The First Netbook

Laptop manufacturer Asus is credited with introducing the first Netbook back in 2007. That was the Eee PC, originally targeted as a small and affordable portable computer for schools and users in developing countries. Asus's strategy was interesting because the other compact computer platform around at the time - the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)-was struggling. UMPCs generally didn't look like conventional laptops and had touchscreens. But the Netbook was just like a miniaturised laptop. There was no doubt that the Eee PC was cute and caught the imagination of the general market. Today, practically all the big notebook brands are now introducing Netbooks.

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