Dell doubts netbook advantage

Company CEO confident that consumers will always want a higher spec
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The billionaire founder and CEO of Dell has publicly questioned the long-term appeal of netbooks.

Attendees at a recent Churchill Club heard Michael Dell criticise the low-end features and performance of most netbooks.

“With the netbook, if you take a user who is used to a 14-inch or 15-inch notebook and give them a 10-inch netbook, a few hours later they want their big screen back,” he said.

Dell’s own range of netbooks are said to be performing healthily across the market, with the firm’s Latitude 2100s selling particularly well to school pupils.

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