In spite of low performance and relatively low quality, the popularity of netbooks has increased dramatically in the past few years. However, they will never replace fully-fledged notebooks, according to Dell, one of the world’s largest makers of personal computers.
“There's been some over-exuberance on this product in the marketplace. Some of our competitors have positioned [netbooks] as a replacement device, and then you see feedback from customers that are disappointed when they gave up their notebook for a netbook and find that it's not quite as fast or doesn't have quite the same functionality," said Steve Felice, president of Dell's consumer and small and midsize business unit, during a conference call with reporters, reports IDG News Service.
Interestingly, but in the first quarter of 2010 shipments of Intel Corp.’s Atom processors – which power the absolute majority of netbooks – fell. According to IDC, the share of Atom chips decreased from 24% to 20% in spite of overall microprocessor shipments increase.
Unlike companies like Asustek Computer, Dell does not plan to expand its netbook range in the foreseeable future.
"We think we're selling the appropriate number of these products to the appropriate set of needs," said Mr. Felice.