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The market for netbooks is expected to hit 139 million by 2013

The netbook category is the hottest computer category posting the largest growth numbers in all of the market. Many consumers are choosing netbooks because they offer a low price entry into computing. Some are buying netbooks not for the price, but for the portability that the machines offer.

ABI Research announced today that it expects 35 million netbooks to ship in 2009. According to the research firm, social and technological factors have worked together to create a sort of perfect storm for the netbook market in the next few years.

Forecasts by the research firm predict that by 2013 139 million netbooks will be shipping. ABI's Kevin Burden said in a statement, "PDA’s began our reliance on instant accessible data while traveling. When PDA functionality converged with cellular voice, smartphones became the new darling of mobile professional technology that many expected to evolve into the hub for all data and communication needs for travelling professionals. Today, with a better understanding for what a smartphone is, is not, and may never be, along with a reality check on the usefulness of UMPCs, the market remains open for new device types."

Burden points out that low-cost and power miserly x86 and ARM CPUs has been the key to the netbook revolution. These processors allow users to get very close to their normal desktop or notebook computer experience in a much smaller package that offers longer battery life in most instances.

Burden continued saying, "In recent years, the industry still expected the smartphones to be more than they turned out to be, and most recently, MIDs were thought to be the next big mobile devices segment, but an unclear usage model continues to confuse the market. So today, netbooks’ time has come, and ABI research expects them to enjoy very strong market growth."

However, some analysts predict that increasing sales of netbooks is a bad thing for the CPU market. As the majority of sales begins to center on low-cost, and low profit netbook CPUs sales of more profitable CPUs may drop.

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By g35fan on 1/26/2009 4:48:13 PM , Rating: 2
I was considering purchasing a Dell mini 9 for $180 after that 20% coupon was just posted up.

I used one at a BestBuy and couldn't stand it. I don't have fat fingers and it was just akward on that keyboard and the screen is so tiny. With limited HD space, slow processors and no CD drive...I just couldn't justify it when it's only gonna be a toy.

It's the latest fad though so I'm sure you Mac type people will run with it and eat it up.

RE: yaya
By omnicronx on 1/26/2009 5:10:59 PM , Rating: 5
With limited HD space, slow processors and no CD drive...I just couldn't justify it when it's only gonna be a toy.
Its not called a Netbook because you can catch fish and other small animals with it..

RE: yaya
By Pirks on 1/26/2009 5:26:27 PM , Rating: 2

RE: yaya
By mindless1 on 1/27/2009 1:20:43 AM , Rating: 3
Nor is it very useful on the 'net with it's tiny screen and low resolution.

There are two primary reasons for their popularity. Low price and the human fascination with shrinking things until they're less usable as a result.

RE: yaya
By masher2 on 1/27/2009 2:01:23 AM , Rating: 2
At one time, I did a surprising amount of work on a PC with 320x200 resolution. Compared to that, 1024x600 is gargantuan.

I think the people buying Netbooks know their own needs better than you do. They're not all simply mesmerized by the amazing shrinking PC.

RE: yaya
By mindless1 on 1/27/2009 10:41:06 PM , Rating: 3
and that time was command line, yes? Let's not needlessly confuse reality here, we both know the modern world uses a (windows or 'nix) GUI, and that people are relatively stupid, buying something because it is small when they aren't especially lacking in space or muscle power to lug an extra pound around.

If they want small and the sacrifices that come along with that, so be it, but yes they are mesmerized by a shrunk PC beyond sanity and can't be nearly as productive with the shrunken screen and keyboard.

Hint - that's why normally these things are so small when portability isn't a factor. I'll give people some credit for recognizing when portability is important, but then they go and lug plenty of other things they don't need which blows their whole argument.

RE: yaya
By Suntan on 1/27/2009 10:06:00 AM , Rating: 2
I know it is a concept that is hard to grasp, but try and wrap your head around the fact that people do go on and do things other than *just* surf the internet.


RE: yaya
By mindless1 on 1/29/2009 11:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
How utterly backwards (and the whole world proves it).

You'd argue for high performance CPUs when most people's CPU sits mostly idle, and then argue for lower resolution than we've seen in several years when people are buying higher and higher resolution monitors.

If you can't see this market choice besides the factors I mentioned like price, do tell us what tasks you feel aren't significantly improved upon by going with a higher resolution than the average netbook.

Please list them all, we're all dying to see this list. You can't even read a lot of HTML emails these days with a 1024x600 screen without constant scrolling around to see everything. How many times do you have to scroll just to read a whole section of a modern webpage?

Remember I never claimed it made anything impossible, just ridiculous when a slightly larger form-factor falls in line with how apps and websites were designed to display in recent years.

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