What ever happened to netbooks?

Small screens, underpowered but inexpensive they were for a time a traveller’s choice for mobility. Until tablets came along.

But the inexpensive laptop hasn’t completely disappeared. Apparently they’ve been surpassed by Chromebooks.

As Computerworld U.S. notes in a piece on an upcoming Acer unit, Chromebooks accounted for 21 per cent  of commercial laptops shipped in the U.S. last year.

And for road warriors who don’t need heavy number crunching and only want Internet access and light word processing, a Chromebook could fits the bill — as long as the keyboard is acceptable.

The new Acer C720P-2600 cited  — to be available next week — has an 11.6-in screen, will deliver 7.5 hours of battery life and weighs only 1.35 kg. For storage it uses a 32 GB solid state drive.

But the keyboard is, pardon the pun, the key. Unfortunately too many small laptops have cramped keyboards. It doesn’t help that in Canada we get international keyboards with extra keys that force the Enter keys to be small.

Still, I have a netbook for some assignments. As an older guy with a bad back I appreciate the weight saving.

Look for more Chromebooks to appear this year.

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  • Abbas

    Any idea when the new chromebooks might be released in Canada?

  • EM4AN

    I’m not surprised that Chromebooks have finally broken through. They are a great choice for users that spend most of their time in a browser and want a device that starts up fast and is easy to use.

    There are also third party tools for Chromebook users that also need access to Windows applications. For example, Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to securely connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser.

    AccessNow does not require any client to be installed on the Chromebook, as you only need the HTML5-compatible browser.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:

    Please note that I work for Ericom