Netbook shipments to die completely by 2015

The latest predictions from iSuppli spell imminent doom for netbooks, with the market intelligence company predicting that shipments of the dying PC breed will fall to zero by 2015. In the meantime, shipments are predicted to drop by 72% this year, slumping to 3.97 million units from 14.13 million last year, and 32.14 million at its peak in 2010.

Unsurprisingly, iSuppli cites tablets as the reason for the rapid decline in demand for netbooks; the iPad was introduced in 2010, bringing with it a new, exciting form factor that led to a "massive loss of interest in netbooks". The cheap PC form factor was intended to offer greater accessibility to basic functions such as browsing the web (hence netbook); however with the increasingly wide range of cheap tablets, the netbook no longer has a place in the market.

Netbooks officially stopped production earlier this year when Acer and Asus bowed out of the market, with Intel's Atom range of processors instead being re-purposed for use inside Windows 8 tablets. The remaining inventory will form the shipments for the following years, and by 2015, netbooks will be just a memory in the minds of some consumers.

Source: iSuppli via: The Next Web | Image via Asus

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Ultrabooks.

Netbooks of the past were underpowered, cheap machines. I had three. Two with Atom chips, one with a dual core AMD. The AMD C-50 one was *almost* good enough to use for everything.

Now with ultrabook prices falling under $500, we see "netbooks" dying off.

Brandon said,
Ultrabooks.

Netbooks of the past were underpowered, cheap machines. I had three. Two with Atom chips, one with a dual core AMD. The AMD C-50 one was *almost* good enough to use for everything.

Now with ultrabook prices falling under $500, we see "netbooks" dying off.


Agreed, the netbook isn't going away, it's just evolving to be more powerful.

That's bad news. I still prefer netbook instead of tablets for one main reason - HDD.
There are also few other reasons, but the posibility to put inside a huge HDD is my favorite. I use to take it in my trips, sometimes in regions without internet, and put on it HD movies and photos from my cameras - all I filmed in my trips. I can't do this on a tablet. And usually I create about 75-100 Gb of HD video and about 20 Gb photos in one trip.

I think netbooks are obsolete at this point in time. Tablets are more portable, laptops are more powerful, and Chromebooks are there for the people that want a cheap alternative to allow you simply browse the net and do other basic tasks.

They had a good run in the day, and satisfied the demand for smaller laptops until tablets arrived.

RIP