Acer sold more netbooks than Asus last quarter

Despite jump starting the consumer netbook fad practically by itself last year, Asus lost the top spot in netbook sales chart last quarter, according to DisplaySearch. The market research firm says Acer is now the biggest netbook vendor, with 2.15 million Q3 shipments and a meaty 38.3% market share. Asus only shipped 1.7 million units over the same time period, giving it a 30.3% share.

Somewhat surprisingly, other firms’ Eee PC competitors don’t seem to have been anywhere near as popular. MSI and HP both had less than 6% of the netbook market in Q3, while Dell got a paltry 2.8%. Of course, Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 didn’t come out until September, and HP only recently introduced an explicitly customer-focused (and Intel Atom-powered) netbook.

The netbook market as a whole is growing prodigiously, though. DisplaySearch predicts that netbook shipments will rise from a million units in 2007 to 14 million by the end of this year, and it says third-quarter growth alone added up to “more than 160 percent.”

Asus’ strong netbook sales also allowed it to make considerable headway in global laptop sales charts. Thanks to 189% year-over-year growth, Asus had roughly the same 8.6% market share as Toshiba last quarter, and it became the world’s fifth-biggest laptop vendor. Acer remains number two behind HP, DisplaySearch says.

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    • sschaem
    • 11 years ago

    I wonder how many people recently got the Acer or Asus without knowing the Samsung NC10 even exist.
    It might be a question of taste, but I find the NC10 to be the most pleasing of the sub 500$ netbook.

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      The NC10 is a 10″ unit and isn’t price competitive with either the 8.9″ units or some of the 10″ units (some variants of the Wind are down to $350 now, XP included).

    • Chrispy_
    • 11 years ago

    The original eee was too small, too slow and looked too cheap (beige/pearl, matt plastics, careless choice of italic handwriting for the logo and “chinglish” for the eee acronym)

    Sure there are much better eee’s now but people go, oh no, I’ve seen an eee and don’t look any further.

    • TheBob!
    • 11 years ago

    Every Walmart in the area(Richmond, VA) has the Aspire One in stock. I actually picked one up from there. It’s the Win XP 1GB ram, 120GB HD model. Very happy with it. Makes a great second computer. Would make a really bad primary PC though.

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 11 years ago

    iPhone more niche than the netbooks…..how is that bag of hurt , Jobs ?

    BTW, one of my friend bought his 2 kids one Aspire One to each one. 😀

    • Hattig
    • 11 years ago

    I got a very reduced HP2133 which is awesome for what I need it for (and got desktop effects working in Linux, snazzy), but if I hadn’t got that I would have probably plumped for the Aspire One, which are well priced and available all over the place.

    The EeePC had increasingly lumpen looks and too many variants at too high a price. They should learn from Apple – offer a few options, force the customer to choose. They need some styling first though, the newer Asus netbooks look better.

    Samsung look like the current popular netbook model. Q4 should see higher HP (new netbooks, and sale of 2133s) and Samsung, lower Acer and Asus.

    • 5150
    • 11 years ago

    Here in Montana, I’ve only seen one person with a netbook, and he is one of those losers that have Bluetooth headset on ALL THE FRIGGIN TIME!

    • floodo1
    • 11 years ago

    Here at SFSU humanities department, I’ve seen basically one each of EEE 901, HP (business model since the campus bookstore sells it), MSI Wind (again bookstore sells it), and Aspire One, and Dell.
    Haven’t seen a second of any of them 🙁 So here the market’s split up a lot.

    the bookstore recently started stocking the new Samsung, and it’s about to make me buy one. I can’t stand how ugly the aspire is with the extended battery, the HP is under powered, screw Dell with their funky keyboard…so that leaves EEE and MSI out, but using either one makes me like the samsung more!

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      If you compare the Aspire One and the Samsung, I believe you’ll find they’re using the exact same keyboard. If the battery was the only thing you didn’t like about the Steak Sauce, then your Samsung purchase is inevitable.

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 years ago

    At the local Fry’s the two choices are the Acer and the HP. Out in the wild (ie at coffee shops) I’ve seen about equal number of Acer and Eee (never seen a Dell or HP), though the two of them together don’t equal the Macbooks, which are about 50-50 with full-blown PC notebooks (which mostly are Dell and HP).

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      Methinks Uber lives in WA state.

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah, in a particularly boho neighborhood, which is why the Mac percentage is so high. (Piercings and tattoos correlate with Macs the way good shoes and button shirts correlate with PCs). But almost frigging everyone has an iPhone.

    • tay
    • 11 years ago

    How does the Mini 9 compare? Asus screwed themselves by the 1291283r45038349 model variants.

      • videobits
      • 11 years ago

      Acer didn’t make it easy to pick the right model either.
      I have the AOA150-1447 model in my hands now. It’s blue but say you wanted a white one, that’s a AOA150-1126. And now there are 30 models listed on their web page with similar numbers but no rhyme or reason behind the last 4 digits I can decipher….

      BTW….Had mine a week or so now and am very happy so far. Guys at work wanted one too.

        • ludi
        • 11 years ago

        That mostly only matters if you’re trying to buy an aftermarket battery and want to match the chassis color. Otherwise, there are really only two hardware configurations (Linux/SSD/512MB or XPHome/HDD/1GB).

        Sure, there were some configuration issues early on — the first XP units shipped with 120GB drives, later upgraded to 160GB, and some units still ship with 3-cell batteries while most now offer 6-cell — but by and large, an Aspire One is an Aspire One and the price is $280 for the Linux combo or $350 for the XP combo.

        Asus, meanwhile, has released…what, a dozen significantly different netbook and nettop configurations so far?

    • ludi
    • 11 years ago

    Apart from some minor specification variations (and the later option of colored chasses), Acer basically made two products — one with Linux and SSD, one with Windows and HDD — and made them both generally right, with a good price to match. They even got the unit into Wal-Mart.

    Asus has been playing Frankenstein’s lab and confusing the dickens out of the market with octoparrots like the N10J.

    Guess who wins…

      • echo_seven
      • 11 years ago

      I think there’s also the issue of Acer having 3-4 times the marketshare of Asus to begin with. Acer probably did everything “bigger” (more production facilities, larger vendor network), so they end up selling more units.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    OOoooo, take that Scott and Geoff!

    Anecdotally, here in the Pacific Northwest I’ve seen the Acer Aspire more often then any variation of the Asus Eee pc. I guess sometimes people have good taste after all ; )

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Here in Portland I have never seen a netbook in use. Guess I should go outside once in a while, though, to get a better picture o’ the publicg{<.<}g

        • 5150
        • 11 years ago

        The light will kill you. Stay inside and kill teh zombys.

          • indeego
          • 11 years ago

          Done and Done. They keep coming at me thoughg{<.<}g

            • UberGerbil
            • 11 years ago

            Let them bite you. It gets easier after that.

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