Wired Magazine has written a comprehensive and fairly balanced article on netbooks. Whether it ends up in the November edition of the print magazine (I didn’t see it in October’s), I don’t know.
I do know it was pretty well written and researched and it ties into what I and a lot of others who currently use them or have come into contact with them believe: That they are set to take off, and that they aren’t just being snapped up by mobile users looking for a truly ultraportable fix – Brian X. Chen thinks that many normal users will be buying netbooks in the future.
As the article points out, and as I’ve mentioned, currently here in the US, on Amazon’s best-selling laptop list, 9 out of the top 10 and 12 out of the top 15 selling laptops are netbooks. That’s pretty staggering in and of itself.
Chen mentions that analysts are predicting by 2013 that netbooks will be matching laptops as far as the markets worldwide – in the 100 million+ range.
The article is well worth checking out – they believe that price is a driving factor, along with the fact that many netbooks can do a large amount of what people are using mainstream PCs and laptops for (and they discuss the future of netbooks and how we’ll see more features next year and beyond).
Read: Wired Magazine