Netbooks: it’s one of the fastest growing segments in the PC industry. Expensive little notebooks they are not, but certainly they do fill a niche very well.
Sadly, if some reports are to be believed, Asus’ line of Eee PC netbooks may soon become a little bit on the expensive side. Reports emerged that the Taiwanese computer maker is aiming to hike prices of its notebooks, including the Eee PC line, up to 20 percent. We hope this isn’t a scare tactic to make consumers purchase an Eee PC soon, but if it is indeed true, a new economical kid has arrived on the block.
Enter the Acer Aspire One AOD150. It’s really no different (on paper, at least) from the MSI Wind or Eee PC in 10-inch forms, except that it’s debuting at the very pleasant price of just under $350.
One netbook that we’re expecting a higher price from is the Dell Mini 10. We don’t know much about Dell’s 10-inch entry yet, other than it’ll have a display capable of resolving 720p video -- meaning higher resolution than current offerings -- a TV tuner and multitouch trackpad. We also learned a few new things this week, so click here to read what they are.
To top things off, Intel is now shipping a new configuration of its processor, the Atom N280, that will be able to play high-def video.
And finally, the term netbook is one that we’ve been throwing around quite a while, but software developer Psion is staking claim to that name -- and Google agrees with the trademark. Whatever, we’re still calling them netbooks.