When the netbook was brought to market for the first time years ago the main goal was to bring affordable and ultra-portable Internet machines to the masses. For the most part netbooks achieved those goals although the usability of the computers was limited compared to larger and more expensive full-sized laptop computers. Ultimately the netbook craze died down due to a slow-down in new designs and advancements in the low-voltage processor market to satisfy the performance needs of everyday consumers. The arrival of cheaper tablet computers also caused consumers to abandon the netbook. Today the name netbook isn't being placed on any new laptops, but at IFA 2013 a few computer makers brought back netbook-esque styling when they unveiled their new budget Windows 8 laptops for Fall 2013.
The company that spearheaded the netbooks rise to popularity, Asus, unveiled a netbook styled laptop as did Toshiba. The Asus offering consumers can expect to see in stores during the coming months is a very Eee PC-like Asus X102BA. The Asus X102BA offers the latest in battery concise processing chips with a dual-core AMD Temash APU and the small laptop also has a 10.1-inch 1366-by-768 multi-touch LCD that is paired with Windows 8. The Asus product hasn't been priced yet, but we're being told to expect the laptop to be affordable.
On a more related note for this particular article Toshiba also introduced a netbook-sized laptop that whose style heavily resembles one of the Toshiba's old Satellite NB series netbooks.
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