Intel's $250-$300 Laptops Beckon SMBs

With the processing chops to support a search engine, operating system and some basic applications, Intel's new notebooks could well be decent choices to take on the road. 

When Intel rolls out its new line of microprocessors for low-cost notebooks later this year, don't be surprised if these PCs find their way into businesses.

Emerging markets and educational endeavors are not the only places where these inexpensive PCs will have an impact.

As Intel prepares to launch its Atom line of processors for what it calls "netbooks" and "nettops," the market for these low-cost PCs is worth about $10 billion, CEO Paul Otellini told financial analysts earlier in March. Part of that is expected to come from sales to midmarket and small-business customers.

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