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November 26, 2008

Netbooks to Fly off the Shelves on Black Friday

By Jessica Kostek, TMCnet Channel Editor

“With what money,” you’re asking. Stop reading and run, fly, jump, skip, scurry but don’t crawl to the nearest electronics store and pick up—what will soon be—an outrageously low priced netbook.
On Black Friday (News - Alert), because of certain circumstances (the economy) netbook makers are lowering their prices in hopes that consumers who have been wishing for one will now make no hesitation in purchasing it.

According to Mike Elgan, starting on Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, you'll see new, solid brand-name netbooks going for as little as $199. We're already seeing Best Buy offering the Asus Eee PC 900a for $299.
Computerworld.com was so ecstatic with the news that they compiled a wish list of what netbooks they would like for Christmas:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9: Available on Black Friday for $299. It’s expected to have 512MBs of RAM with an Ubuntu (News - Alert) 8.04 memory card in addition to 4GB SSD.
Acer Aspire One: A bit tricky, as early Black Friday ads are already out for the XP Home version that goes as low as $349 you can already get the Linpus Linux-powered Acer (News - Alert) Aspire One for just over $300. Go for the inexpensive Aspire which has an 8.9" display and keyboard to match with 512MBs of RAM and an 8GB SSD.
MSI Wind 100: A 10", 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and a 120GB hard drive, prices for this model will be around $299. The MSI (News - Alert) Wind runs a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).
In this reporters' opinion, now is a great time to buy a netbook. Just think of all the places that have free Wi-Fi, (Starbucks comes to mind) you won’t even have to pay for Internet service. Now, that’s saving some money.

Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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