Netbook ownership on the rise, finds Which?Portable netbook computers become more popular

31 July 2010

The latest Which? computer-ownership survey reveals that netbook ownership has jumped significantly compared to this time last year.  


Netbooks are great for using on the move

A survey of more than 10,000 Which? online panel members in June found that 12% of them now own a netbook - a big increase from last year when just 7% owned one of the diminutive computers.

Netbooks are typically smaller and lighter than full-sized laptops. The trade-off for the better portability of netbooks tends to be lower specifications and the lack of a DVD drive.

Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of netbooks in the Which? netbooks review

Netbook spending costs on the up

Originally introduced as a low-cost computing option, Which? survey results show that the amount spent on a new netbook is actually increasing. 

In 2009, our survey found that the average cost of a new netbook was £281. This has increased to £294 in the 2010 results.

In contrast, the amount spent on laptops and desktop computers has fallen in the last year.

Samsung dominates

Samsung is the most popular netbook brand, accounting for 28% of  netbook ownership. Acer takes second place with  21%. 

Check out Which? netbook reviews to find out how these manufacturers fare on our product tests.

Does the iPad toll the death knell for netbooks?

Some experts see Apple’s much-publicised iPad as a potential netbook-killer.  

Apple's tablet computer is an easily-portable device that can handle a wide range of applications, and the strong sales of the iPad may well have an impact on netbook sales.

Find out what Which? experts thought of the iPad when they got their hands on it shortly after its US launch

Apple's competitors are expected to launch rival tablet computers later in the year - keep an eye on Which? computing advice for the latest news and reviews of iPad rivals. 

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