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Sales of netbook computers soar

Mini-notebooks prove a big hit with consumers

Eee PC 900

The Eee PC 900 is cheap and fun but no toy

Netbook computers continue to defy the credit crunch with overall sales reaching 3.6 million in the last three months of 2008. 

In spite of, or perhaps because of, the current economic climate, these small and low-cost portable laptops designed for surfing the internet – comprised 30% of consumer laptop sales in Europe in the last quarter of 2008.

Europeans have snapped up 3.6 million netbooks since Asus introduced its first model, the Eee PC, in late 2007.

Which? has reviewed netbooks, and you will find them in our laptops report. 

Aspire One

Now, according to new data, more than 50 vendors have joined Asus in the market including Samsung, Acer, HP and Dell. Acer’s Aspire One, a Which? Best Buy, had the greatest share of the market in the run-up to Christmas.

Analysts expect netbook sales to remain buoyant through 2009, particularly as technological advancements such as larger screens and built-in 3G mobile broadband technology widen their appeal.

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