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Acer seized second place in worldwide computer sales in 2009, thanks, in part, to strong sales of its Acer Aspire One netbook.  (Source: Techshout.com)
Taiwanese company says American vendors can't keep up with aggressive pricing

Hewlett Packard, the world's largest computer maker, and Dell, third place in world sales, are powerful players.  However, both -- especially Dell – suffered during the recession.  Meanwhile Taiwanese OEMs ASUSTek and Acer, whose sales were heavily comprised of low-priced netbooks (the Eee PC and Aspire One, respectively), posted impressive growth.

Acer founder Stan Shih, who helped grow his company into Taiwan's top computer-maker, said this differential response is merely a sign of trouble to come for American companies.

He is quoted by Taipei-based Commercial Times as saying, "The trend for low-priced computers will last for the coming years.  But US computer makers just don't know how to put such products on the market... US computer brands may disappear over the next 20 years, just like what happened to US television brands."

Acer's talk may sound like the same kind of tired corporate rhetoric that executives often spout off.  However, one must consider Acer's impressive performance -- in 2009 the company passed Dell to become the world's second largest computer maker, and according to Digitimes, it is projected to in 2011 pass HP to become the world's top computer maker.  That progress has been heavily driven by aggressively priced PCs, especially netbooks.

One odd man out is Apple, Inc.  Apple, a U.S. firm based out of Cupertino, California, traditionally prices its notebooks well above even HP or Dell, let alone the Taiwanese.  However, it continues to grow and gain marketshare, perhaps proving that Acer's prediction of the American computer maker's demise premature.



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RE: Quality vs quantity
By inighthawki on 1/19/2010 10:41:36 AM , Rating: 2
I have an acer notebook, pretty low end too, but i'm incredibly pleased with it. It has NEVER been broken, it has NEVER had a hardware problem, and I've had it for about 4 years now. Sure the hardware is becoming quite dated, and the intel graphics is a major downside for what i do, but i got it for a great price and it works. I also know other people with Acer notebooks and they are all fairly pleased. So please don't make horrible assumptions that a lower price tag immediately means it's a pile of shit.


RE: Quality vs quantity
By Taft12 on 1/19/2010 11:54:46 AM , Rating: 2
Your anecdote does not disprove those "horrible assumptions". Their reputation in the industry is well earned.


RE: Quality vs quantity
By frobizzle on 1/19/2010 11:56:06 AM , Rating: 2
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I have an acer notebook, pretty low end too, but i'm incredibly pleased with it. It has NEVER been broken, it has NEVER had a hardware problem,

It's a good thing for you that it has never had a problem as Acer's (so-called) customer service is hands-down, the WORST! They even make Dell's CS look good and that isn't easy to do.

To Acer, I say phuh que!


RE: Quality vs quantity
By jonmcc33 on 1/20/2010 9:01:56 AM , Rating: 1
I didn't say that Acer's products are a pile of shit.

I said that just because Acer sells a lot of netbooks doesn't mean that they rule in the desktop and laptop department.

Pay attention next time.


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