Acer tops Asus in fast-growing netbook market

But DisplaySearch lowers forecasts for overall notebook market

Asus, which was a marginal laptop player before introducing its US$400 Eee Netbook PC last October, saiw its notebook sales, including Netbooks, grow 189 percent year-over-year.

Asus had led the Netbook market by releasing variations on its original Eee in different sizes, prices and operating systems (both Windows and Linux). But driven by strong sales of its popular Aspire One, Acer overtook Asus, shipping 2.15 million Netbooks in Q3.

HP held third place, with 5.8 percent of the market. Its main model is the Mini-Note 2133. MSI followed with 5.7 percent of the market for its Wind Netbook.

In fifth place was Dell, with 2.8 percent of the market, followed by the One Laptop Per Child, which shipped 130,000 PCs in Q3 for 2.3 percent of the market. Lenovo was in 9th place, shipping just 40,000 units, followed by Toshiba.

Taiwanese makers such as Acer, Asus and MSI hold three-quarters of the Netbook market today. DisplaySearch expects "the dominant PC brands will continue to gain share in the mini-note PC market due to brand power and recognition, and lower cost structure."

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