As far as I was aware netbooks are purposely gimped by industry and their development is to all intense and purposes made to be incremental by slights unless other circumstances warrant allowance for deployment of hardware scheduled for release further down the line to be brought along a little earlier. Even the most talked up innovations and slights of progression in mobile computing technology for the netbook market are announced a good year in advance so by the time it does finally get released to the consuming market its usually right on schedule whilst the perception that its been around for ages overrides the reality of the steady and staggered release onto the consuming market. There's only so much innovation Asus are allowed to do (or rather release) in the netbook segment as their hands are tied by politics and what Intel dictate. Even Nvidia's ion chipset has had a fully working example in one of HP's Netbooks (custom fitted) for over a year and a half now and we all know how good that is. Do you not think a company like Asus could quite easily deploy such a chipset in their machines if they wanted to if there we're not any restriction on what they were allowed to do in the market?


Other then that there's little else you can do but try to bring down the cost for consumers whilst trying to deliver a product they want to use within the product scope and maintaining a good standard of quality. Evidently a lot of people don't need Netbooks. (that was sarcasm by the way). It wasn't until the concept of the netbook was brought to market at an affordable price could people really begin to benefit from owning a netbook(small laptop/notebook). How beneficial they actually are is an entirely different debate. But bringing cheaper and better machines to market whilst having their hands tied in relation to what they're actually allowed to innovate on in the netbook segment and scope? What more could you do?


It's not like Asus are charging a netbook premium for their exclusive Seashell designed notebooks either.