Size Matters — Notebooks and Netbooks Trending Toward the 12-inch Mark

15.4-inch notebooks dominate the full-size laptop market now, but there is a growing trend toward smaller screens with powerful guts.  Many manufacturers are easing on down to 14 or 13-inch screens, but it looks like the not-horrendously-priced 12-inch is gaining ground. There’s the Dell Inspiron Mini 12, which, yes, is technically a netbook, but does show that it’s possible to make something decent in that size for under $600.  Then there’s the ASUS N20A, a new 12.1-inch ultraportable laptop with Intel Centrino 2 technology.  The ASUS site claims it’s built for heavy usage, so obviously they feel that a 12-inch screen will work as a primary business or travel notebook at least. Part of the reason why people love netbooks is not just that they’re lighter and less expensive, but also that they’re smaller.  The 7-inch models may be a bit too small, but there are plenty of decent 9 and 10-inch netbooks out there.  Is 12 inches the happy medium between portable and powerful?  Or is it too small for a notebook and too big for a netbook? One thing is certain: with the ASUS coming in at $999, it looks like the days of ultra-expensive 12-inch laptops are over.  And if consumers can get a great, lightweight laptop that slides easily into a bag or briefcase, will 15.4-inch models become “big screens” like the 17-inch ones? via Laptoping

Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options