Netbooks with 10-inch displays dropping below $300

Netbooks with 10-inch displays dropping below $300

Summary: When Asus announced the first netbook back in June 2007, the company said it would sell for $199. That turned out to be too optimistic, but two years later prices are really starting to drop.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

When Asus announced the first netbook back in June 2007, the company said it would sell for $199. That turned out to be too optimistic, but two years later prices are really starting to drop.

Several sites have noted that the latest Dell flyer includes an updated version of the company's 10-inch netbook, the Inspiron Mini 10v, which will be available in mid-May for $299. The current model, the Inspiron Mini 10, sells for $399. Both look similar, but the Mini 10v uses the 1.6GHz Atom N270 chip found in most netbooks, rather than the Atom Z series. The Inspiron Mini 9, which starts at $279, already uses the Atom N270.

Computer makers are also cutting deals with wireless carriers to offer subsidized netbooks with data contracts. The latest rumor involves the HP Mini, which continues to be one of the better netbook designs. The mobile site Boy Genius Report says it has confirmed that HP and Verizon will announce the HP Mini 1151nr for $199 with a two-year contract on May 17. That's the same day that Verizon will release the Novatel MiFi 2200, a tiny, battery-powered wireless router with a 3G modem that's been getting some good reviews. So that's another way to get your netbook or notebook online from virtually anywhere.

One reason that netbook prices need to come down is that ultraportable notebooks are moving closer to their turf. Last week I wrote about two low-cost 13-inch laptops, the Gateway UC series and HP Pavilion dv3. Acer's Timeline series and the MSI X-Slim series--both of which use Intel's new CULV (Consumer Ultra Low-Voltage chips)--will also fall into this category.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Mobile Operators may like Android as the OS

    I can see mobile operators embracing netbooks running a smartphone OS like Android. Not only do they get a data contract, but they also get a cut of the application revenue from Android Market purchases. That's something they don't get with desktop OSes.
    • In your dream

      Only if you want netbook dunction like your phone.
      • Functionality you don't get with a desktop OS

        The mobile operators may also like the fact that you can make cell phone calls, with a bluetooth/wired headset. That also generates revenue.

        Add GPS, an accelerometer & a compass & you get even more functionality you don't get with typical desktop OSes.

        In general, you need to keep in mind that a large percentage of users just check email, browse the web, listen to music, watch videos, etc. Those things are well within the capabilities of a smartphone OS.

    • Android comes from Google

      Don't want any Google spyware on any machine I own.
    • Yeh, I can see it know, Surf the Verizon Web, Email

      the Verizon Customer Base, Download the Verizon Apps, Watch the Verizon Videos, Listen to Verizon Music, Live the Verizon Internet Walled Garden. No thank you!
  • Beware the 3G bite

    The netbooks subsidized by cellular carriers will
    bit their users when these users bump up against the
    transmission caps their contracts have. The overage charges are like sharks lying in wait for the unsuspecting.

    A 5 GB cap simply doesn't allow for streaming, video uploads, or much of what constitutes a rich web experience.

    • True that...

      I was looking for a cheap mobile internet connection. I almost choked when I saw the 5G caps and 25 cent per megabyte (not gigabyte) overage charges. And that 5 GB is per month. On an average day I blow through about 1-2 GB with out a sweat. Stream in a movie and you are done.

      Usually the smart phones have unlimited plans and I asked an employee of AT&T and they said it was truly unlimited with out any data caps. However the iphone doesn't support a bluetooth keyboard so that pretty much limits its usability for me.
      • Aren't you the lucky one

        I live in Australia, where 5GB per month data caps are normal, and it's not at a great speed either.
        So we use less bandwidth, don't download movies etc because 1) it takes too long and 2) costs too much if you go over the limits.
        If we could get netbooks with 5GB/month, they'd be picked up by loads of peopel here because it's no different to the normal caps.