I bought two Acer Aspire One netbooks one for me and on for my wife. I ended up selling mine because I didn't have an ultra-portable use for the thing and I have spare laptops that I don't mind lugging places just to ensure I have mobile performance. She loves her AAO! she has a big main laptop (Core i3 et al) that sits on the desk and the netbook goes with her to school, to bed, on the couch where ever! I imagine the iPad would compete nicely with the netbook but the cost is prohibative. On the other hand we love our iPhone 4 and 3Gs!
August 19, 2010 4:28:48 PM

I was considering an EeeBox for my HTPC setup. But the one with USB3 support was a bit too expensive. So I'm holding off until all their machines come with USB3 as standard.
August 19, 2010 5:07:47 PM

Travis Beane9" netbook with 1366x768 resolution, 1.6GHz ULV C2D (screw the atom), ATi 4200 integrated graphics (a 40nm 5200 would also be nice), 4GB RAM, 320GB 1.8" HDD or 80GB Intel x18-m (gen 2), 5MP webcam, double mic (one at the front, and one at the back, for better noise cancellation), 3G antenna ($10 for them to make, $150 for us to buy retail. I don't care if the network thinks it's just a unlocked phone, with a data plan only), Win7 home, DVI/HDMI out. Asus made. No HP/Acer.$500.If offered, any other takers? I've considered a netbook for a while. While the Intel CULV chips are sick, the Atom is downright shameful.

For $500... no.
That $500 would be better put to use on a full size laptop with much more power.
August 19, 2010 5:22:48 PM

I could care less what OS it has, it's what the OS allows you to do that is important.
Printing is a major must and the last time I checked most printers companies only have drivers for Windows, OSX and Linux.
Not iOS.
Not Android.
No OSX tablet likely so I guess Linux and Windows are the only ones left.
Generally you can install Linux on any Windows based machine, so whoever gets a Windows based tablet out will give access to users of both OS's.

C'mon hardware vendors! What're you waiting for?
August 19, 2010 5:59:40 PM

ASUS needs to improve their tablet line. They need active and passive digitizers... And they need to market to art/architecture/engineering students...
August 19, 2010 6:25:00 PM

dark_lord69For $500... no.That $500 would be better put to use on a full size laptop with much more power.

Sometimes, I want small.
If I want big, I always got my desktop and 23".
I could even throw a 9" thin laptop in some cargo pants.
August 19, 2010 6:45:14 PM

Lower Prices... these babies would be flying off the shelves at $169... and Asus would still be making money.
August 19, 2010 6:56:31 PM

LORD_ORIONLower Prices... these babies would be flying off the shelves at $169... and Asus would still be making money.


I'll drink to that
August 19, 2010 7:27:13 PM

I'd have bought a Netbook for its portability but I've been waiting for a decent priced dual core one. Currently buying a Netbook like that is the same price as a full size laptop. That's the reason I haven't picked one up. Also waiting for SSD's to be included that are bigger than 8 or 16gb.
August 19, 2010 8:26:07 PM

Asus Problems is plain and simple.

They need to find a way to sell their netbook with a ~10inch screen that has a resolution of 1366x768 and comes with nvidia ion graphics for 299.99

THAT will kill the ipad for sure!
August 19, 2010 8:33:20 PM

danimal_the_animalAsus Problems is plain and simple.They need to find a way to sell their netbook with a ~10inch screen that has a resolution of 1366x768 and comes with nvidia ion graphics for 299.99THAT will kill the ipad for sure!

And it has to have equal or superior battery life...
August 19, 2010 8:41:17 PM

How about a 6 cell battery!

maybe!!!! maybe use the same chip set as the new mac books!!

Icing on the cake-----HDMI out!!!!
August 19, 2010 8:51:34 PM

Netbooks look cool, but they are crap, once a person tries it out, they most likely will never buy one again, especially since they are over priced, as you can get a decent laptop for the same price.
August 19, 2010 9:21:06 PM

the specs are too low so it's pretty slow... Tried one, and sold it later.
August 19, 2010 11:12:33 PM

Saturate the market much Asus? Silverthorn isn't any faster than Diamondville which itself isn't much faster than the Dothan chips used in the first generation. I don't see all those early netbook adopters swapping up if they have a decent size screen.
August 20, 2010 2:44:22 AM

I think asus should rethink its marketing strategy.
August 20, 2010 3:06:22 AM

I now have an ASUS 120IN Netbook which is a great 12inch netbook, but I do hate the name and branding ASUS has chosen for their ATOM line.

ANything that is named only after vowels like Eee, sounds ridiculious and also sounds like its getting squashed! Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
August 20, 2010 3:08:17 AM

jimmysmittyThey are already in the maiking. Intels next step of Atom will have dual cores and a integrated IGP capable of playing Doom 3. Not impressive compared to discrete but impressive jump.It will also be able to run full 1080P.Once thats out we will see a flood of non Apple based touch pads that will probably be better and Netbooks that are worth their price.

Ugh as for your comment, there are Dual core atom netbooks and ion's out, I have one, just look the ASUS Eee PC 1201n. Its a great desktop complimentary/backup PC.
August 20, 2010 3:09:00 AM

The two does compete in similar price points but I'm sure many who use netbooks won't ever consider something that's less than half as useful as a netbook.
August 20, 2010 8:16:13 AM

Maybe.... just maybe.... Everyone who was ever going to buy a netbook, has now done so.

August 20, 2010 10:20:55 AM

damianrobertjonesMaybe.... just maybe.... Everyone who was ever going to buy a netbook, has now done so.

Not really
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9176427/Reports_...
Sales are still increasing but the rate of increase has lowered
This does not mean sales are down, sales are up, just not as fast
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August 20, 2010 1:05:57 PM

My two cents is that for $500 you can get a full size laptop. Unless you really need the portability why buy a netbook? As far as the tablets like the iPad. I think its more of a hype created interest in the thing. I still am not convinced it will replace much of anything.
August 20, 2010 9:09:56 PM

The atom is as slow as a granny with a walker, the neo is being put in tops costing $500-$600 and even the atom netbooks are over $300. Asus lost their sight just kicking out bigger better screens with everything and consequently jacking up the price of their product during an economic slump what they need to dp is get back to basics on there machines and sell them at the sub $400 market. That's what made their lineup take off and that's what they need to do again. Just take the little ssd, bump the capacity to 160gb (who gives a care aboutb outright speed just make it big, it isn't gonna get blammed by joe user if the drive is slower than a wd raptor) slap in 2-4 gigs of ram and a sub 11" screen. It'll sell like X at a rave, I gaurentee it.
August 21, 2010 5:04:39 AM

now all these stupid company have to learn tht if you give people bad design and ugly screen with tumor battery, when something better comes along, everyone will run away from your company, these netbooks design are soooo freakin ugly I think only apple care about how something actually look.
August 21, 2010 6:44:17 PM

ridewyanow all these stupid company have to learn tht if you give people bad design and ugly screen with tumor battery, when something better comes along, everyone will run away from your company, these netbooks design are soooo freakin ugly I think only apple care about how something actually look.


Some of us don't stare at our laptops trying to justify the $1200 pricetag with "well it arouses me with it's whiteness"
August 23, 2010 1:26:58 AM

I said it before and I'll say it again, netbooks are just a fad. Most of the people who bought them had no idea that they are different than a laptop. They just believed they were getting a really good deal on a ultra compact laptop.
August 23, 2010 9:27:39 AM

This is something I seriously don't doubt.

But it's because Apple has a thing for marketing.

You can never pry me away from an actual keyboard(phones included).

And don't get me started on the FEEL of mechanical keyboards :) 
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