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

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Matthew

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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.

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tipstir

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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

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"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

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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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