20 Quick Facts about Netbooks
Mini notebook computers or netbooks, first introduced in late 2007, have taken the market by storm: with shipments growing by 71 percent year over year from the in the first quarter of 2010, according to analyst firm Gartner. That compares to a 43 percent growth rate for notebook computers overall during the same period.
Tiny, power-sipping netbooks saved the day in 2009 as the only computer category that saw any kind of sales growth. Their low price and portability made them the platform of choice for both consumers and business people on-the-go. And in spite of the Apple iPad likely eating into the netbook's market share, plenty of buyers still want these little PCs for their price and their physical keyboards. Here are some quick facts you may not know about netbooks.