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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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Lets be really honest...
By TimberJon on 5/5/2011 1:38:43 PM , Rating: 2
The natural progression of all this internet & entertainment access will be pulling up data behind the privacy of our eyes, in our heads or in a hud-like view only we can see. We will all get wired with implants when they are available that provide computing power, storage and some kind of connection to the net. Call it BioFi or whatever you want. We will get connected, its our digital fate. As all new and NEEDED things are, it will be prohibitively expensive but a novelty in the beginning. Then megacorps will R&D it down to an affordable consumer level and BING there we all are checking mail in our heads. When its here, it will unify communications like nothing else and almost make hardware obsolete.

I guess its kind of like my analogy about tattoos. Why pay to ink up permanently when you can wait for programmable ones? Then you can turn 'em off at work, and proudly display whatever you like off-hours. You could even animate them. I'd rather save my dough for that.




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