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?
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)!
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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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.
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.
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.