Best Buy Helps Define Netbook For Customers

Yesterday’s announcement that Best Buy will carry the MSI Wind was a big one. It means that the American electronics retailer will be expanding its netbook offerings in its brick and mortar stores and on its Web site. When we spoke with Best Buy, they stressed that it would be expanding its netbook selection and also making a concerted effort to inform buyers about the differences between a netbook and a notebook. Best Buy seems to be starting that effort today on its Web site. The retailer put up a netbooks category within its computers section and has put up its own definition of what a netbook is. Highlighting that a netbook is not a replacement for a main PC, Best Buy defines netbooks as a “mobile device designed for the Internet.” We appreciate that the retailer is making an effort to tell users what netbooks can and can’t do.  We have been doing that for a few months, but its nice to see others in the industry educating buyers about the new product category.

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  1. Jon Says:

    The BestBuy near me only has one netbook and it’s off brand. I’ve been trying to see more of them in person, but it’s tricky. Hopefully they will follow through with stocking more of these in the stores as opposed to just online.

  2. lccurtis Says:

    I am sorry, but I copletly disagree with Best Buy’s definition of a netbook. I am a I.T. professional and netbooks can replace laptops as a main device. 99 percent of the people who use computers only download music, check emails, and surf the web. A netbook does all this without missing a beat. So sorry Best Buy you shouldnt make statements like that because that’s only in YOUR opinion.

  3. Todd in California Says:

    This is the natural evolution of big high power desktop users migrating to ultra portable computers. A Netbook is just a really small and light wireless laptop, after all. We’re here because the electronics has improved. Batteries, processors, web applications and the web itself, wireless connectivity, all have brought down the form factor of devices and made them more portable ~ as well as *created* an intense *need* *for* connectivity.

    The desktop computer industry has a lot to loose as the technology brings us closer to ultra portable ultra-connectivity…

  4. imo Says:

    I understand the whole concept of netbook thing but i am confused if this machine is alright and enough for the professional in an organization
    i can see it coming through where you need to run heavier applications even when a general user have to play big games like voicecity,Dotta,Moha,NFS,SC etc
    I havnt tried it myself but i think these mini netbooks wont be enough for that kind of stuff
    does any1 have experience playing and running heavier applications?

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