Acer was third biggest notebook vendor in late ’06

We heard reports last year that said Acer was on its way to becoming the world’s third-largest notebook vendor behind Dell and HP. Well, according to an eWeek report that quotes figures from iSuppli, Acer succeeded in taking the third place spot away from Toshiba in the fourth quarter of 2006.

The iSuppli figures say Acer saw shipments of its notebooks rise from 2.3 million in the third quarter of last year to a cool 3.4 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 45%. Over the same time period, HP—now the world’s biggest PC vendor—saw shipments rise a less impressive 32%, from presumably around 3.8 million to “more than 5 million.” Meanwhile, Dell and Toshiba saw shipments drop by around 1% each in the fourth quarter. For reference, worldwide shipments of all notebooks went up from 20 million in the third quarter to 23 million in the fourth quarter, a rise of 15.7%.

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    • DASQ
    • 14 years ago

    At least in Canada, Acer allows the end-user to purchase the two-year extended warranty any time within the first year. I find that’s the ‘last straw’ in pushing people to purchase an Acer laptop.

    Unfortunately, I’ve seen sporadic problems across a few lines, strange CPU-usage that is potentially BIOS/motherboard related, harddrives falling out of their mounts, somewhat cheap chassis with bits of parts snapping off easily (like the lid release catches). The Acer epower management software is also awful. It even LOOKS awful.

    Although better than Toshiba’s pieces of garbage.

    • SGT Lindy
    • 14 years ago

    All things considered price is the number one deciding factor for the masses.

    I just bought an Acer Aspire 5610 for $699 about two weeks ago. Typing on it now.

    Core Duo 1.73ghz
    1 gig of RAM (upgraded it to 2gig the next day)
    160gig SATA Segate perpendicular HD
    Intel 945 chipset and video
    DL-DVD burner
    Intel ABG wireless
    Vista Home Premium

    I was seriously looking at a Thinkpad T-60 with basically the same components (Core 2 Duo 1.83ghz and 120gig HD) for double the price. I just happened to be in Circuit City looking at other stuff when I walked down the notebook section.

    Same basic components twice the price??? The thinkpad does have much better plastic and attention to detail cosmetically but the guts are the same. For $99 I extended the warranty for two years.

      • UberGerbil
      • 14 years ago

      You do realize there’s a significant difference (in architecture and clockspeed-normalized performance) between a Core Duo (Yonah) and a Core 2 Duo (Merom). As far as CPU goes, the guts are /[

    • blastdoor
    • 14 years ago

    Wow, impressive.

    Their products don’t appeal so much to me, but they’ve clearly identified a price/performance mix that is appealing to a lot of people.

    • Firestarter
    • 14 years ago

    Judging by what I’ve heard and seen, it’s obvious that the masses are more than willing to forgo quality to save a few dollars..

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