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Netbooks growing twice as fast as notebooks

updated 02:10 pm EDT, Mon August 31, 2009

Netbooks 2X Notebooks

Sales of netbooks are growing twice as quickly as full-sized notebooks, DisplaySearch found today. The small portables grew about 40 percent between the winter and spring this year to account for 38 million PCs, or almost twice as quickly as the already hot 22 percent growth of regular notebooks. Much of the growth comes from Asia, mainland China and Latin America, where the lower prices mean netbooks are often first-time PCs or the least costly option.

The growth is such that netbooks now have over a fifth of the entire portable PC business at 22.2 percent. Such figures might get larger if North American cellular carriers focus more on subsidizing netbooks tied to 3G service, a factor that has been key in Europe as its carriers now sometimes give away netbooks for free with service.

Extra growth would put additional pressure on companies like Apple, which have downplayed netbooks as being too slow and cheaply made.

However, concern exists that the category may be hurt through its own expansion. As netbooks get larger screen sizes, particularly with 11.6-inch models, the cost is more and more likely to overlap with much faster, larger-screened notebooks. Microsoft may also undo the category by its insistence on charging more for Windows 7 on netbooks than it does for XP, either raising the actual system prices or forcing PC makers to absorb some of the cost themselves.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

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    They keep talking about

    how netbooks are supposedly hurting Apple. It's not hurting Apple nearly as much as it's hurting the rest of the PC vendors and Microsoft. Apple is selling iPhones in quantity to more than make up for low-price computer sales. The regular PC vendors probably can't even move any of their higher priced computers in the U.S. I can understand that China, India and Latin American countries are selling netbooks, but America and Europe computer users should be buying better (more expensive) computers than netbooks.

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