Who'll win over consumers this holiday season? We test-drive the newest netbooks and notebooks.
This Christmas expect small computer overload -- so many options, so little time (and money). All the major computer manufacturers are coming out with lightweight 'net-connected laptops, and they're banking on big sales: The researchers at IDC expect some 160 million notebook computers to sell worldwide by the end of the year.
But which company will come out MOREKim Thai, contributor - Sep 22, 2009 6:00 AM ET
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I was in gadgetry heaven.
The Pepcom Holiday Spectacular in New York Thursday night was buzzing -- and it wasn't just the sensation of mobile devices on vibrate mode.
With 80 companies -- from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) to Samsung -- showing off their goods for the holiday season, the room pulsated with enthusiasm, competitiveness and innovation. It was MOREKim Thai, contributor - Sep 18, 2009 7:24 AM ET
In a sign that should bode well for Apple's (AAPL) earnings in its third fiscal quarter -- which ended Saturday -- the MacBook has clawed its way back to the top of Amazon's (AMZN) bestseller lists.
The Mac, which once led the pack in the online retailer's Computers & PC Hardware Bestsellers category despite its $1,000 to $2,000 sticker prices, had fallen behind the blistering sales pace set by netbooks like MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 29, 2009 10:05 AM ET
Here's a tale of two demographics.
If you list the five bestsellers in Amazon's "Computers and PC Hardware" category today, you get five netbooks -- three ASUS Eees and two ACER Aspire Ones. That's been the story pretty much all year.
If you list the five most popular items in "Computers and Software" on American Express's shopAmex site, you get four Apple (AAPL) products -- three MacBooks, one Apple TV and one MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 2, 2009 12:32 PM ET
On Wednesday, Gartner Research reported that Apple's (AAPL) share of the U.S. computer market, which topped 9% in calendar Q3 last year, dropped to 7.4% in Q1 2009 -- putting it in fourth place behind HP (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Acer.
The next day, Apple's share price rose nearly 2% to finish Thursday at $121.45, its highest close in six months.
Why the disconnect? Chalk it up to the ASPs.
As Gartner's Mikako MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 17, 2009 8:55 AM ET
Look what Santa left under Amazon.com's tree this Christmas morning:
7 Acer netbooks
7 Apple MacBooks
4 Asus netbooks
2 Samsung netbooks
2 MSI netbooks
1 OLPC (One laptop per child) XO laptop
1 Lenova Ideapad laptop
1 Toshiba Satellite laptop
Can you spot the ringer on Amazon's 2008 Christmas-day list of 25 bestselling notebook computers?
You guessed it. It's those seven premium-priced Apple (AAPL) MacBooks in a shopping cart dominated by stripped-down netbooks, heavily discounted Windows notebooks and a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 25, 2008 8:49 AM ET
Despite fierce competition from machines with more than twice the memory and price points hundreds of dollars lower, Apple's (AAPL) white 120 GB MacBook has captured the top spot on Amazon's (AMZN) list of bestselling computers this Christmas eve.
Helped along by rebates ranging from $75 to $150, three Apple-brand notebooks are on the top 10 list this morning. The other bestsellers are the 80 GB MacBook (No. 7) and the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 24, 2007 5:31 AM ET
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