Netbook Sizes = ?

Ideally, if I was going to get a netbook, I’d want one no bigger than an A4 sheet of paper, so that I could carry it around with my other stuff – (ie 210 x 297 mm (8.27 x 11.7 inches)).  However, while there seem to be a lot of netbooks smaller (10.1″ = about 168mmx268mm total size) and larger (13″+ – 15.6″ seems particularly popular for some reason)  than this, there don’t seem to be many (if any) which are roughly an A4 size.  The 10.1″ model have a good 30mm of room in the long axis.  Only one (the comparatively expensive Acer Ferrari One is a reasonable fit to A4 with dimensions of 204mm x 285mm).  There were apparently a number of 12″ models from various manufacturers which were discontinued last year.

Ideas why?

Determined by pixel dimensions?

Microsoft’s licensing restrictions?

Use of letter format in the US?

Some weird ergonomic issue?

No one thought about it?

Bad sampling on my part?


1 Response to “Netbook Sizes = ?”

  1. 1 thenakedlistener 30 July 2010 at 12:10 am

    I myself would love to have a netbook computer smaller than A4 size. Alas, I’ve reach the age when I have to use reading glasses: +2.00 dioptres in only two years! I just can’t see the screen properly even with reading glasses. So my choices now are anything with big and extra big display screens. Hope you don’t have to go my way for a long, long time yet.

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