Dell has confirmed it will no longer make consumer netbooks. Instead, the company will focus on developing higher-end, premium “thin and powerful” laptops, following the industry’s shift to Ultrabooks.
Dell’s 10-inch Mini netbooks have disappeared from sale on Dell.com, Liliputing spotted recently. Instead, when you’re searching for a netbook, Dell might offer you the 14-inch Inspiron 14R or the older 11-inch Inspiron 11z.
With the Inspiron 11z currently going for $399.99 in a limited clearance sale and the Inspiron 14R starting at $499.99, this means a new laptop from Dell will set you back a bit more than the $300 or so a Mini 10 previously cost. You also lose a bit of the portability that netbooks offer.
If you really must have a Dell netbook and don’t care about price, Latitude netbooks for business users are still available starting at a whopping $469 price. Dell confirmed to The Verge that the company will also still offer the Inspiron Duo netbook/tablet hybrid.
Otherwise, Dell’s Marketing Director Alison Gardner told the tech blog that “Thin and powerful is where it is at for us.”
Netbooks may have had a good run in the last two years, but the cheap laptops have been dying a slow death thanks to tablets like the iPad and now the next class of lightweight laptops, the Ultrabook. The ultraportable is dead. Long live the ultraportable.