The other thing biting is the lack of performance.
Since the category arrived at the tail-end of 2007, there has been no significant performance increase. The problem is Intel’s Atom processor has seen a number of iterations but no noticeable speed gains.
However, the word is HP is set to make a splash in netbooks for 2011. According to a report at digitimes.com, the big US computer maker has lashed out on a truckload of dual-core Atom N550 processors and gotten them at a neat 25% discount ($65 per chip instead of the usual $US86).
HP has eyes on second-spot on the global netbook ladder. The current top three spots are Acer, Samsung and Asus.
The Atom N550 processor features two cores/four threads and clocks at 1.5GHz. It also features integrated graphics. Overall, it should add around 50-60% to the overall application speed of current-generation netbooks.