Users Fuzzy Over What's a Netbook

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-06-24 Print this article Print

Sure, netbooks are portable and convenient. But plenty of consumers still don't realize there is a difference between traditional laptops and netbooks -- and some are ultimately disappointed by the performance of their systems. Traditional laptops/notebooks offer better performing processors, more applications and the full computer experience.

The target market for the current generation of netbooks is largely confused about how their new devices differ in functionality from traditional laptop computers.  And that makes for a large set of unsatisfied customers.

That's according to a new report from NDP Group, a market research company, that further shows that many consumers who purchased a netbook - 60 percent -- think that netbooks and laptops can do the same things.

>> Click here to read the full report

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at

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