Twice as Many Netbooks Are On The Way

Think that netbooks are popular now? Research firm DisplaySearch projects that netbook shipments will double this year.

2008 saw 16.4 million netbooks shipped worldwide, and that number is expected to balloon to 32.7 million in 2009.

Shipments of regular notebooks, however, are expected stay flat from 2008 to 2009. DisplaySearch says that the growth in netbook popularity is just one reason for the halted demand. Other reasons include the economic downturn and enterprise customers who aren't buying notebooks due to Windows Vista being preloaded on new machines.

The research firm does think that the launch of Windows 7, coupled with some economic optimism, could make the notebook segment bounce back.

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  • alvine
    i love my aspire one netbook with win7 on it. netbooks are great on the go i use my desktop for gaming but other than that i cant stop using my netbook (: they are great
  • jarnail24
    They're just to underpowered. Give me a netbook with that new culv processor and integrated graphics other than intel for under $600 I'll buy one today.
  • Kill@dor
    Its only obvious because the smaller they are, the easier to handle/manage. They save a lot more power than the larger notebooks... I still prefer the notebooks by far because i can customize one a lot better than a smaller netbook. Everything that shrinks this day and age isn't always better in my opinion.