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Acer Planning MID/UMPC, Kindle Rival To Battle Tablet Revolution

Acer Planning MID/UMPC, Kindle Rival To Battle Tablet Revolution

Look out, guys--Acer is on the move! That's the message being spun by a computer company on the rise, and judging by the numbers, it honestly looks like Acer is poised to shake-up a market place long dominated by the likes of HP, Dell and Lenovo. A recent Forbes article has taken an interesting in-depth look at Acer, a company that doesn't receive nearly the recognition or respect it deserves in the mainstream. Currently, Acer's market share is only behind HP in terms of total units shipped (based on Gartner figures), yet you rarely hear of these guys. In fact, you probably hear about Asus and Apple more often than Acer, and neither of those companies have total market share (for PC sales) in the top 5.

So, what's Acer looking to do in order to get noticed going forward. First off, it seems as if getting noticed is the least of the company's concerns. Instead, they're focused on penetrating markets that have yet to be fully tapped, and in turn, satisfying those all-important shareholders. Currently, Acer has a decent grip on the consumer PC market and even in the accessory market, but places where it could still stand to steal away share are in their targets: education and business. Those two sectors are highly lucrative, but cracking them requires slow, methodical planning. It's tough to nab away contracts in corporations and universities where relationships are already established, but Acer is hoping that they're low cost, high service approach will convince purchasing teams to give them a second look.



What else is the company planning to do in the coming months? Compete with Apple, Dell, HP and everyone else making Tablet PCs, but not in the way that you might think. Rather than just copying the slates already out there, Acer plains to introduce "Internet gadgets that fall between smartphones and netbooks in size," with at least one direct Kindle competitor on the horizon. That's the first we've heard of E Ink and Acer mentioned at the same time, and more exciting still, the first solid confirmation that the company is hard at work on a MID and/or UMPC. Is Acer working with NVIDIA? Will their MID/UMPC finally be the one that shows up the tablet world? Will it have built-in phone capabilities? With Computex coming up soon, we're hoping to hear more about these undisclosed products in the near future. But until then, it's safe to say that Acer is playing for keeps, and they don't plan on having mercy on anyone.
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The general public probably isn't thinking far enough ahead about this, but this kind of news is why you should avoid DRM'd eBook formats like the plague. There are going to be so many good options from here on out that it's quite probable that you might want to switch book/tablet systems the next time you upgrade.

If you buy books in open formats, that's no problem. If the first one you buy into contains a specific manufacturers DRM, you're pretty much boned or locked-in.

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That is a very astute observation 3vi1 as well as a very true one. I am excited about the tablet, but much like most new or newer things in the computer market have a little patience. I do not think at the current rate of technology it will take very long. You can look at netbook's just for a demo on the subject. They had there very own CPU class in less than 2 years.

I think a year from the initialization of this "new" market space with the focus of almost everything at least to an extent being mobile it will not take very long. In fact by Christmas of this year I bet the iPad will be pretty much obsolete either with a released device, or an upgraded model (and I do not mean the already scheduled 3G one, I mean a new one). I say this because Apple has the ability to move fast much like Intel does if they want to. They also have less ties to bind them really being as they adhere to one thing, there own vision period really.

Either way we already know of at least 5 more devices if not more from different companies and it is probably considerably more than that.

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The Forbes article was indeed interesting, and Acer management's emphasis on maintaining close ties with Asian suppliers seems spot on. I think we'll be seeing some really innovative consumer products from them in the near future. Pity, however, that they presently seem to be pushing a bloated system like Windows 7 on their netbooks ; I've seen examples running Linplus and they really work well - lightweight and nimble. Imagine an Acer netbook running Chrome OS - now that should be a dream !...

Henri

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Just in the bookstore today and they had three people there to push the Nook! I looked at it and was like are you serious! The things are probably close to 350-400 by the time you are done. You can go out and get a netbook for half that. Just convert to PDF's and whats the BFD?

I am sure by the end of summer there will be so many options, they will be practically giving them away.

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