Though a number of netbook sales projections have been missed this year, it doesn’t look like New Zealand took the hit very hard. There were about 25,000 netbooks shipped in New Zealand in 2008, but sales are expected to explode to 45,000 this year.
Industry voices are crediting the growth to the same factors that made netbooks rock in the rest of the world – they’re budget machines for tight times, and a majority of users are seeing that they don’t need to pay extra for the unused capability of laptops.
Netbooks range from $600 to $1200 in New Zealand, with the most sales occurring between $800 and $900. 85% of those sales are to the consumer market, but demand is starting to creep into the commercial sector despite competition with smartphones and ultramobiles.