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Dell quits Mini netbooks as tablets, ultrabooks take over

updated 07:45 pm EST, Thu December 15, 2011

Dell drops Mini line after short history

Dell has formally but quietly backed out of the netbook category. A search for netbooks like the Mini 10 gives users a warning that the Mini line is "no longer available." In return, buyers are told to pick the much larger Inspiron 14R.

Its closest equivalent to a netbook, the Inspiron Duo, is still listed but won't be available until near the end of the holidays.

In a response to questioning at The Verge, marketing lead Alison Gardner made clear that the focus would be on slim notebooks and ultrabooks. "Thin and powerful is where it is at for us," she said.

The exit follows not long after rumors of Samsung quitting netbooks, although it may still have one or two models at the start of 2012. Tablets, primarily the iPad, have mostly silenced the netbook market by accomplishing many of the same goals but in a much lighter, easier to use, and at times subjectively faster design.

Ultrabooks, where Dell doesn't truly participate yet, are meant to bring some of the instant-on and lightweight properties of tablets to the notebook space, but without sacrificing the speed that frequently ruled out netbooks from being used in serious tasks. Apple's MacBook Air pioneered the category and currently leads in share. [via MyDellMini]

By Electronista Staff


  1. facebook_Francis

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    A sad day

    I picked up a Mini 10v two years ago and Hackintoshed it, and right now I'm trying to make 10.6.8 work on it again. It was the best netbook I ever used; the keys felt natural, the trackpad wasn't as bad as most other computers, and OS X ran on it like a charm.

    It will be missed D:

  1. slapppy

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    We won't miss you.

  1. facebook_Alexander

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    Michael Dell should just return the money to the shareholders.

  1. chippie

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    The Analyst Use Circular Reason-

    ing when saying tablets have killed netbook sales. The manufacturers basically gave up on the category(10.1 inches), so there is little choice in the category. And 11.6 and 12.1 inches is more suited to men's larger hands, so the size naturally evolved to what is now called ultrabooks. A larger screen with full browser and keyboard is a much more productive product than an app based tablet any day, Just because tablets are gaining poplarity now , doesn't mean that they are the cause of changes in sales to PC's , laptops and netbooks. Life is just not that simple.

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