Huge Growth For Netbooks

New figures out show that the global financial crises has had no affect on mini notebook shipments, or PCs for that matter

US market research company Display Research shows that mini notebook shipments in the Asia-Oceania region are expected to grow from 1.8 million units in 2008 to approximately 3 million this year, and increase of over 64 percent.

And while the expected growth in notebooks is good, the death knell of the PC is still a way off with Display Research expecting 14.1 million units to be shipped this year, over 11.9 in 2008, an increase of 18.7 percent.

“Mini-notes are forecast to continue to be a significant portion of the market,” said John F Jacobs, Director of Notebook Market Research. “However, as display sizes of these devices have quickly moved from 7-inch to 8.9-inch to 10.1-inch, and now with the emergence of 11.6-inch and 12-inch mini-note products, it is clear that buyers want a light-weight device, but that they also want a bigger display. While these devices have certainly created a new market, our research indicates that they are predominantly used as secondary PCs by consumers, and are not replacing notebooks,” and author of the report.