Dell Leaves the Netbook Business without Saying Goodbye

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Dell was hoping to slip quietly out the door of the netbook business, much the way former Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein tried to duck out of Fenway Park in 2005 donning a gorilla suit. Epstein would stick around six more years and provide Red Sox Nation with another World Series. Dell, on the other hand, appears genuinely finished with netbooks.

If you head over to Dell's Mini 10 Netbook product page, you'll see a big yellow exclamation point alerting you "this product is unavailable." That prompted whispers that Dell was done with netbooks, and when those whispers turned into a loud roar on the Internet, Dell apparently decided to set the record straight.

"Dell confirmed for us that it is no longer making consumer netbooks (the business-aimed Latitude netbooks are still available on," The Verge reports. "Not only are the Inspiron Minis being put in the grave, but the company confirmed for us that it will not be releasing new netbooks based on Intel's forthcoming Cedar Trail platforms. In other words, it is done with the category."

That doesn't include Dell's convertible Inspiron Duo, which will be restocked after the holidays. Otherwise, Dell is done with netbooks, and it's a trend we wouldn't be surprised to see other bulk OEMs follow suit. The sexier option right now is the Ultrabook category, which is arguably just as portable (bigger screens but thinner profiles), but have a higher profit margin.
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tweed524 replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 1:19 PM

WOW - wonder how long they will continue to service them if necessary.

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LLeCompte replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 1:23 PM

Haha. I'm loving the baseball reference. I have a feeling no one really will really miss the standard Dell netbooks very much. going toward the ultra books is actually a good business move. now if Dell could only make ultra books as good as their ultra sharp ips monitors........

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AKnudson replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 1:30 PM

it is really a smart move, dell hasn't kept up with the likes of acer and asus and they would be better focusing their energies elsewhere, good move guys.

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KWalsh replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 1:41 PM

ha... bye bye

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 I was never a big fan of the dell net books. I always felt like they had to add some sort of gimmick to get them to sell, Ie colors and such. 

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Dude your getting a Dell!

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Inspector replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 3:14 PM

Nothing much to say, but BYE! :D Look at all us haters :P

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DDeveaux replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 5:07 PM

Makes sense.  I think overall we are going to see more vendors drop out of the netbook game as tablets and/or Ultrabooks start taking over.  The fact that Dell's Mini series weren't as popular as the ASUS eeePC line or Acer's netbooks explains why Dell is one of the first to abandon the market.

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Ivan92116 replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 9:23 PM

I like my Dell mini, got a refurb at a good price and has worked pretty well.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 10:48 PM

Shame... But I can understand why they had to do it; I mean I have barely heard of anybody using a Dell netbook compared to the likes of ASUS, Levono and Acer; it even gives credence as to why they had to use gimmicks to get their machine to sell...

Still, Dells are good machines but I guess the muscle didn't exactly work out in terms of getting these products out onto the market.


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Dell still might have a market in the school system. Younger kids could use them for schoolwork. Oh well.. on to ultrabooks.

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ASUS, MSI make some kick ass netbook products indeed !!

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Dec 20 2011 8:33 AM

Well the netbook was one of the items on the LA times 10 tech items you no longer need list.



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hazelmae replied on Sat, Oct 20 2012 3:20 AM

I am a dell laptop brand user and the entire family. It's just that it's affordable and very easy to use. I mean I just really love it.

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