I’m actually in shock that a category of computers has died so quickly. I knew netbooks weren’t going to last forever, but I didn’t think that they’d be gone after only 5 years. Both Asus and Acer have announced that they will no longer be making these ultra-portable laptops. While there are several contributing factors, the primary factors were Apple’s iPad and MacBook Air (and the ultrabook category that the Air inspired). When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in 2010, he aimed directly at netbooks. Most people who wanted a netbook, wanted one because it was more portable than a full laptop. They primarily tasks that people used netbooks for were to surf the web and check email and the iPad did both tasks better. But being attacked by the MacBook Air (and ultrabooks) was the final nail in the netbook’s coffin. Why buy an inferior category of laptop when you can spend a little more and get a laptop that is just as portable and does everything better. Netbooks didn’t stand a chance. More blood on Apple’s hands.