For those who are unaware of its existence, here is an excellent explanation from Whatis.com.
The Net PC (also referred to as the Network PC) is an industry specification for a low-cost personal computer designed for businesses and their network applications. A Net PC, which is a design for what is also sometimes known as a thin client, is intended to be centrally managed and to lack a diskette drive, CD-ROM drive, or hardware expansion slots. It is designed to support specific business tasks and applications. Typical uses for Net PCs would be online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, retail point-of-sale, and banking services.
However, in India a Net PC is more often than not targeted at home users or single users. As a PC costs at least 5 times more the NetPC’s low entry cost entices home users.
I for one will never go in for a NetPC as one is at the mercy of the service providers for all our computing needs. The very thought of storing personal information at a remote location however secure, gives me the jitters.
Another obstacle as far as I am concerned is these NetPC’s come in a bundled offer. This limits the user to only one broadband provider. As these providers have only limited coverage, it means that one has to take a new one every time one moves.
To me a NetPC is a big no no, how about you?
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