A netbook is a generic name that refers to an inexspensive small computer that was developed in 2007. Netbooks were in the same family as chromebooks and mobile devices. They were advertised for being low weight and inexspensive. The price was kept low by lowering the specifications of the computing abilities. Netbooks did not have an optical drive and had a small screen and keyboards. This product was popularly distributed by wireless data carriers to customers in order to try and get them to extend their contract with the carrier. By 2011, tablet computers and iPads started to gain popularity and the demand for netbooks decreased dramatically. Other companies were able to develop a small, compact computer that weighed as much as a netbook but had similar computing power to that of a desktop PC.