Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009
3. Rise of the Netbook
When they first appeared, they looked more like those empty e-mail devices from the early part of the decade. But their low cost, light weight, long battery life and "good enough" capabilities first caught on with consumers and then among business users. From a few manufacturers to a full array of PC brands– Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba and, perhaps soon, Apple and Google – now offer netbooks. These small devices aren’t PCs, but who needs standard hard drives and optic drives when there’s cloud services and ubiquitous wireless connectivity? Netbooks are quickly becoming human portals to the cloud.