ASUS and Acer, the last two holdouts in the netbook market, will no longer be manufacturing the devices in 2013. Acer just announced that it will be ceasing production of tablets come January 1, 2013, while ASUS made the decision recently. This follows in the footsteps of other manufacturers like Samsung, HP, and Dell, which have one by one realized that netbooks aren’t as important as the initial hype purported them to be.
There are a number of reasons behind the downfall of netbooks, but the two biggest factors are likely the introduction of ultrabooks and, more importantly, tablets. Personally, I have completely replaced my laptop and netbook with a tablet. This is due in large part to the dual-nature of new Windows 8 tablets like the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, which seamlessly (or almost seamlessly) blends the laptop and tablet form factors. With one of these devices, there’s really no need for a netbook.
Do you still use a netbook? Or do you – like me – prefer tablets?