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Smaller, Cheaper Netbooks Take Hold

By Reuters  |  Posted 06-05-2008 Print

Secondary PCs

Buyers at Computex expressed interest in the new PCs as they crowded around the displays of small pink, white and blue Netbooks.

"I'd definitely buy it as a second PC, since it's easy to carry around and the screens are much bigger than a Blackberry or PDA--its just easier to see," said Florence Koh from Singapore.

Most of the new low-cost laptops, running on Linux or Windows XP operating systems, will be in stores this summer, and some analysts say they could resurrect a flagging PC market.

"They have set these products at a fair price range, and I can see many people finding it attractive," said Jonathan Dee, General Manager of NetEssentials from Philippines, as he strolled down the aisles of the computer show.

According to IDC, notebook shipments, including low-cost PCs, are expected to hit 145 million units this year, up 34.5 percent from last year as consumer demand remained strong in Europe and Latin America despite a slowdown in the U.S. market.

Growth for 2009 is seen slowing to 24.9 percent, hitting 181.5 million units, said IDC.



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