Looking at netbook sales

There is some interesting discussion happening today regarding netbook sales, namely that new devices may be negatively impacting sales and growth.

Paul Thurrott has done a nice job of separating hype from reality. He references IDC’s forecast that 45.6 million mininotebooks (aka netbooks) will be sold in 2011 and 60.3 million units in 2013.

We spend a lot of time checking out the new PCs in all form factors, and it is no wonder that people are buying lots of netbooks from our partners.  Check out the ASUS Eee PC 1008P Karim Rashid Collection netbook, the HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition, and the Sony VAIO W, which my colleague Ben Rudolph recently posted about. Ben also highlighted HP’s recent announcement of new consumer PCs which include updates to their Mini line up of netbooks. Ben tells me he’ll be posting about several other netbooks in the coming weeks.