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Acer's best-selling netbook on Amazon this week, the Aspire One, costs just $252.
Price of netbooks is advantage over tablets

While the sound of tablets' soaring popularity has been likened to a death rattle for PC devices -- particularly the netbook -- PC giant Acer has held firm in its stance that it would not phase out netbooks in favor of tablets. But with the resignation of longtime CEO Gianfranco Lanci over a difference of vision last month (the Acer board members want the company to become more like Apple), that position was cast into doubt.

But, regardless of the Taiwan-based company's new direction, Acer has again reiterated that it believes in the netbook market, Elizabeth Woyke of Forbes reports in her blog. 

"Tablets have impacted overall netbook sales, but we’re not stepping away from the [netbook] segment," Eric Ackerson, an Acer senior product marketing and brand manager, told Woyke. "We think there’s still opportunity for sales, including in the U.S."

There's one key factor that, at least for now, is keeping netbooks in the race: price. Woyke points out that nearly all tablets are in the $400+ price range. Apple's iPad, which is the de facto gold standard of tablets, can cost as much as $829 at its highest price point. Meanwhile, netbooks typically run south of $300, many in the $250 range. 

Acer also indicated that the features you can pack into a netbook almost are on par with some notebooks, and that many consumers still continue to favor a physical keyboard over a virtual touchscreen one on tablets. 

"The death of netbooks is overstated," Acer spokeswoman Lisa Emard told Woyke. "We may not see the same explosive growth [in the category] as before, but the netbook price point is still killer."



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By cknobman on 5/5/2011 11:07:03 AM , Rating: 2
My Acer netbook only cost $150 and quality on it is great.

Never had a single problem with my netbook and for the price I dont think there is a tablet deal on the planet that can come close to it.


By johnbuk on 5/5/2011 11:25:36 AM , Rating: 2
Spent $300 on my Acer netbook, but I went with a model that has a dual core processor, 11" screen, and a full version of Windows 7 instead of Windows 7 Starter.
My only complaint would be that battery life isn't that great (but I knew that from my research before I bought it). Quality of it has been excellent and I would buy another.


By cknobman on 5/5/2011 11:31:44 AM , Rating: 2
My model is a 2nd gen Atom 1.66 ghz single core 1gb ram 160gb hdd and windows xp pro.


By Mitch101 on 5/5/2011 11:29:44 AM , Rating: 1
I agree my $300.00 ACER Notebook on a Walmart special more than does the job. Some people will say the keyboard feels cheap but its never given me a problem and I rather like the bulk of the laptop for me size matters if you make it too small it wont have a usable keyboard to me.

ACER of 20 years ago I might complain about but ACER of today has been good to me.


By priusone on 5/6/2011 4:24:59 AM , Rating: 2
I keep my $150 netbook in the living room/kitchen area. The screen is small so it doesn't put out enough light to bother other people who are watch movies, and if something goes horrifically wrong in the kitchen, I'm not down $1000, only $150.


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