Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/189390/are-chromebooks-the-new-netbooks-and-what-does-that-mean/
Netbooks — small, cheap, slow laptops — were once very popular. They fell out of favor — people bought them because they seemed cheap and portable, but the actual experience was lackluster. Most netbooks now sit unused.
Got the $249 Samsung Chromebook in De. 2012 and I absolutely love it! I am at coffee right now using it to surf the web, blog a little, check e-mails, etc. The damned thing boots-up fast as lightning, it's very lite and easy to carry around and conceal in the car so the bad-boys don't see it.
Unlike a tablet, it is a 2-part computer that closes up tight to protect the screen.It does not get viruses and updates itself. By Dec. 2012 I figure it will have cost me approx 50 cents per day to own this thing, and I'm on it at least 4-5 hrs every single day! Find me a better deal than that!
I'm gonna check out the new Chromebook 2 when it debuts this Summer, not because I need it though. My current Chromebook is still humming along and showing no signs of getting tired. I am just really excited to see what the new Chromebook can do. They say it's gonna be around $300, if so, I may just buy it if it's really that much nicer than my current Chromebook.
The Chrome OS is far too restrictive. You really are tied up.
If I had a complaint-GOOGLE seemingly owning all information internet. While I know the world wide web is one huge sieve, one huge plastic bubble in which all is visible--I don't like one company saving and having access to this info. Their argument for scanning emails for meta-data to justify being able to gear specific advertisesments is NOT sufficeint justification for the practice. I like the laptop for its portability, flexibility, and versatility. A Chromebook still seems too limiting. (And I never get this notion of walking around with an expensive goo ga that has all kinds of private information on it--ready to be stolen at a moment's notice.)
I like my Acer One netbook. My mom got it for me in 2010 and I love it! I have it triple booting with 64 Bit Win7 Pro & Win 8.1 and currently I have Mint, but I have used Arch, Puppy, Kali, at one time Bodhi, as well as a few other distros that my hubbie recommended. Although I also have an iPad, which is easier to use when working out and for reading, I prefer my little netbook for taking to school and for getting schoolwork done since I use LibreOffice on it. I read from somewhere that someone was also running CS6 successfully on their Acer One. I have not tried that yet nor will I since I am not a fan of Adobe, but overall I think my netbook has been pretty rad.
A Chromebook will never be the next netbooks. The beauty of netbooks besides basic office and surfing is you have a full windows/linux operating system with lots of programs available.
Netbooks are very popular here in Asia and still selling well, but that number is going down with the advent of tablets.
Malware creators are not yet targeting Chrome OS since there is a very small user base compared to windows, mac, and the rest of linux.
More apps and improvements should be made by google if they want to make a dent in the OS market.
In fact, the first netbook actually ran Linux, not Windows, and it was nearly exactly what a Chromebook is today.
You can buy a Chromebook for $200. It runs for several hours on battery. It is really only useful when connected to the Internet. This is exactly what the first netbooks were designed to do.
@campbell2644 that's what a netbook is. It's just a web browser, not a desktop PC.
Personally, I thought tablets and smartphones had filled the netbook niche, but the popularity and price point of the Chromebook appears to be changing that - again. Given the choice, it seems like a lot of people would rather have a laptop than have a tablet.
Personally, I use both... my small laptop gets a lot of use for watching videos and Skype (I bought it specifically to run Skype and Netflix/Hulu+), and my iPad gets a lot of Netflix/Hulu watching and Kindle reading.
What I really want is a Windows 8 tablet that has the storage capacity of my laptop, internal 4G wireless, and a solid, detachable keyboard like the Asus Transformer. But since that doesn't exist, I'll have to make do with having two separate devices.
For the past eighteen months I have done all my work on an XP-based Eee PC with 1GB memory, running Opera, Eudora and WP X3, plus and concurrently at times MS Word, Google Earth and ACDSee pro 6 (probably never all of these at the same time), and it all worked fine. Now with its successor running W7 Starter, I can barely even run WP macros because the computer is too slow... But my point is: I preferred using the netbook to a laptop because it did everything, without, when travelling, being obviously something worth stealing! (And without weighing a ton and costing a bomb.) Luckily I have now found an s/h Eee with W7 and 2GB RAM, so I'm hoping to prolong my love affair with netbooks for a bit longer!
A Chromebook nukes a netbook from a high height. The difference between the two is huge. Netbooks were poor quality, usually single core Atom, poor HDD, low ram and pathetic 600 pixel depth screens that action windows were too big for.
Windows was too much for them even with the basic starter versions. Netbooks deserved to die a horrible death.
Using a Chromebook is a far superior experience. I would never go back to a netbook.
Chromebook sales numbers seem surprisingly high. NPD reported that Chromebooks were 21% of all notebooks sold in the US in 2013. If you combine laptop and tablet sales into a single statistic, Chromebooks were 9.6% of all those devices sold. That’s 2/3 as many Chromebooks sold as iPads in the US!
@ChrisHoffman. Your article mentioned that Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all notebooks sold in the US last year. This is factually incorrect:
Analysts blast crappy Chromebooks reporting, defend platform's potential « Computer World
Media reports two weeks ago that Chromebooks had had a successful 2013 drew criticism from analysts, including one whose data sparked the coverage.
"There has been a ton of misreporting as many lazy reporters and bloggers have characterized this as all sales, which it wasn't, or even consumer sales, which it most assuredly was not," said Stephen Baker of the NPD Group, in an email reply to questions. "It has been very personally distressing to me that so many reporters/bloggers refuse to read, or don't know what commercial channels mean."
Baker was referring to information NPD released Dec. 23 that said Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all U.S. notebook sales through the commercial retail channel for the first 11 months of 2013.
In his email, Baker defined the commercial channel as the distributors -- like CDW and Ingram Micro -- that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. His data did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, directly to businesses.
Finally, a Sensible Story sets the Chromebook Record Straight
NPD’s press release clearly states U.S. “commercial channels” not all retail sales, as has been widely misreported. That 21 percent number isn't the whole pie but a much smaller portion of it. This misreading, misunderstanding, or misreporting (take your pick) fostered an echo chamber of stories predicting 2014 as the year of the Chromebook.
Please could you amend your article, since in its current form it is just plain wrong and incredibly misleading.
Exactly! Classic apples & oranges anyway. A Chromebook is really best described as an internet "tool" that is fast, durable, lightweight, highly portable, trouble free, and CHEAP! I have a powerful Windows desktop and and a powerful 15.6" Windows laptop too. The wife plays with the desktop, the laptop gathers dust on my desk, but the Chromebook goes with me everyday. I also have a hammer, a saw, a drill....you get the picture.....these are all tools that serve different functions, just like the myriad of modern computers out there. Chromebooks really fit the bill for a lot of us, that's why they sell, and why so many mfgr's are getting in the demand for them.
In my opinion, chromebooks should replace netbooks. I was looking to replace my Asus XP netbook not because of MS drop kicking XP but because it was so impossibly slow and dysfunctional it wasn’t usable anymore. I bought a HP 14” chromebook with a SSD preinstalled and I’m thrilled with it. I particularly like not being bogged down by software to make it do what I want, there’s an app for that. No MS updates or security software and scanning is icing on the cake. Of course I have other computers for my business but they’ve become a bothersome chore since I got my chromebook. It goes everywhere with me. Open it and go, very liberating.
There are certain things that my netbooks can do that no other device can do, except maybe Chromebooks now.
Their big positives are
- Portability (chuck it in a bag)
- Battery life ( more than 5 hours of use)
- Boot time (30 seconds vs 2 minutes for my desktop computer)
Mind you, that's for Linux machines. No ideas what Windows machines would be like, but I imagine that boot would be slower and battery life shorter.
It sounds like these uses are now provided by Chromebooks.
This article is ridiculous. Netbooks are great. I am on my third Netbook. My first was an MSI with 2 gb RAM. I then graduated to a an ACER Aspire with a bigger HD. These both ran XP. I am a heavy user. These machines were loaded with Windows compatible software, including Office. I also use LaTeX and a text editor front end for it. I run browsers with many tabs open at once. I rip and burn (with an external USB drive) CDs and DVDs. I routinely watch online video without any difficulty. I edit and gain audio files.
I am now on my third Netbook, a 10.1 ACER with a dual core Atom, 4 gb memory, a 320 gb HD, and Windows 7. A significant step up from the 2 gb XP Netbook.
I can take my Netbook anywhere and I do. It has the footprint of an IPad, but leaves IPad in the dust performance and utility wise.
The only thing I would like to but can't do with a Netbook is video editing. So I have to wait to get home to use my Desktop PC for that. I probably would not want to do video editing away from home anyway.
My 4th Netbook is an 11.6 ACER. It has 64 Bit Windows 7 and 8 gb memory. It's not ready yet. I plan to try Windows 8.1 on it so I can use the XP emulator to run the 16 bit installer for some of my 32 bit applications.
Netbooks are full featured PCs in a small, portable package.
Tablets are good for cutting boards; see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtXWWRyJLPw
My guess is that Chromebooks are good for nothing.
By the way, nearly all Netbooks are 10.1 inches, not 8. Only a few extra small 8" models were ever sold.
My Guess is you haven't tried one have you? I've tried plenty of Netbooks. Not found one I wouldn't crush with a steam roller. Why anyone would waste their life with a parts bin clear-out special?
Eh, I don't know. I had a netbook from 2010 to 2012, worked pretty good while I had it with XP (7 wasn't that good, but it had only 1 GB of RAM and I never upgraded it). I could even do a bit of Photoshop, provided I used CS4 or CS2.
I bought an HP DM1 a couple of years ago, and it's still in daily use. My kid almost every day. She plays Minecraft on it, uses it for schoolwork, and watches a lot of YouTube videos. It travels with me because of its size.
I actually bought that netbook to write a book on, and it was perfect for the job. The keyboard on that machine was better than the $1000 Asus notebook I had at the time, and I was able to bust out a 50,000 word book in about month - while sitting in my easy-chair in the living room.
As far as Chromebooks go... as I stated previously, I actually bought a Chromebook to use for VOIP and media streaming; the idea was for it to act as my desk phone, music player, and second web browser when I needed to browse a manual while working on the main computer full-screen. The only reason I returned it was that I ended up needing one app that couldn't run in Chrome OS. (I could have made that work, but I'd have had to root the machine, which involves physically opening the case and removing a screw that write-protects the system ROM.)
While the modern Chromebooks are not award-winning hardware, they are more than adequate for casual users and good enough as a second screen for professionals. No steamroller required.
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