Dell is leaving Netbooks to the dustbin of laptop history. But it's not terribly surprising, considering the rise of tablets and the emergence of ultrabooks.
There's a significant interest in AMD's Fusion chip versus Intel's Atom. And that means more un-Netbooks, like Sony's 11.6-inch Y series--very deliberately not labeled a Netbook.
Samsung could be hightailing it out of the netbook business next year, according to reports, with tablets taking over.
Asus has a few new Netbook models, keeping the category alive for another year.
More netbooks with faster yet power efficient processors are on the way, but they're not a very popular item in the U.S. market anymore.
Intel plans to roll out its next generation of Netbook-specific Atom processors this year, with systems available around the holidays.
The iPad has crushed the netbook. For the first time tablets -- basically, iPads -- have outsold mini-laptops.
Smaller, cheaper notebooks are indeed a welcome trend. That doesn't make them a unique category.
If there's any question that Netbooks are where much of the interest in laptops lies these days, consider that we've reviewed nine new models since the beginning of March, and Netbooks take up five of the top 10 spots in the list of most-read recent laptop reviews.