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The Netbook
The Netbook
This battery-sipping notebook category took off with double-digit growth during the recession because such PCs were small, lightweight and dirt-cheap. Problem was, you often got what you paid for, which meant hardware just sufficient enough to check email, surf the web and play standard definition videos, but not much else. With the rise of tablets like the iPad and the decline in standard PC notebook and MacBook Air prices, it's no wonder netbook shipments are expected to decline 33% this year to nearly 22 million units and then to nearly 13.5 million come 2015.

Last updated October 05 2011: 2:08 PM ET
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