Small Laptops for Word Processing only?
by wordtop - 8/3/06 11:36 PM
I wonder if any company has ever thought of developing small notebooks which are very cheap, to cater for a specific group of computer users - those who use laptops mostly for WORD PROCESSING ONLY.
I know there are small notebooks around, such as Fijitsu's P series, which have screens of roughly 8-10 inches wide. But they are too expensive. They come with all sorts of functionality - DVD drive, sophisticated sound and video display etc.
For many computer users, these features are seldom used, and therefore unnecessary, honestly. People like college students, journalists, lawyers, and those who primarily use their laptops for word processing only would seldom use their laptops for viewing DVD (they can do it on their desktops) or listening to music (they have MP3 for that). But these functionalities add to the costs of the laptops (especially if small laptops) tremendously, making it very expensive to have small size notebooks.
For this group of users, it is too expensive for them to buy a tiny notebook, not least because they dont need most of the expensive features. So, it's simply not worth it to buy an expensive small laptop for word processing alone. (In fact, if you ask me, it's not just about small laptops - ALL laptops are a waste of money for this group of users.)
So, why not develop a kind of tiny notebook just/primarily for word processing (or MS Office + Internet) functionalities only, which will be much cheaper than conventional notebooks but a bit more expensive than pocket PC, and is half the size of a A4 size paper (when folded; full A4 size when unfolded) which would be very convenient and relevant to this group of users?