Milk, Bread, Cheese and a Netbook please?

2008 will be remembered for many things. Obama, the credit crunch, the rise of cloud computing. However, looking at 2008 through a technology lens. One trend stands out more than anything else – The rise of the netbook.

Ever since the buzz that surrounded Asus Eee PC, earlier this year, computer manufacturers have flooded the market with netbooks based around the Intel Atom processor. Demand for these little machines has been phenomenal. So much so, it is remarkable to see the major supermarkets now selling netbooks on their shelves. Also, industry insiders such as Steve, predict that this Christmas the most wanted gadget may very well be the humble netbook.

But why?

Most people today already own a desktop, a laptop computer or both. So, why the need/demand for a very small computer with conservative hardware requirements Netbooks, have created a niche market to themselves for a number of key reasons which include:

  • They are cheap. Ranging from £170 – £300. Netbooks bring the cost of computing down to affordable levels for all
  • They are extremely portable.  Netbooks can almost be taken anywhere. With Solid State Disks (SSD Flash memory), battery consumption can reach between 4-6 hours.
  • 90% of average computer usage is within the browser.  The vast majority of people use their computers mostly for web based email, casual web surfing, online shopping or producing the odd document. Essentially, you do not need a computer with a big performance to carry out routine daily tasks

Netbooks make near perfect machines for “gifted amateurs”. Great for bloggers, podcasters and with many models featuring built in webcams, you can make Skype video calls too.

Netbooks, in my opinion have brought about a small revolution in computing trends in recent times. If you are in the market to buy another computer. I would highly recommend in looking at purchasing a netbook for you, or for your business.

Author: Jas

Jas Dhaliwal is a highly experienced International Social Media Strategist. Currently working as AVG Technologies, Director of Communities and Online Engagement, he specialises in building and engaging with social communities across the web. Born and bred in London, he is passionate about technology and social anthropology. Prior to AVG, Jas launched the social media program for Microsoft’s MVP Award program. Jas holds a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems and has an MBA from Brunel University in London, England. You can follow Jas as @Jas on Twitter or on Google+