HP, Dell, Lenovo Offering New Crop of Low-Cost Notebooks
Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo all introduce or revamp their low-cost, ultraportable notebook offerings in an effort to ramp up sales heading into the holiday shopping season. These new notebooks come as the PC market is beginning to feel the impact of the ongoing credit crisis, which holds the potential for a large PC sales and shipment slowdown. The new, low-cost HP, Dell and Lenovo notebooks reflect changes in the netbook market and offer larger displays, which should make these laptops more appealing to business buyers.In less than a week, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo have all rolled out new low-cost, ultraportable notebooks. The move by three of the world's largest PC vendors shows the growing impact low-cost laptops have had on the overall PC market, especially as these companies look to increase sales in a slowing market. While these low-cost notebooks, or "netbooks," were originally envisioned as laptops for schoolchildren or cheap alternatives for users in emerging markets, these notebooks have actually helped the PC industry keep its sales going as enterprises continue to hold off on refreshing their PC fleets.
Recent reports from IDC and Gartner show that these low-cost laptops helped overall PC shipments grow by about 15 percent in the third quarter of 2008, despite the looming financial crisis and the worry that businesses, especially in the financial sector, will begin to curtail hardware spending in 2009. Earlier in 2008, IDC revamped its estimates, and it said it now believes shipments of low-cost notebooks could top 10 million units by the end of 2008.