Who said netbooks are dead? Well, pretty much everybody that has been involved in the business for the past half a decade or so. But it appears mini-laptops are still alive and kicking.
Asus, one of the market’s road-openers and leaders, seems to want to bring back netbooks from the dead. The first step is a budget-friendly 10.1-incher called 1015E and going for just $299 via Amazon.com.
The 1015E takes a small detour from the traditional netbook road in that it packs a dual-core Intel Celeron processor instead of an Atom CPU, but other than that it’s basically the textbook definition of a netbook.
It’s small, light (2.8 pounds), relatively thin (0.93 inches) and it doesn’t aim to break any speed records. At the same time, it does have a little bit of personality and pizazz, boasting a decent 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution display and featuring 2 GB of RAM and a 320 GB HDD beneath its hood to go nicely with that zippy processor.
You get a pretty nice assortment of ports and connectivity options too, including HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, USB 2.0 and 3.0, whereas the battery is not massive, but apparently capable of running for up to 7.5 hours on a single charge. So why aren’t these things hits again?