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Michael Dell Turns on Own Product Line

Nearly everyone is love with netbooks -- they're small, light, cheap, and the battery actually lasts long enough to get some real work done. I've railed several times (selfishly, I'll admit) against Apple for not having affordable laptops or even one netbook in its overpriced lineup.

One man (besides Steve Jobs, apparently) is not a fan of these tiny wonders. Michael Dell is not impressed with the tiny keys, tiny screen and slow performance. Dell (Michael, not the company) believes users are better served by laptops.

As smart and as rich as Michael Dell is, he's missing the point. Netbooks aren't meant to replace your core machine, but to act as a companion -- to be used on the road or anywhere that requires mobility. There's another advantage: By using a netbook, your laptop is safe and sound, and so is the data.

What I want to see built into all netbooks is good synchronization software so any change on either computer is reflected in the other. Is that too much to ask? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/16/2009 at 1:17 PM


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