Dell Jumps on Cheap Notebook Trend

Caters to emerging low-cost high-mobility market
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 8:21 AM CDT
Christine Wright of Hewlett Packard Company holds a new class of miniaturized HP laptops called "netbooks" in San Francisco, Thursday, April 3, 2008. Dell says its new notebook will be similar.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Cheap, small notebooks look like the next big thing. Dell today announced it was jumping into the burgeoning segment, which doesn’t quite have a name yet—some call them netbooks, others mini-notebooks, still others ultramobile PCs or UMPCs. Dell’s machine will start at $399, and sport a wee 8.9-inch screen, the Wall Street Journal reports.

On the price scale, Dell’s offering falls between the category’s best-known device, Asustek Computer’s Eee, which retails for $299, and rival Hewlett-Packard’s $499 Mini-Note. “The bottom line is that we are going to enter the market with products that are smaller and lighter and address more mobile users in a very cost-effective way,” said a Dell spokeswoman.