Desktops and Notebooks: How Netbooks Are Fighting Back Against the Tablets
Netbooks-small, light, inexpensive laptops designed for basic business tasks like e-mail and Web browsingfirst hit the market in the late '90s (although they weren't called netbooks back then). They have proved to be a solid seller since then. However, with the advent of the tabletsincluding the very popular Apple iPad, Hewlett-Packard's convertible EliteBook, Dell's soon-to-come Streak and many others in developmenta whole new flock of competitors has arisen. After all, tablets are very similar to netbooks; the main differentiators are touch control and no keyboard. The first Netbook Summit at the Grand Hyatt in Burlingame, Calif., on May 25 showed off a number of the most popular netbooks and featured a number of valuable presentations on the market, products and trends. This slide show focuses on the product highlights. Go here for more information on the Netbook Summit 2010.