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Intel exec pans netbooks: used for "an hour"

updated 12:55 pm EST, Fri November 28, 2008

Intel Exec Pans Netbooks

Intel is no longer as enthusiastic as it has been regarding netbooks, company sales and marketing VP Stu Pann has said at a supply chain conference. The executive reveals that the popularity of netbooks in Western countries has been unexpected at Intel, which had only expected strong use by children and developing countries that were either better suited to the small form factor or else couldn't afford a full-size system. Many of the systems aren't well-suited to extended use by adults, he notes.

"If you've ever used a netbook and used a 10-inch screen size, it's fine for an hour," Pann says. "It's not something you're going to use day in and day out."

He adds that the components behind netbooks are "incremental" revenue for Intel rather than a core aspect of its business.

The popularity of netbooks has increasingly been regarded by Intel and notebook manufacturers themselves as a problem, according to analysts. The emphasis on a low price is known to hurt profit margins for both Intel and its computer building partners, as the Intel Atom processor costs below $30 where many Celeron M, Pentium dual-core and Core 2 chips cost multiple times more.

Pann's objection also reflects a cooler stance on netbooks by system makers like Apple, whose chief Steve Jobs has labeled netbooks a "nascent market" that might not necessarily be sustainable. He has also resisted pressure on Apple to venture into particularly low-cost computers as a whole, noting that it dilutes his brand and represents too steep a compromise. [via CNET]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not a replacement

    It's an addition. I have a full-sized laptop and one of the mini-laptops or "netbooks" or whatever they're calling them now. I realize the difference, and I use them differently.

    For example, I'll take the mini one when I want a computer for simple things, but I don't want to lug the full-sized one around. If I need more power or will be using it longer, I take the big one.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's odd

    I remeber using a PowerBook with a sub-10" screen and one of those Kangaroo Macs (I forget the proper name, but they had a trackbar, and they stuffed parts of old Macs into it [ROM's from MacPlus's I believe] to avoid what PyStar is going through).

    It depends entirely on what you use them for.

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "...fine for an hour."

    Well that's exactly what it SHOULD be used for. Intel and Apple may not like it, but it is probably good for the human soul to spend (outside of work and personal creative time) less than an hour at a time on a friggin' computer. I should anyway. My MacBookPro is so fun and functional that I lose hours at a time and it my relationships and exercise program would benefit immensely!!

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