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Dell Founder Lambasts Netbooks As PC Market Grows

Dell’s chief executive Michael Dell has apparently didn’t care about his company’s huge line-up of the small-screen notebooks, popularly known as “netbooks”, when he told a Silicon Valley dinner, “Netbooks aren’t for everyone”.

The computer maker’s outspoken leader has slammed netbooks for the apparently disappointing user experience associated with them.

In a dinner hosted by Churchill Club, Dell said: “If you take a user who's used to a 14- or 15-inch notebook and you say 'Here's a 10-inch netbook,' they're gonna say 'Hey, this is so fantastic. It's so cute. It's so light. I love it. But about 36 hours later, they're saying 'The screen's gonna have to go. Give me my 15-inch screen back.”

He further did his best to persuade the Silicon Valley that users are simply no longer interested in the netbooks, and an average user now looks for high-end PCs over their low cost counterparts.

However, the PC market has shown an upward trend after months of slump in demand, as the global sales of the PCs were reportedly up by two percent in the third quarter, following significant decline in the first and the second quarters.

But, even this rise in demand is hardly helping the growth of revenues and profits for most companies which indicated that the growth has primarily been confined to the low-cost PC segment only.

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