Enter the Notbook

Here’s a nice piece from Engadget’s Joanna Stern on a class of portable PC–roomier and more powerful than a netbook, but compact and minimalist compared to traditional notebooks–which she calls notbooks. I like ’em myself–and despite the “not” in her nickname, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them become the dominant form of laptop over the next couple of years.


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  1. Dave January 31, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Creating a new class of computer seems silly. No one made a new class of laptop when 17" screens and high power Nvidia GPUs became commonplace. Why not just call them netbooks with the latest processor and a slightly larger screen?

    • Harry McCracken January 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

      I’ve actually said–so many times that I’m sick of hearing myself repeat it–that they’re all just notebooks of varying sizes, capabilities, and prices. But I like notenotbooks of the sort that Joanna is talking about…