Analysts: Acer should buy Fujitsu's laptop business

By on March 1, 2010, 2:30 PM
Acer has been forthright about its plans and predictions. The company is fixated on taking HP's number one crown, and if that weren't ambitious enough, it recently predicted the demise of US-based computer manufacturers. Acer has grown substantially over the last couple years, acquiring several PC makers (Gateway, eMachines, and Packard Bell to name a few), and according to DigiTimes, the company might be eyeing Fujitsu's laptop business.

Citing "market watchers," DigiTimes reports that an acquisition would be the quickest way for Acer to surpass HP in terms of global notebook shipments. The company needs to grow by more than 40% this year to achieve its goal -- 45.2% to be precise. Acer sold about 31 million notebooks in 2009, up 32% on-year with an 18% market share, while HP shipped about 37 million units and expects to sell 42 to 45 million laptops in 2010.

Market watchers believe Fujitsu is a prime target for acquisition, as it has strong sales in Western Europe and Japan, shipping around three million notebooks in 2009. Regardless of whether it takes the top position, Acer has a lock on second place and seems to be doing very well for itself.




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AfricanTech said:

I'm amazed that Acer has been doing so well in the both the desktop and laptop market. My personal experience with their machines has not been good - initial price is good but longevity and subsequent support has been lacking. After my experiences I'll stick to HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and Toshiba thanks.

DJ83 said:

Interesting you say that, from you user name I presume you based in Africa, I had bad experiences with Acer machines while in southern Africa, but in the UK they seem to provide better support. I still think Acer load too much software on their machines that are really not necessary.

nismo91 said:

i had to agree that acer has preloaded their laptops with many bloatware. but interestingly my friend's acer predator seems to be free from these bloatware. maybe they knew gamers hate bloatware.

anyway i have good experience with both my acer machines and running great. acer deserves the 2nd place imo.

JudaZ said:

AfricanTech said:

I'm amazed that Acer has been doing so well in the both the desktop and laptop market. My personal experience with their machines has not been good - initial price is good but longevity and subsequent support has been lacking. After my experiences I'll stick to HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, and Toshiba thanks.

My experience with Acer has also been less then good, and I even worked as a reseller of their products. Their support is terrible, and their products always seem chepa build in a way.

prefer HP for quality all the way. They have had some issues with some hardware in the past, but if they do my experience is that tey are very honest about it if it happens. ...Acer always tries to blaim the user, even if its obvious its a production error.

...its easy to get the biggest manufacturer in the world if you keep buying other companies, does not meen your products are any good though..

...i feel Acers products are like their corporate events i attended a few times, lots of booze and disoriented people.

Guest said:

I think they gain number two spot because of the price of their laptop, not from the quality side. However from my experience, Sony Vaio is the least preffered as I bought one in Dec 2008 and after using for 1 day, I realized it couldn't be restarted. What a shame! I sent to the shop asking for replacement but they insist on repairing the laptop and the rest is nightmare.

HP but is great but Compaq is another 'Sony Vaio'..lol

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