People who have never seen a netbook should not write op-eds about them

I think it was Harlan Ellison who said: Everyone is entitlted to an INFORMED opinion. So, while I disagree with this TechRepublic article subject line, I figured it was worth taking a look at…

Netbooks are dead. Long live the notebook

That was the case until I read its first sentence: Netbooks — those underpowered mini laptops with 7-inch screens and unusable little keyboards — are a dying fad. Say what? A 7-inch screen? There hasn’t been a mainstream netbook with a 7-inch screen since the first generation Asus (the Eee PC 701) that introduced the netbook concept in 2007. Quite honestly, I stopped reading the article at that point. The standard netbook LCD screen is 10.1 inches these days with a smattering of models with 9-inch displays (like the touchscreen Asus Eee PC T91MT I recently bought).