Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell must, even if only by outward appearances, love all of the products that his company makes, right?
Perhaps not, as Dell made comments that were quite disparaging towards the netbook.
"Take a user who's used to a 15-inch notebook and then give him a 10-inch netbook. He'll say 'Oh, this is so cool, it's so lightweight.' Then 36 hours later he'll say the screen's not big enough, give me my 15-inch back," said Dell, according to IDG.
Dell was relatively late to the netbook party by the time it introduced the Inspiron Mini 9, which has since been discontinued. The Mini 10 has since taken its place and has been a popular netbook.
Michael Dell later added that "a fair amount of customers" have been unsatisfied with the smaller screens and lower-performance parts.
The CEO later made more positive comments regarding the new version of Windows, promising that new software such as Windows 7 and Office 2010 will make users love their PCs again.
"If you get the latest processor technology and you get Windows 7 and Office 2010, you will love your PC again," Dell said. "And we actually have not been able to say that for a long time. It's a dramatic improvement."
He has a point and I think he is right on this one for at least most people.
Windows 7 is excellent, even without the "latest processor technology", though I don't find myself giddy in anticipation for Office 10.
Aside from that, I think netbooks are good as long as you have realistic expectations.