Netbooks have grown a lot in the last years. Even though they did not even exist in early 2007, this type of mini laptops are now responsible for more than 20% of notebooks sells all over the world. That means they become very very popular in a short period of time, and their popularity is increasing everyday.
That happened because, unlike the regular laptops, netbooks come with a series of advantages: they are cheaper, smaller, lighter and provide better battery life. On the other part, hardware inside, performances and sometimes ergonomics (for the keyboard and touch-pad) are not that good, but hey, I'm pretty sure most of us do not even use a laptop for anything except regular applications , And those can be easily run on a netbook also.
As I've told you, netbooks are pretty cheap. You can get a decent one for as low as 300 bucks, although there are some with better hardware that can go up to $ 800 bucks. If you want to be able to run anything you want decently, a modern OS like Windows 7 and maybe some games, I would advise you not to buy entry level or mainstream such mini laptops. But instead go for the better ones.
The good part is that winter sales period in on its way right now, and I'm pretty sure there will be some very good offers on such netbooks, probably the most during Black Friday Deals 2009 day, on late November. I for one reckon main netbooks will drop below $ 300 (they are currently retail for around $ 350), while the better 11.6 inch ones with CULV processors and maybe Nvidia ION will drop at least $ 70 bucks from their price, but only on a limited time.
That is because most such best mini notebook computers are as cheap as they can be already. Thus, selling them with big discounts will not be convenient for producers, producers who already do not really appreciate netbooks for their low margins of profit.
We'll just have to wait for Black Friday and the other special days in the winter sales season to see how good deals we will be able to get on netbooks this year.
Source by Mike Aurel Andrew