The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas will see new entries into the U.S. PC market by several Asian manufacturers, including Acer, Asustek, and Lenovo. Even though the U.S. market is considered “mature,” these companies are relying on advanced features, attractive styling, and niche placement to propel them to higher market share and profits. Many companies believe that in order to be considered a “global player,” they must have significant market share in the United States.
Asian PC makers turn to U.S. consumers for growth (News.com)
One of the niche markets that some Asian companies, particularly Asus, intend to enter is that of the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC). Asus is also planning on unveiling a laptop with a terabyte of storage space provided by two of the 500 GB Hitachi hard drives, as highlighted by Paul Mah.
Laptop predictions for 2008 (News.com)
Asus to unveil terabyte laptop (ComputerWorld)
I have not purchased a PC from an Asian vendor, though my TabletPC (bought by my employer) is a Toshiba. While business power users will certainly be compelled by the terabyte laptop, I am not sure that styling or “advanced” features (specifics of the actual features won’t be revealed until CES) will convince me to buy one of these new offerings. However, a higher performance UMPC might be exactly what is needed to get me to buy a Chinese computer product. What has your experience been with Chinese PC offerings?