There’s been a lot of talk over the last few months about whether there’s a future for netbooks or whether the iPad and other tablets will kill the tiny portable notebook market. I personally believe there’s room for both product categories — there are some things that are always going to be easier to do with a physical keyboard, while other activities that work best with a touchscreen and/or an “always on,” internet connected device.
Apparently Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin agrees with me. While Acer plans to launch a line of slate computers soon, Digitimes reports that Lin says netbooks won’t die anytime soon. Instead, he expects them to become a stable segment of the notebook market.
Lin suggests that netbooks will account for about 20% of notebook shipments this year, and while he doesn’t expect any major growth in the netbook space next year, he doesn’t expect figures to drop too much next year.
Of course, this is just one guy’s opinion, but you have to think he might know something about the netbook space, since Acer is one of the dominant players in the netbook market as well as one of the top global PC makers in terms of the number of computers shipped.
It’s also good to know that Acer doesn’t plan to stop making low power, low price netbooks in the near future. Many companies seem to be focusing there efforts on pricier 11.6 inch and 13 inch laptops with ULV processors. While the performance boost is certainly welcome, it’s nice to have a range of portable computers to choose from, including small, cheap, and low power machines as well as notebooks with beefier specs and price tags.