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Acer's Aspire One remains a netbook leader, and a strong seller worldwide. Analysts say Acer's netbook sales growth could help it eventually pass Dell for the number 1 PC retailer spot.  (Source: techshout.com)
Analysts say Acer beating Dell is possible, but not likely

The poor global economy continues to pound computer makers of all sizes. Netbooks continue to be popular, yet despite the increase sales of netbook systems most computer makers are still seeing revenues drop and having a hard time meeting analyst expectations.

InformationWeek reports that despite the poor economy and the reduction in computers being built and shipped, Acer could replace Dell as the world's number two PC maker this year. Dell only recently lost the title of number one PC seller in the world to HP.

Despite the chance Acer has of deposing Dell, Acer turned in disappointing numbers for its most recent quarter. The company lowered its 2009 projections for netbooks shipped to between 10 million to 12 million, a reduction from the previous expectation of 12 million to 15 million.

Acer profits for the quarter dropped 31% to $60 million, analysts expected Acer to report profits of $64 million. Total Acer revenue for the quarter fell 6.5% to $3.5 billion, down from $3.8 billion. Taking the number two crown form Dell could prove to be difficult. For Acer to take the second spot from Dell, Dell would have to post another consecutive loss in market share while Acer would need to gain. Dell has seen shipments fall for two quarters in a row.

Analyst Doug Bell from IDC said, "Hypothetically, if Acer grows like they say they are, then it's possible there could be a change in the No. 2 vendor." In Q1 2009 the numbers for Dell and Acer were in a bit of debate. IDC reported that Dell shipped 1.1 million more computers during the quarter than Acer shipped. However, research firm Gartner has the two computer makers in a near tie with Dell ahead of Acer by a meager 1/10 of a percentage.

Bell says with regards to Acer dethroning Dell for the second spot, "Over a million units is a lot of share to take from a stable, mature player. It is possible, but it would be very tough."


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RE: As a consumer I could care less
By jvillaro on 5/2/2009 12:18:01 AM , Rating: 3
Well actually the experience I've had with ACER is very positive. And many people I know have had their ACER laptops for a long time working around the clock with no problems. They have outlasted many HP and DELL laptops.
They sure aren't pretty to look at but they get the job done and are very long lasting.


RE: As a consumer I could care less
By GodisanAtheist on 5/2/2009 1:59:03 AM , Rating: 3
I agree completely. At some point in Acer's nebulous past it acquired this reputation for shoddiness that it repeatedly fails to attain, in my experience.

Their netbooks are fairly high quality, with a much sturdier build than some of their competitors (MSI, for example) while their full size notebooks offer a wide range of better-than-average configurations at an incredibly competitive price.

I often have a hard time recommending the $1000 dollar Fujitsu/Toshiba/HP/Dell/Whatever when a superior spec'ed Acer is sitting next to it at half the cost.


By mindless1 on 5/3/2009 11:15:48 PM , Rating: 2
I own an Acer laptop and would agree the quality is not as bad as many suggest, I'd even prefer one to an HP in the sub-$700 price range if they cost the same for same features.

On the other hand it would be a ridiculous stretch to think a $500 Acer outspecs a $1000 Fujitsu, Toshiba, HP or Dell, unless what you try to do to make a comparison is deliberately strip down the latter brands but choose their deluxe ultrathin case styles which would be apples:oranges comparison since they all offer pedestrian models as well. IOW, in a fair comparion I'd put the price difference closer to 8% and that's just pulling numbers out of air, prices on many models fluctuate depending on what discounts are available, there's always a sale somewhere on something.


RE: As a consumer I could care less
By omnicronx on 5/2/2009 3:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
Not the same for me, I've never been too fond of the Acer laptop line. I've always liked Dell laptops, (although I would never buy a Dell desktop). I've seen many people go through numerous Acer laptops , and of course most of the time they are not covered under warranty by the time they need fixing. This is where both Dell and HP trump acer any day of the week. You can't expect a laptop to last forever like a desktop, and this is why support is so important in the laptop world.


RE: As a consumer I could care less
By TMV192 on 5/2/2009 6:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
Even their desktops aren't so bad anymore, I remember there was a time when Dell wouldn't ship a single nongaming pc with a graphics port, and upgrades were a nightmare, especially with a barely suffienct propriety PSU, nowadays their the studio desktops a pretty respectable and well priced. Bottom line is, Dell is shifting away from low cost crap and they are not moving as many computers because of uneducated consumers but I can bet the customers they get now are on average happier than the ones 3 or 4 years ago


By mindless1 on 5/3/2009 11:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
Dell used to use better PSU than they do now. For example they had PC Power & Cooling 250W models that could actually sustain that all day every day for a decade, unlike someone else's 350W.

What people keep forgetting is the primary reason to buy an OEM box is that you get it configured like you intend it to be for it's lifetime. They have qualified, competent engineers that spec out what wattage PSU a system needs and don't have to play games with PSU manufacturers overrating their products because the PSU manufacturer doesn't dare slit their own wrists by falsifying or using peak ratings, losing guaranteed high volume sales to a major OEM.

Dell is still selling highest volume of their lower-end models, as are most OEMs so I'm not sure where you got the idea that their inherant quality had changed. It was better than average (among all PCs, I am not comparing to only other largest OEMs) in the past and still is... kinda why they became a major OEM and still hold that distinction.

Why Dell are not moving as many is they jumped on the netbook market late, didn't offer as many promos in recent quarters as they had in the past while HP still did, and as for Acer they are relatively stronger globally while Dell relies more on domestic sales fueling their product lines.


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