Consumers see netbooks as secondary devices

Posted on Sunday, Feb 08 2009 @ 20:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A survey carried out by ABI Research among 1,000 consumers found that only 11 percent of potential users would use a netbook as their primary computer, while 79 percent see netbooks as a secondary device to be used in addition to a notebook or desktop PC. However, ABI Research analyst Philip Solis does note that netbooks will hurt sales of laptops somewhat:
Netbooks are much smaller and affordable compared to fully-functional laptops, but they do not have optical disc drives integrated and come with rather slow Intel Atom or Celeron M central processing units, moderate graphics adapters as well as insufficient amount of random access memory to perform serious tasks. Netbooks are easy to carry, but they will not be able even to run a large Excel book or multimedia-rich presentation.

“Even as a device that is secondary to the PC, this has to cut into the laptop market somewhat. When considering another laptop as an additional device mostly for browsing the web and using other Internet-based communications applications, consumers will find netbooks to be an appropriate alternative,” added Mr. Solis.
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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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