When asked about netbooks earlier this year, Apple COO Tim Cook didn’t beat around the bush: “They have cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small
screens, and just not a consumer experience, and not something that we would put
the Mac brand on, quite frankly“.
That’s fine, but the reality is that netbooks have made a huge mark on the market and have been given credit for driving much of the growth in the PC market. It’s not hard to see why: for $300 or less in some cases, consumers can have an internet-capable ‘mini-laptop‘. In this economy, it’s safe to say that many netbooks have been sold to consumers who otherwise would not have made a laptop purchase due to price considerations.