New computer offerings compete with netbooks
Small and inexpensive netbooks were some of the most popular computers in the recession, wooing consumers with their portability and prices that were often below $400. Now with the economy improving, consumers will be asked to open their wallets to new styles of computers, including some costing a bit more.
Among the new offerings being unveiled at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: lightweight, medium-sized laptops meant as a step above netbooks in price and performance. There also will be at least one "smartbook" — a tiny computer that combines elements of netbooks and so-called smart phones.
And while netbooks proved that there is an appetite for highly mobile computers, consumers will likely come to want more power and portability.