A little less than two years ago, Netbooks came on the scene with the arrival of the Asus EEE. Small laptops had been available before, but with a far higher pricetag as they used the same components found in many mainstream notebooks. With technology and hardware advanced at a radpid pace, and the introduction of the Intel Atom processor, the low cost, basic performing netbook was born.
Netbooks are typically designed to perform well for basic 2D tasics, such as web surfing, word processing, video viewing and other everday tasks. They are generally very lightweight and portable, weighing in at under the 2lb mark, and as such are marked by their small screen size, often no larger than 10inches.
Since their debut, the netbook market as a whole, has been rapidly gaining traction, ballooning from only a piddly 3% their first year, just recently snapping up an astonishing 19.9% of the global sales of netbooks in the most recent quater according to DisplaySearch
Acer has been at the forefront of the netbook sales numbers since the release of their wildly popular and extremely price concious unit, the Aspire One. Acer sales account for just over 30% of the total global netbook sales, up 3% from a the previous quater and doubling that of the original “netbook inventors”, Asus. These healthy sales also help push Acer into the Number #2 spot behind HP.