Netbooks Top Amazon.com’s Best-Selling Notebook List

The tech blogosphere was atwitter yesterday over the latest top selling notebooks list from Amazon, which shows that the top 5 and indeed most of the top 10 are netbooks, rather than traditional notebooks. Our fellow bloggers wondered: does this mean that notebooks are out, and netbooks are in? While I agree that netbooks have arrived, when I look at which systems top the list, I’m not surprised. As of this writing, the top 5 systems are:

  • The Acer Aspire one with XP and 6-cell battery
  • The MSI Wind U100 with 6-cell battery
  • The Eee PC 1000H (also comes with a 6-cell battery)
  • The Eee PC 900 (the only celeron-based netbook in the bunch, comes at a really low $329)
  • Another 6-cell Acer Aspire one, this time in black.

Amazon.com is the Web’s best-known and trusted e-tailer. And what we see here are a bunch of netbooks — with the exception of the bargain-priced Eee PC 900 — that you just can’t get at big box retailers. Some of them, particularly, the 6-cell versions of the Aspire one and the MSI Wind, are difficult to find even at other e-tailers. Also, none of the notebook manufacturers here (Acer, ASUS, and MSI) has an online store of its own. So while consumers who want to order a Dell notebook online will likely go directly to Dell.com, if they want an Eee PC or an Aspire one, they’ll have to look to an e-tailer like Amazon.com. With no competition from big box retailers or even from the manufacturer’s own stores, is it any wonder that Amazon’s top-selling portable computers are all netbooks? I think this says more about the distribution channel for netbooks than lack of interest in notebooks. (via Engadget and Cult of Mac)

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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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