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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:
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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By mindless1 on 5/3/2009 11:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
AOpen was one of the better quality mainboards around the turn of the century. They lost some popularity due to pedestrian features and being undercut on the low end by the likes of PCChips/ECS, and being outdone on the higher end by Abit, Asus, Gigabyte. It basically signifies two extremes, the people buying cheap and the enthusiasts willing to pay for particular things because they know more about tech.

Dell on the other hand has had solid offerings which were often containing OEM versions of Intel retail boards. Pity they, like most, used a pathetically defeatured bios but I can understand their reasons in trying to cut support costs. THeir move with rewiring a standard ATX PSU then using the same 20 pin connector was inexcusable but they were high quality PSUs, miles better than what you would've gotten for a similar price-point at a local mom-n-pop computer shop.

Whether or not what Dell and Intel did was illegal, it is what it is which still gave customers the chance to decide for themselves what to buy, the cost difference wasn't THAT much, PCs cost more a few years ago so the numerical cost difference had to be seen in the perspective of % of total cost.

I do think Dell support for laptops is better than Acer, but then again if it never breaks what do you need the support for?

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