Research: Most people don’t know difference between netbooks and notebooks

I know, I know. Technically, netbooks are just little notebooks. But the truth of the matter is that there are a number of things that most full sized notebooks can do that are tougher to do on a netbook. For one thing, most full sized laptops have optical disc drives for installing software, listening to […]

Study: US netbook sales highest in big cities on the coasts

Netbooks have a few things going for them. They’re smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most laptops. But they also tend to emphasize internet connectivity with built in WiFi capabilities. But while plenty of folks have installed 802.11b, g, or n networks in their homes, ultraportable devices really shine when you take them out of the […]

Gartner: 2009 is the “year of the mini-notebook” in Asia Pacific

Research firm Gartner has put out a report claiming that this will be the “year of the mini-notebook” in the Asia Pacific region, with netbook shipments expected to grow by 82 percent from last year. You’ll have to pony up $1295 to read the full report, but the Cliff Notes version is available in the […]

Mini-notebooks account for 30% of consumer laptop sales in EMEA

Research firm IDC says that 30% of “consumer portable” computer sold in the EMEA region in the fourth quarter of 2008 were mini-laptops. EMEA covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Overall, 3.6 million netbooks were sold in the region, accounting for 20% of overall notebook sales and an even higher percentage of consumer oriented […]

Netbook sales are up, are they saving or killing the computer industry?

Hello and welcome to today’s installment of  “are netbooks helping or hurting computer makers?” There’s absolutely no doubt that mini-laptops represent the fastest growing segment of the computer industry. This week the researchers at DisplayBank put out a report estimating that 14.6 million netbooks were sold in 2008. That’s about 11% of all notebooks sold […]

Pricegrabber: A lot of people are buying netbooks

According to PriceGrabber a growing number of laptops being sold are netbooks. No real surprise there. But the report (PDF link) also makes a few other interesting claims. First, Pricegrabber says that 91 percent of the people they surveyed who said they have a netbook also have a full sized laptop and 87 percent own […]

Gartner: PC sales revenue is down, but netbook sales are up

Research firm Gartner says PC shipments were up about 1% during the 4th quarter of 2008. But revenue from computer sales was down by as much as 20%. According to Computer World, that’s because low cost netbooks are cannibalizing sales of more expensive computers.  But I’m not sure that’s the only conclusion that can be […]