I love seeing new and innovative technology. Especially the kind that is targeted at saving people time and/or money. In the notebook and netbook world Acer has been the company to watch. Just this week Acer announced yet another interesting addition to the netbook family, a 11.6 inch laptop.
Netbooks have been the one area of the computing world that hasn’t been affected by a bad economy. I believe this is due to their low price and generally useful size. Only a few years ago you would have had to pay a premium price for a laptop with a size similar to these ultra-cheap and portable machines.
I especially see this new netbook realm being an excellent opportunity for small businesses. Only rarely have I seen anyone who actually requires a more powerful laptop than can be found in a netbook. People throw around all kinds of stats regarding the percentages of people and use of a computer, so I thought I would make up one of my own.
80% of computer users do not need any computer more powerful than a netbook.
Very few people actually use a computer for more than basic word processing, Internet, IM and e-mail, and that is where this beautiful new computer comes in. Acer is finally releasing the first netbook with a 100% size keyboard. That means the only trade off of a netbook is reduced processing speed. In exchange you get portability, and a superior price. I’ll take a dozen.
If you are looking at replacing or purchasing a new computer anytime soon, I would recommend that you take a serious look at a netbook. Make sure the netbook is a Windows XP netbook or you will have some issues with having to relearn the operating system, otherwise the lower cost and finally a real size keyboard makes a computer like this a really hard bargain to pass up. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to replace my computer with this because I am one of the few who doesn’t just use my computer for Internet. I am seriously looking at a netbook like this for a backup computer. I might even purchase one for my wife as well.