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CARL WEST, BUSINESS GROUP DIRECTOR, GFK


On competition from tablets: “There is going to be some erosion of the laptop market from webbooks – tablets and netbooks – because when a consumer goes into a store and looks at what they do as a user, they will make their decision based on their lifestyle.


“So if they are an internet-only


user, there’s the possibility that a webbook will serve that purpose. Likewise though, with social networking you need ergonomic input, whether that’s in a physical keyboard or a digital one, so it really is about how the consumers want to use their machine.


“But the notebook really has continued to grow in the B2B and the retail channels and will continue to do so.”


“The notebook really has continued to grow in the B2B and the retail channels and will continue to do so. The whole ‘access wherever you are’ thing lends itself beautifully to the mobile machine.”


On Cloud Computing: “Wih the whole cloud element, we are seeing more and more social networking, video streaming and music streaming. All of these things are either rental or viewable online. “Clearly that has an influence on the buying decision of the consumer, whether they go for a laptop or webbook, but the crucial element of it is that 3G and wi-fi enabled notebooks are able to connect in the home and around cities. The whole ‘access wherever you are’ thing lends itself beautifully to the mobile machine.”


>>> [ ] ASUS X5DIJ


SRP: £399 Distributor: VIP Computers


They say: The Asus X5DIJ-SX468V comes powered by the Intel Celeron Processor T3300, and has the 64-bit version of the genuine Windows 7 Home Premium operating system pre-installed


Specs: Intel Celeron T3300, 15.6-inch TFT display, 320GB SATA HDD, 2GB DDR2 RAM, embedded Intel GMA X4500M graphics, mobile Intel GL40 Express chipset


[ ] HP TOUCHSMART TM2


SRP: £699 Distributor: Westcoast


They say: With unparalleled versatility, the HP TouchSmart tm2 lets you touch, draw, type or move everywhere in between. This compact yet powerful notebook converts to a tablet with a simple twist


[ ] ACER TRAVELMATE 5730


SRP: £550 Distributor: Bluepoint


They say: TravelMate 5730G-873G25MN notebook comes packaged in the new ProFile design chassis and boosts on-the-job performance with features perfectly suited to the progressive professional's daily life. Its ProFile's look and feel is all business and equipped with cutting-edge Intel dual-core processor technology


Specs: 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3GB DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB SATA HDD, 15.4-inch active matrix TFT LCD display, integrated wi-fi, Windows 7 Professionalwith optional downgrade to Windows XP


Specs: 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400, 3GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB SATA HDD, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450, integrated wi-fi and bluetooth, fingerprint reader


[ ] SAMSUNG R530


SRP: £399 Distributor: Westcoast


They say: The R530 is a powerful yet affordable style leader. It offers great all-round value by combining outstanding quality and performance in an ultra-stylish ‘touch of colour’ diamond and metallic hairline finish


Specs: 2GHz Intel Celeron T3300, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250GB SATA HDD, Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics, integrated webcam, wireless LAN


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