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Acer: We'll Overtake HP in Laptops By End of Year

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Acer chairman JT Wang is extremely confident when it comes to his company's laptop department. So confident, in fact, that he expects to overtake HP by the end of the year.

"We have responded faster than our competitors to the demand in the market," the Wall Street Journal cites Wang as saying. "We are one of a very few that is able to respond to the market when demand stabilized in the latter part of the second quarter because we were prepared."

The WSJ report quotes Acer boss JT Wang as saying that, despite negative impact from the economic woes in Europe and wage increases in China, he expects the company to surpass HP to become the number one laptop vendor before the year is out.

JT Wang made his prediction to shareholders following news that in the first quarter of this year, Acer sold 9.49 million laptops worldwide, just a little more than the 9.47 million units sold by HP. Wang went on to say demand would ramp up in September, for the back-to-school season, and then again when the holidays hit.

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    tayb , June 22, 2010 1:20 AM
    I laugh at the notion that HP has anything to do with quality. Their laptops are crap.
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    amk09 , June 22, 2010 1:22 AM
    Tayb speaks the truth.

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    polly the parrot , June 22, 2010 1:24 AM
    amk09Tayb speaks the truth.


    I second that notion.
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    chickenhoagie , June 22, 2010 1:14 AM
    I'm sorry to say, but acer does not make quality laptops. they're about staying cheap and *plastic-like*. Thus, selling laptops for Acer is much easier to accomplish, as most consumers don't even know what quality means, only price.
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    tayb , June 22, 2010 1:20 AM
    I laugh at the notion that HP has anything to do with quality. Their laptops are crap.
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    amk09 , June 22, 2010 1:22 AM
    Tayb speaks the truth.

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    polly the parrot , June 22, 2010 1:24 AM
    amk09Tayb speaks the truth.


    I second that notion.
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    ubernoobie , June 22, 2010 1:35 AM
    Good luck LOL
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    thesupermedium , June 22, 2010 1:35 AM
    I've been around HP's customer service a few times, and I'm at least happy to hear someone speaking clear english. However, the product "quality" is relatively similar.

    However, a friend of mine was completely rejected for a replacement hard drive a month after getting his Acer laptop. Funny how the poster behind the CEO says "we hear you"
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    shovenose , June 22, 2010 1:36 AM
    polly the parrotI second that notion.

    me too!
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    lauxenburg , June 22, 2010 1:41 AM
    chickenhoagiehp is more about quality with its laptops than acer is. I'm sorry to say, but acer does not make quality laptops. they're about staying cheap and *plastic-like*. Thus, selling laptops for Acer is much easier to accomplish, as most consumers don't even know what quality means, only price. HP's $1,000 laptops will always be better than what acer sells


    Agreed. I had one die on me in 4 months. I thought I would give them another try. Died in 14 months. Ridiculous. Now I have an Acer, and happy. =)
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    lauxenburg , June 22, 2010 1:43 AM
    taybI laugh at the notion that HP has anything to do with quality. Their laptops are crap.


    I mean to quote this comment. Not the above one.

    Agreed. I had one die on me in 4 months. I thought I would give them another try. Died in 14 months. Ridiculous. Now I have an Acer, and happy. =)
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2010 1:43 AM
    Just buy a Dell then, best thing you can get for the money now.
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    FrozenGpu , June 22, 2010 1:54 AM
    chickenhoagiehp is more about quality with its laptops than acer is. I'm sorry to say, but acer does not make quality laptops. they're about staying cheap and *plastic-like*. Thus, selling laptops for Acer is much easier to accomplish, as most consumers don't even know what quality means, only price. HP's $1,000 laptops will always be better than what acer sells


    Why should you have to spend $1000 to get a quality laptop? Are you saying less than $1000, hp laptops are worse or the same as Acer's? Hoenstly Hp and Acer are far to similar to say HP is better even by a small margin.
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    Azriel4444 , June 22, 2010 1:55 AM
    Why do they not do custom laptops like everyone else does? Acer? DO YOU REALLY HEAR ME?
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    drwho1 , June 22, 2010 1:58 AM
    not a fan boy, this is my very first notebook and is an ACER, I bought based on features, performance, tons of reviews and price range.

    I think this is what any educated customer would do (a carefull research) before buying a new notebook (or pretty much anything else.)

    with this said... after removing the all bloatware (which I was aware of) I'm very happy with my purchase.

    note: for about 20 years I have always built my own PC's but given that this is my first
    Notebook I wasn't confident on building my first one.
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    snotling , June 22, 2010 2:00 AM
    Acer: We'll Overtake HP in Laptops By End of Year

    Me: yeas, and you'll beat them in the number of defects too!

    Not an HP fan but Acer has a really bad track record for reliability
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    cjl , June 22, 2010 2:14 AM
    quintopJust buy a Dell then, best thing you can get for the money now.


    Heck no. Get a Lenovo Thinkpad. They are about the best thing on the market right now in quality.
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    razercultmember1 , June 22, 2010 2:15 AM
    I'll take IBM over anything. :) 
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    intelliclint , June 22, 2010 2:16 AM
    When you comapair consumer HP and Acer laptops there realy isn't much of a difference. Complaining about how you had a hard drive or gpu that failed from one company to another doesn't say much when neither HP nor Acer made hardly any of the components in either. You do have to keep in mind that HP makes really 2 classes of laptops, consumer and business. I have always perfered the business class which have less extras but have better quality feel to them.
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    walt526 , June 22, 2010 2:17 AM
    Do those laptop sales figures include netbooks or just actual (real) laptops?

    Acer has always been pretty crappy. HP and Dell used to make quality products, but nowadays they're not much better. The best made PC laptops right now are ASUS, IMHO. They're not always the cheapest, but they're well-built and fairly priced. And they stand behind their products with a standard two year warranty (if purchased through the right distribution channel, like Xoticpc.com rather than a place like Best Buy).
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2010 2:48 AM
    It's quite possible that the HPs, Dells, and Acers roll off the same assembly lines of the same factory.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compal_Electronics
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    bebangs , June 22, 2010 3:24 AM
    ditto at whatever Tayb said. ^_^
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