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Acer's sole netbook offering ships more units than ASUS' complete Eee line

Netbooks are one of the brightest points in an ailing computer industry this year, and will likely remain so moving into the coming year. There are a number of netbook makers today with most major computer manufacturers getting into the market for the low-cost computers.

DisplaySearch reports that what was shaping up as a bad Q4 for computer makers has turned up a bright spot in the netbook market. The netbook category grew by a massive 160% compared to the previous quarter. Another interesting point is that ASUS, the creator of the netbook niche in late 2007 has fell from the top spot in netbook shipments. In 2007, the market for netbooks was under a million units; by the end of 2008, the market for the segment is expected to surpass 14 million units.

John F. Jacobs, director of notebook market research for DisplaySearch said in a statement, "With the lone exception of Apple, all of the top 10 PC brands have entered the mini-note PC market, initially as a response to the competitive threat posed by ASUS, but also to satisfy demand from customers for low-priced, thin and very light (less than 3 pounds) products that provide at least a modicum of typical office software functionality and also enable greater mobility."

The top spot in netbook market share goes to Acer and its sole netbook offering the Acer Aspire One, which has shipped 2.15 million units in Q3 2008 giving Acer 38.3% of the market. Second place goes to ASUS and its full line of Eee netbooks that have shipped 1.7 million units over the quarter for 30.3% of the market.

HP's Mini 1000 netbook sits in the number three spot with 0.33 million units shipped for a mere 5.8% of the market, MSI with its popular Wind netbook sits in the fourth spot at 0.32 million units shipped and 5.7% of the market. Dell rounds out the top five with its Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12 netbooks shipping 0.16 million units and holding 2.8% of the market. The developing nation oriented OLPC notebook has shipped 0.13 million units over the quarter and holds 2.1% of the market.

The OLPC XO Notebook may be down on the list compared to other netbooks, but it sits above rival Intel Classmate notebook, which holds the 9th spot on the list with 0.06 million units shipped and 1% of the market.

DisplaySearch also announced its worldwide combined netbook and notebook market share by brand. HP holds the top spot with 19.7% of the market in Q3 2008, down from 21.3% in the same quarter of 2007. Acer holds the number two spot with 17.1% of the market. Dell grabs spot number three with 13% of the market. The biggest mover on the list is ASUS, which has more than doubled its market share since Q32007 with 8.6% of the market in Q3 2008, compared to 4.1% in the same quarter of 2007.

Fujitsu saw the most significant decline in market share year-over-year with 3.1% of the market in Q3 2008 compared to 4.7% in Q3 2007. Apple has a slight decline in share for Q3 2008 of 4.1% compared to 4.6% in the same quarter of 2007.

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Acer One Rocks!
By bldckstark on 12/9/2008 12:08:36 PM , Rating: 2
Typing this on an Acer One right now. Running XP, Office 07, Blackberry desktop manager, and Chrome. I use it to do my MBA homework. This thing rocks, and I love it. Bought it at Wal-Mart for $348.

If I was still looking I would buy the Acer One with the 6 cell battery and 160GB HDD model for $398.

A friend of mine has the Linpus version and loves it too.

RE: Acer One Rocks!
By Alexstarfire on 12/9/2008 1:22:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'm typing this on an ASUS EEE 900HA. Considering the prices I saw for other netbooks I'm quite surprised that ASUS isn't higher up. I got this one for $329.99 and it's got a 160GB HDD and a 4-cell battery. Apart from that I think they are about the same.

Actually, upon doing some research for this post I found that I paid for a 8.9" model but got a 10" model instead, lucky me.

RE: Acer One Rocks!
By MonkeyPaw on 12/9/2008 2:21:34 PM , Rating: 4
I'm typing this on an original 701 Eee from the McDonald's parking lot, connected to their Free WiFi for ATT customers. I'm running Ubuntu-eee, and it has been my first satisfying linux experience. I'm using FF3, Open Office 3, and the surprisingly good Songbird music player. There's nothing revolutionary about what I'm using, but the setup works for my on-the-go needs, and the price is just plain cheap.

If I were to buy all over again, I'd probably go with the Dell Mini 9 and its no-moving-parts design. From what I read, the Mini9 is very nicely built for the money. In the meantime, I'll probably run this Eee into the ground, and by then I hope to replace it with a netbook with something better than Intel's uber-pathetic 965 chipset. I don't need earth-shaking graphics, but a more efficient chipset would provide more battery life.

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