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Mini-notebooks are here to stay


Some critics seem to think that UMPC (ultra mobile PCs) are just a fad. Wrong. They’re here to stay.

In Ultraportable laptops: Their rise and possible fall, David Haskin reports that “While pundits and technology journalists have lavished attention on these products, skeptics have raised questions. For instance, is there anything really special about these devices, or do they just represent old technology in new packaging? Are users as enthusiastic about these tiny laptops as the pundits are? Will they fade away like so many other ‘next big things?'”

Haskin goes on to report that Avi Greengart, mobile device research director at Current Analysis, for one, said that “It’s way too early to talk about this being a viable product category.”

Sorry, that’s not the case.

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