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Report: Asus Contemplating Toshiba Acquisition

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Asus has big plans for the next couple of years. The company recently announced ambitions make it to number three notebook vendor by 2011 and, if a recent reports are to be believed, the company is considering using acquisitions to get there.

An article today on Digitimes cites Chinese-language paper, the Commercial Times, as saying Asustek is contemplating using acquisitions to help reach its 2011 goal. The Commercial Times report claims that Toshiba's notebook division is one of the companies Asus is considering as a take-over target.

Citing Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, CT says Asus has contacted Toshiba, but according to Shih results are not yet finalized.

Do you think an Asus-owned Toshiba is on the cards? Let us know in the comments below!

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    False_Dmitry_II , November 16, 2009 5:10 PM
    Seeing as how major of a motherboard company they are, I'm sure they could pull it off. All new 'Toshiba' notebooks would then have ASUS mobos if they didnt already.
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    False_Dmitry_II , November 16, 2009 5:10 PM
    Seeing as how major of a motherboard company they are, I'm sure they could pull it off. All new 'Toshiba' notebooks would then have ASUS mobos if they didnt already.
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    lemonade4 , November 16, 2009 5:17 PM
    HP - Compaq
    Acer - eMachines - Gateway
    Asus - Toshiba
    MSI
    Samsung
    LG
    Dell
    Lenovo
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    sunflier , November 16, 2009 5:17 PM
    Quote:
    Citing Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, CT says Asus has contacted Toshiba, but according to Shih results are not yet finalized.


    Whew, good thing there were no typo-s this time.
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    wildwell , November 16, 2009 5:35 PM
    Pretty soon every Windows laptop will be either Asus or Acer!
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    tester24 , November 16, 2009 6:02 PM
    In other news today, ASUS stocks went down and Toshiba stocks went up.
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    JohnnyLucky , November 16, 2009 6:11 PM
    Hmmm....I just read a newspaper report indicating Toshiba was using acquisitions. I wonder what's up?
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    Miharu , November 16, 2009 8:03 PM
    ASUS... sometimes "great" hardwares and sometime piece of c***.

    I remember fews parts of hardware I buy from Asus... and I was so desappointed.

    1.AGP Asus ATI 9800 XT. The card just freeze after 1-2 days up. I paid 40$ for return the card to Asus. Few weeks after they return me the card, "We don't find the problem.". Actually, they just connect the card and see something on the screen... NEXT... :( 

    2.P5E motherboard (FBS 1333), 2 year after I buy a new CPU Intel E8400 (FBS 1333). The CPU is written in the support list in Asus website so he'll work!. Fact: The Cpu doesn't works on the mb :)  Thank Asus.

    3.My bro buy a PCI-E Geforce N6600. I never see a more crappy graphic card... The card doesn't support lastest Geforce drivers. For support Direct X 3D, he need the original drivers from Windows XP disk else the card just freeze in 3D.

    Toshiba is great hardware but you really paid a high price...
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    bedford10 , November 16, 2009 8:30 PM
    @Miharu
    I disregarded everything you said because your grammar is terrible and a mindfuc* to read.
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    Upendra09 , November 16, 2009 9:11 PM
    ^+1 since he said FBS instead of FSB
    u really know what your talking about don't ya

    If Asus took over Toshiba we would lose a very reliable brand but get an even better brand of laptops, However, we would also get premium charges
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    jerreece , November 16, 2009 10:19 PM
    My first thought based on the title of this article alone, "Bull crap. Toshiba is bigger than Asus."

    Didn't think Asus would simply try to buy a portion of Toshiba. The title was a bit misleading. Either way though, Toshiba and Asus are both incredible brands. I'd buy just about any product from either of them if it was a hardware/tech item.
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    Shadow703793 , November 16, 2009 10:22 PM
    Miharu2.P5E motherboard (FBS 1333), 2 year after I buy a new CPU Intel E8400 (FBS 1333). The CPU is written in the support list in Asus website so he'll work!. Fact: The Cpu doesn't works on the mb Thank Asus.

    3.My bro buy a PCI-E Geforce N6600. I never see a more crappy graphic card... The card doesn't support lastest Geforce drivers. For support Direct X 3D, he need the original drivers from Windows XP disk else the card just freeze in 3D.Toshiba is great hardware but you really paid a high price...


    1. Did you update the F@##ing BIOS for the motherboard before you put the new CPU in.

    2. WTF does a nVidia card have anything to do with ASUS? nVidia made the GPU not ASUS.

    3. ASUS was ranked #1 in Computer Reliability Report. See: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/asus_ranks_highest_computer_reliability_report

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    Anyways, I'm all for more laptops with ASUS quality. Now only if Gigabyte bought off....never mind.
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    MrJbot , November 16, 2009 10:24 PM
    I think a having Toshiba and ASUS pool combine power and sales would lead to some very powerful laptops, and on the flip side some good entree level systems in the $400 to $500 range. It would be sad to lose the competition in the market but i think we would see more good than bad.
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    jn77 , November 16, 2009 11:17 PM
    I did not realize ASUS was big enough to take on Toshiba, unless Toshiba has been shrinking in size...
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    krispy104 , November 16, 2009 11:53 PM
    I have never been a fan of Toshiba, everyone of them I have had has been a piece. If Asus does acquire them it would probly be a good thing.
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    jeraldjunkmail , November 16, 2009 11:54 PM
    Toshiba fails to impress me consistently, while Asus leaves me wowed. I am typing this on an Asus laptop. Much better/nicer than the Toshiba's I've owned. Hopefully this will not dilute the quality that Asus provides. I hope it doesn't happen...
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    beckstrom12 , November 17, 2009 12:24 AM
    Upendra09^+1 since he said FBS instead of FSBu really know what your talking about don't yaIf Asus took over Toshiba we would lose a very reliable brand but get an even better brand of laptops, However, we would also get premium charges


    I don't think that this is true. I work at Best Buy and Toshiba and Asus are very similarly priced. This news makes me laug because those two brands have always been my favorite.
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    joshthor , November 17, 2009 12:29 AM
    cool for me. i am a vendor for toshiba at my local air force base so i would love to start selling asus too, which i actually like.
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2009 1:30 AM
    So far, toshiba never dissapoints. but asus on the otherhand, is nowhere near the quality and reputation of toshiba's products. let's hope this acquisition makes asus better, and not make toshiba worse. seriously i hope that.
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    wira020 , November 17, 2009 1:54 AM
    Well, Toshiba is huge.. i mean like real huge... i had to read the article a second time to make sure... thankfully, u mentioned only the laptop division... which is far more believable... but then, i'm sure the technologies in toshiba's laptop came from a different source in toshiba's huge company... like their TV/monitor business and etc... i wonder if it will be profitable for Asus at all...

    Btw, Asus is a nice brand.. their laptop and toshiba's are priced at almost the same level... to be honest, i dont really like toshiba's laptop.. most of em are ugly and big... if this go through, it will be interesting... but the downside is, 1 less competition in the market...
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