The low end laptop is dead just because it was fitted with low margin high volume parts. There was almost no point in making them because they were anemically slow and X86 at the time didn't have low power chipsets yet. Fast forward to now after Intel has basically become the king of node shrinking and we have x86 chips that give ARM chips a run for their money in terms of performance and power consumption. Honestly consumers never really wanted the netbook. It did it's job but it was anemically built and was not worth continuing. But now with battery life on the rise x86 tablets can pull their own weight. In fairness, it isn't quality, but packaging and accessibility. It's what made apple apple, their idiotproof nature.