If netbooks are a fad, they sure are a long-lasting and far-reaching one. Research firm DisplaySearch is now forecasting that netbook shipments could double from 2008 to 2009, when all is said and done, as PC World reports. Shipments of the little buggers could reach nearly 33 million units, versus 16.4 million last year, the firm estimates.
The growing popularity of netbooks comes from, well, their growing size and capability. Larger screens, bigger keyboards, and better graphics are behind the bullish forecast. Seems obvious to me, but then I don't make sales estimates, which are surely tricky to get right.