Desktops and Notebooks: How Netbooks Are Fighting Back Against the Tablets

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-03 Email Print this article Print
Netbooks-small, light, inexpensive laptops designed for basic business tasks like e-mail and Web browsing—first 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 tablets—including the very popular Apple iPad, Hewlett-Packard's convertible EliteBook, Dell's soon-to-come Streak and many others in development—a 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.

How Netbooks Are Fighting Back Against the Tablets

by Chris Preimesberger
How Netbooks Are Fighting Back Against the Tablets
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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