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Netbooks Are 20 Percent of Laptop Market

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Did you contribute to the rise of netbooks? So did a bunch of other people.

According to early data from DisplaySearch, netbooks accounted for nearly 20 percent of all worldwide laptop sales with 6 million units in the first quarter 2009.

Acer with its Aspire One line is the top selling brand with a market share of 30.5 percent, doubling the shipping numbers of Asus’ Eee PCs.

45 percent of netbook shipments went to Europe, Middle-East and Africa, while the North America only swallowed up 26 percent.

A year ago, netbooks were less than 3 percent of the laptop market. The rapid growth could be attributed to greater selection and availability along with consumers being more cost conscious. DisplaySearch also believes that telecom company subsidies for signing mobile broadband contracts have a part to play as well.

“It is clear at the moment that mini-notes play a vital role in the total PC market. Without the additional volume provided by these products, shipment volumes for the notebook PC market would have been down 19% Y/Y, instead of only falling 3%. While there is no doubt that many buyers of mini-notes would have chosen larger notebook PCs if mini-notes were not available, it is also certain that many buyers might have chosen not to purchase a notebook PC at all,” said John F. Jacobs, Director of Notebook Market Research and author of the report.

Did you buy a netbook within the last six months? If not, do you have any plans to?

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    deltatux , May 15, 2009 5:27 PM
    Netbooks are useless for the enthusiast and some laptop users because they are either too small or the power of the processor is insufficient. I can't do programming with a tiny screen. My 13" Macbook is just about right for programming as it is.
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    war2k9 , May 15, 2009 5:32 PM
    Netbook is great for passing time in coffee shop. It is cheap and does more than most smart phone.
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    IzzyCraft , May 15, 2009 5:46 PM
    Cheap, light, portable. As long as i don't plan on doing more then surfing the web, im chatting, and writing a word doc or two i have no issue with it, i find them great as a school laptop i don't need them to play movies i have my desktop for that but i think some can do that just fine with an dvd drive attachment when needed :) 
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    war2k9 , May 15, 2009 5:47 PM
    Yes I do own one
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    hallic7 , May 15, 2009 5:47 PM
    “It is clear at the moment that mini-notes play a vital role in the total PC market"

    Haha I remember some news where mac said that they will never build netbooks because it was not worth it. Another stupid argument from mac demonstrated here!

    It's obvious that a netbook is for basic needs... It would be silly to blame my phone (which I bough to make calls) because it does not has the power to do programming LOL.

    You should get what you need, if you buy something with this out of mind, don't blame the device when it does not fits your necessity (after all is your fault for not checking out)!
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    AdamB5000 , May 15, 2009 6:10 PM
    I guess I don't have one because I don't see the need for one. I assumed they sold well because of cost.

    I got a good look at one in Best Buy and I couldn't believe how small the screen and keyboard were. I couldn't imaging doing any type of work on it. I guess it's exactly what it's called - a netbook, or a notebook made solely for browsing the 'net. Doing any sort of productive work on a screen that small seems like it'd be extremely difficult.

    I have a 15" notebook and I couldn't imaging going any smaller.
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    AdamB5000 , May 15, 2009 6:11 PM
    *imagine - not imaging.

    Is there an edit feature here?
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    dainsane1 , May 15, 2009 6:12 PM
    bought the asus 701 over a year ago.
    thing is great. just what i need.

    it is used mostly for work. am nomadic tech support. i don't need alot of power just something more versatile then my axim. primary uses are remote desktop, e-mail and web.

    the little 2 pounder (celeron 8G SSD) replaced a 10 pound p2 with a 6Gig drive. it's not a primary system and never was meant to be one. before this i was eyeing up some ultra portable that was going to cost 1k for a used one. Cheap, light, small; Sold.
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    ahmshaegar , May 15, 2009 6:32 PM
    @hallic: No, Apple understands what they want to do very well. Making a netbook would be stupid for Apple. Once you make a cheap product, it's very hard to (over)charge or raise your prices again.

    Remember, a lot of other computer makers sell computers with razor thin profit margins. Apple doesn't sell any product with razor thin profit margins. The netbook, by definition, is a product with almost no profit margins.
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    Anonymous , May 15, 2009 6:34 PM
    I love netbooks simply because of their size and what they can do given their size. Problem is that I already have a 15.6" HP and a 14" and a 17" Dell, somewhere among all those different sizes I have every possible portable need covered. I'm not totally crazy I bought the HP when the 17" Dell video card went bad because the it only cost 100 bucks more for the whole machine and I needed something more portable. Then the 14" Dell was given to me and was only lacking a power brick and memory.

    So what all that rambling comes down is I want to buy one cus they are neat little toys but without a really good use for one I will get shot if I buy another cool toy.
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    Shnur , May 15, 2009 6:41 PM
    I did contribute, bought two!
    When the Acer Aspire One failed me, I went and bought an Asus EEE with a 10.1 inch screen, now I'm working on the EEE and the Aspire One is sitting in the corner and being messed around Windows 7.
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    starryman , May 15, 2009 7:11 PM
    I have a triple screen desktop and a 17" Toshiba duocore2 laptop. Both computers are essential and too expensive to be destroyed or stolen. My Palm Treo 755 is my mini computer at this point but it's "too" mini. My laptop is only for business trips or presentations... something I don't want to go to the beach, vacation, or coffee shop with. A netbook is perfect for surfing, emailing, some music, video for the kids, and non-important stuff which is perfect for the beach, vacation and the coffee shop. Considering the price vs. a 80GB iPod... I'll have much more fun with the Netbook. I personally prefer the 7-8" screens... don't know how to call a 10"+ screen a netbook... that's a laptop form factor to me.
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    ak47lt , May 15, 2009 7:20 PM
    I bought 10 inch MSI Wind 5 months ago for the trip to Mexico. It is light (very good with all those recent weight restrictions) and has 120GB for photos (very handy as my wife took about 6000 pictures :)  ). Now I take it to all my trips.
    Also I use it once a week when I need to go to a remote office where I have no dedicated PC to work on (software development). I connect 20 inch ext monitor, ext keyboard, ext mouse, internet cable and use Windows Terminal Server to connect to my work PC while mp3 is playing on Wind all day. CPU is not taxed too much this way and I do not feel any lag. While traveling home by train it keeps me entertained and I have no problems using it in small, cramped train seats :) 

    This setup works great for me!
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    Shadow703793 , May 15, 2009 8:39 PM
    I refuse to buy a Netbook/Nettop as I believe it is over priced for the performance delivered. I'm a performance addict lol, go figure. :D 
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    hellwig , May 15, 2009 9:23 PM
    Before I bought my netbook in 2008, I was using an 8-year-old Compaq Presario 1200T with a speedy 600MHz Celeron, 6GB hdd, and on-board Trident Cyberblade graphics (and two USB 1.1 ports). I had just upgraded its memory from 32MB to 160MB to support power-hungry apps like internet explorer and yahoo messenger. Now I'm running an awesome CoudBook with 1.2GHz Via C7, 512mb mem, and 30GB hdd.

    I replaced by fiancee's 5-year old Toshiba Laptop with a Acer Aspire One last Christmas. Her main complaint was her Toshiba was too heavy to carry around. She had a desktop for her heavy work, and just wanted something smaller she could actually take with her to play flash games or browse the web on.

    I think the trend toward netbooks shows a change in what people need to do on the go. Having a laptop that can rip DVDs or play Crysis might be nice, but only a very small amount of people need or even want to do that on the go. Most people are fine with netbooks as long as they can still surf, type up documents, and chat over IM, especially if they still have a desktop at home or work that can handle the bigger tasks where and when they are needed.
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    Anonymous , May 15, 2009 9:53 PM
    So basically Intel shredded their own profit margins, and set the laptop performance back about 10 years. Well done.
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    vladtepes , May 15, 2009 11:53 PM
    Whatever. I have 2 desktops, an Asus Notebook and I really want a netbook (from Asus of course)
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    anamaniac , May 16, 2009 4:28 AM
    Personally I would rather a notebook with 3+ gigs of RAM, 500 gig HDD, and 2GHz+ dual core.
    Hell, a solo core will work for me if it's decent enough.

    However, discreet graphics is a MUST!
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2009 6:40 AM
    I'm really tired of all the people that think that a
    netbook can only be used to surf the web, that is so
    stupid, i know that a netbook is not a super computer
    but within their limits they are pretty good, and like
    Hellwig says most of the people doesn't really need
    a really powerful computer, most people only use their
    pc's or laptops only for surfing the web, writing documents,
    IM, so what's the problem
    I have a acer aspire one with a 120gb and 1 gb of ram, and
    in this tiny little netbook i can surf the web, watch dvds(i
    ripped them on my other pc and then copy the dvd isos to the netbook)
    watch matroska high definition videos using core avc
    video codec, also i can do a little edit images (i installed
    photoshop cs2 and runs fine), also i installed an older version
    of autocad 2002 and also runs fine(i even think that a newer version
    is capable of running without problems).

    So maybe the netbooks aren't the most powerfull computers out there
    but they can be useful and are not very expensive and being honest
    most of he people don't use all the new features of new software
    releases, so you can still install some older versions of the
    software you need or want to use and you can take it on your travels
    without worrying to much if this computer breaks or is stolen like
    you would be with a "a notebook with 3+ gigs of RAM, 500 gig HDD, and 2GHz+ dual core and discreet graphics".
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    cyberkuberiah , May 16, 2009 9:42 AM
    yes .i will replace my v6500 compaq presario which overheats on my lap a lot with something to just do documents and internet , for which netbooks will be fine enough with greater battery .for heavy tasks like gaming i will build a desktop early next year , when ddr3 will be cheap here in india .

    in retrospect , i bought this laptop because it had nvidia integrated graphics (geforce 7150) , which i did not know earlier , suck . amd turion 64x2 is a battery sucker as well . and more powerful notebooks are costly , and wont be good price/performance for the latest games anyway , with upgradability as a big feature on desktops .

    something thin and light would be perfect for watching youtube and visiting tom's after dinner in my bed . plus they arent heavy on the wallet .

    when i do buy one, i will of course evaluate various netbooks and platforms like ion here on tom's .
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