Sure CES is less than a month away and I suspect we’ll see a lot of new and existing netbooks on display on that show floor. But one of the biggest events for computer makers every year is the Computex trade show in Taiwan. Despite the down economy, the organizers say they’ve booked 1800 companies to exhibit at Computex in June 2009, which is about 100 more than last year. And netbooks are expected to take center stage at the event, much as they did this summer.
Computex 2008 saw the launch of many popular netbooks including the MSI Wind U100. Acer, Asus, MSI, Intel, NVIDIA, and other companies will be talking netbook at Computex, 2009. But I have to wonder, will they be as exciting as the netbooks we saw at this year’s show.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully expect that next year’s netbooks will have faster CPUs which consumer lower power, touchscreens, 3G modems and all sorts of other cool new features. But part of the reason that the netbook market is growing so quickly right now is that there are still plenty of people who have never seen a netbook let alone purchased one. How long can this momentum last? I certainly think people will be excited about netbooks at CES next month. But what about 7 months from now?
I mean, I’ll certainly still be talking about them. But what do you think, will the product category be as hip half a year from now as it is today?