Asus brings down the Eee PC production to only 350k, iPad to blame?
After Acer decides to cut down on its netbook production and increased orders of tablets, there are more woes for the netbook market as Asus reportedly moved only 350,000 units of its once popular Eee PC netbooks last month, says Electronista.
Asus and Acer are among the pioneers in the netbook business. In fact Asus’ Eee PC is hailed as the first netbook model to come out in 2007 that started a three year long reign of smaller cousins of laptops. But staying true to the vision of the world going smaller and more portable – tablets are now in the limelight mainly due to their portability and superior touch features. The hybrids called convertibles never really took off.
Asus’ problems are not unlike Acer’s, but not as severe as the later who had to reorganize its inventory and supply chain to accommodate more tablets. Asus’ full-size laptop sales are still pretty strong at about expected 3.1million by spring, but it’s the netbook number that has decreased to below 1.3million units it shipped during winter.