Notebook sales up 43.4%, the highest growth in eight years

By on May 25, 2010, 1:30 PM
According to Gartner, notebook sales jumped 43.4% on-year to 49.4 million units during the first quarter of 2010, representing $36 billion in end-user spending and marking the highest growth the mobile PC market has experienced in eight years. Most of that increase stems from consumer purchases, though there was an uptick in business spending a trend the firm expects to continue through 2011.

Netbook shipments rose 71% year-over-year, though that growth is slowing as folks being to understand that such devices are underpowered compared to increasingly cheaper full-sized notebooks. The average selling price of mobile PCs was $732, down 15% from $868 in 2009.

Although Acer is closing in quickly, HP still claimed the top position, accounting for 19.2% of worldwide laptop shipments. Acer represented 18.5% of the market, and along with Asus, the Taiwanese companies experienced the largest growth rate among the top-tier vendors.

Dell took third place during the first quarter, shipping 11.5% of the world's mobile computers, Toshiba sat in fourth with 9.3% of the market share, and Asus followed with 8.8% a 113% increase on-year. That left 32.9% of the pie for others, such as Lenovo.

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tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Much cheaper now then prior years and you get more for your money. (Blue Ray/Combo DVDRW/CDRW LightScribe, 802.11b/gn, 10/100/100mbps, 15-in-1 Card Read/Write, HDM, LED LCD, 4GB, 320GB, 15.9 / 16:9 HD, WebCam Digital Cam, Dolby Theater Surround Sound, Touch LED Neon Controls come-on for less than $699.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"though that growth is slowing as folks being to understand that such devices are underpowered compared to increasingly cheaper full-sized notebooks"

Unlike the facts, which form most of this article, this is just interpretation. It's just as possible to say that the netbook growth is slowing down because consumers discovered that they can buy even less functional devices for more money (i.e., slates).

Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

It's a loose quote from a Gartner analyst -- take it as you may: "However, mini-notebooks' share slowed in some regions as consumers begin to understand the limitations of mini-notebooks, especially in the face of aggressive price cuts of regular notebooks."

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