Notebooks and netbooks to drive UK PC market, says ACER MD David Drummond


Notebooks and netbooks to drive UK PC market, says ACER MD David Drummond

Adrian Bridgwater

Notebooks and netbooks will drive growth in the UK PC market, according to David Drummond, managing director of Acer UK.

There has been a lot of interest in budget, portable PCs following Asus' success with its Eee netbook.

Acer says it is taking a healthy slice of the market with its Aspire One line. Acer launched the small form factor machines in June 2008.

Acer said it wants to grow sales in the market after IDC's 'quarterly PC tracker' projected double digit growth for the portable PC market in January 2008.

"Notebooks and in particular netbooks stand out as key units for us at this time. Although IDC's figures only project a 22.8% quarterly growth rate for the corporate market compared to 41.8% in the home consumer space, I think that there is plenty of scope for enterprise customers to realise the benefits of remote working with these machines in situations where a PDA or smartphone keyboard simply isn't big enough," said David Drummond.

After acquiring Gateway for £355m in August 2007, Acer is keen to cement its number three position in the UK PC market. This is behind Hewlett-Packard's notebook line and Dell, which is expected to launch a netbook product soon.

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