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Is Netbook grabbing notebook's market ?  

I've seen some of the netbooks and even checked out some of the leaptops that are available here in India. Although there is a lotta difference between functionality of those two, but the netbooks have recently shaken the markets despite their lack of functionality. This market has been capitalized by few who took it as a chance for them to flourish in times of recession and of all the players Acer seems to have hit the bull's eye.

Acer has been in the laptop market for long and has strived long to be a top player among others in the Laptop and the Netbook market off late. But in the times of Economic slowdown acer has developed its own niche in the netbook market. Acer's goal to become the number one netbook manufacturer in the world along with predictions that these low cost portables will take up a big chunk of the market seem to be coming true. According to preliminary data released by market research firm DisplaySearch, last quarter netbooks managed to take up a smooth one-fifth of the market. Out of all laptops sold last quarter, roughly 6 million were netbooks ? a substantial amount, and a strong indicator that they will continue to do well which is predominantly in Latin America and the Europe, Middle East, and Asia (EMEA) region.

Out of those 6 million that was sold, Acer was the single largest manufacturer among them, being responsible for more than 30% of the market. They are well on their way to achieving their goal of a 50% share and the netbook market itself is well on its way to being one of the most substantial portions of the mobile sector. This seems to be the case despite the fact that the demarcation line between notebook and netbook has blurred subsequently over a period of time and has come close to being crossed completely on occasions. That may be only a temporary issue, as netbooks continue to mature we may see more of a price/performance wall between the two classes.

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