Here’s a piece by Gartenberg (on Engadget rather than his own blog) on the topic of “netbooks”. Basically he reckons the success of Small, Cheap Computers™ is down to the “Cheap” part of the it rather than anything else, and i’m inclined to agree. There are a lot of people who just need a computer “to get on the web” and if it handles the odd bit of word processing too then that’s a bonus. Of course these consumers will plump for the cheapest suitable device they can find. If the success of netbooks was really about the compactness and portability of the machines, they’d still be 7-9″ (screen size) devices but they aren’t. Netbooks are getting bigger and bigger.