Toshiba America says no to new netbooks
Want a small laptop? Get an Ultrabook
Another sure sign the netbook's day is done: Toshiba's US wing has confirmed it will no longer offer new versions of the laptop-lite machines.
Wondering where the heck the Intel Atom N2600-based Toshiba NB510 had got to, US netbook site Liliputing asked the company when the Cedar Trail machine might be expected to arrive Stateside.
Short answer: never.
Toshiba US will be promoting Ultrabooks instead, a spokesman from the firm told the site.
In the UK, the 10in NB510 is still available from Toshiba. It'll set you back £306. It has older models at £249, if you prefer something a bit cheaper.
At the company's 2012 product showcase, held early in April, staff insisted there was still a market here for netbooks, despite the momentum behind tablets and the arrival of the Ultrabook.
Still, netbooks' plunging share of UK retail tech sales doesn't paint a rosy picture of the platform's future, whether Toshiba continues to offer them or not. ®
When ultrabooks are the same price as netbooks I'll consider buying one.
Doesn't make much sense
Toshiba is proposing dropping netbooks, which cost £200 or thereabouts and selling ultrabooks which cost £800 or thereabouts. And they think people who were previously going to buy a netbook will splash 4x as much out on an ultrabook? More likely they'll just buy a netbook from another manufacturer.
10" old model netbook £249
10" current model netbook £306
10" new model ultrabook £800+ ?
All with the same crappy low res screens and underperforming chipset.
Old netbooks never die...
...at least, the SSD-based ones don't seem to, and fulfil their original, intended purposes admirably, so there's hardly any replacement market for them.
Sent from my Asus EEE 701 4G (4.5 years old)
Short answer: too big, too expensive.