backtop


Print 24 comment(s) - last by KoolAidMan1.. on May 6 at 6:11 AM


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."



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: He does have a point
By The Raven on 5/5/2011 11:22:51 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
With Windows 8 being able to run on ARM, I see a looot of potential for Asus transformer style netbook/tablets coming up.

Though I agree with your other pro-netbook arguments, this actually sounds like an argument for tablets. But you bring up a good point regarding the OS of a typical tablet: it is not a "real" OS (meaning somehow limited by OS choice of Android/iOS).

So to address this comment:
quote:
There's one key factor that, at least for now, is keeping netbooks in the race: price.

More reason I see:
1) More OS choices
2) Swappable batteries
3) Better speakers lol
4) Built in case and stand
5) Keyboard/tactile buttons
6) Ports ports ports

Of course I am not down on tablets as I see a usefulness but they are not for me and many other people so I don't see them going anywhere soon. But over time many of these differences will dissappear as technology advances where tablets are able to handle such things as swappable bateries, etc. and the interfaces of the "real" OSs are tuned to run on them all. Also as the definition of netbook and tablet are blurred (e.g. said Transformer or Lenovo's S10-3t type models). Then someone will call them Nettabs or Tabbooks and people will decry nettops and tablets alike and announce the fall of both.


"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki