In our latest episode of “as the netbook sells,” DisplaySearch expects nearly 33 million netbooks to ship in 2009, while shipments of larger notebooks is expected to remain steady. In fact, the analysts suggest that part of the reason for flat shipments in traditional laptops is because netbooks are selling so well.
While most PC makers are trying to position netbooks as secondary machines that one would purchase in addition to a typical notebook rather than instead of, they’re cheap and attractive machines that some people may be buying as primary computers. At the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if some people who do plan to use both a traditional laptop and a netbook might be picking up netbooks now and putting off more expensive laptop purchases until later.
DisplaySearch points out that another reason for sluggish laptop sales could be the decline in enterprise demand as companies are looking for places to cut costs in response to the economic downturn.