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.