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Windows 8: It's goodbye netbooks, hello tablets

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Netbooks have been declining in the face of tablets for quite a while and WIndows 8 certainly had nothing to do with it, the availability and usability of tablets did.

    That being said, a tablet CANNOT replace a netbook if in fact your purpose for it was as a small writing tool or something else that required a keyboard. (The surfaces KB usability still remains to be seen but it is certainly far less functional for extended or random use than a netbook is)

    So no Windows 8 will not be the death of or really have anything to do with the decline in netbooks specifically... Apple and Google already did that.
    So, how are the Surface tablet's touch and type covers inferior to a netbook's, when both devices are relatively the same in size?
    You can use the netbooks keyboard just about anywhere including your lap. Try using a Surface Touch with the flip down keyboard in your lap. It looks like it has to be propped up with the flip out stand. I don't see that being usable in your lap. Unless your going to hold it up with one hand and type with the other.
    Exactly.. and it's a strange little KB beast as well, the comfort (or lack of such) on it has yet to be determined.

    It's an interesting arrangement, but much like metro itself, the Surface is a thing trying to be two different things and it may be less at both rather than more than one.

    People have different uses for their computing needs and if you want a writing device that's portable, a netbook wins hands down over any tablet, with or without physical KB attachment. If you are NOT a writer (or other heavy KB user) and only use your portable device for browsing and the occasional tweet then you don't need a KB at all and it's just wasted and an innefficient cover.

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  2. #32


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Netbooks have been declining in the face of tablets for quite a while and WIndows 8 certainly had nothing to do with it, the availability and usability of tablets did.

    That being said, a tablet CANNOT replace a netbook if in fact your purpose for it was as a small writing tool or something else that required a keyboard. (The surfaces KB usability still remains to be seen but it is certainly far less functional for extended or random use than a netbook is)

    So no Windows 8 will not be the death of or really have anything to do with the decline in netbooks specifically... Apple and Google already did that.
    So, how are the Surface tablet's touch and type covers inferior to a netbook's, when both devices are relatively the same in size?
    You can use the netbooks keyboard just about anywhere including your lap. Try using a Surface Touch with the flip down keyboard in your lap. It looks like it has to be propped up with the flip out stand. I don't see that being usable in your lap. Unless your going to hold it up with one hand and type with the other.
    I don't see that being an issue. You prop it up, put the keyboard cover on, and you have a similar footprint to a netbook.

    New Microsoft Surface tablet PCs - YouTube

    This is a demo of the keyboard, around 1:50, you see the guy clicking on the keyboard cover, and you can barely see that the angle it clicks on is kept without propping up or other support. Looks fairly solid to me.
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  3. #33


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    Yes it will have the same footprint as a Netbook, but you still can't easily use it as a laptop, in your lap and not on a table, with the keyboard attached. Also, I wouldn't really call that flip cover a keyboard. It looks to be just a big touch pad with keys painted on it. If it works as good as they say it does in that video it should be OK though. Might take some getting used to though.

    I only occasionallyly use my laptop but when I do its in my lap, not on a desk or table. I like to lay back in my Lazyboy chair with my laptop right in front of me. The Surface wouldn't work for me, no mater how cool it looks. I want a real keyboard to type on.
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    ...
    there aren't many "Netbooks" / Laptops" around with an 11,1 inch screen -- my Acer is absolutely fabulous for this --nice processor - Native resolution 1366 x 768 light and thin.

    Fitted with an SSD and 8GB of memory it blows away ANY TABLET away on the planet and isn't a lot bigger either. ...
    jimbo
    I think I have the same Acer netbook Jimbo, I also put an ssd in it and it runs Win 7 HP 64 very well, better than many low-end laptops.

    I have zero desire to even try Win 8 on it as I am perfectly satisfied with it running Win 7.
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  5. #35


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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    It's an interesting arrangement, but much like metro itself, the Surface is a thing trying to be two different things and it may be less at both rather than more than one.
    It's not trying, Microsoft said it was a new type of device.
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