Gartner, the research and analyst firm, is predicting that netbooks are going to be big business:
Just a few of the numbers they are tossing around:
– In 2008, they expect more than 5 million mini-notebooks to be shipped
– In 2009, up to 8 million shipped
– In 2012, up to 50 million shipped
– Up to 70% of netbooks to be in the consumer category.
They base this on what most of us who are already using smaller laptops know:
â€œThe demand for mini-notebooks will be driven by several factors: by their small form factor and small screen, their light weight, their price, their ease of use and their basic, but sufficient, PC functionality,â€ said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner, in a statement.