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The ongoing global Meldown isn't melting everyone, as Taiwan's Acer demonstrated in its 2008 financial results, released Tuesday. In fact, 2008 was a growth year for the world's third-largest PC maker, with operating income up a hefty 38 per cent from 2007: income was $428.8m (£299.8m) in 2008, up from $310.3m (£217m) in 2007 …


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  1. Dave


    is it a coincidence that they are the netbook maker selling the small cheap netbooks?

  2. J

    Doing my part...

    Given my two overseas trips this year, I finally caved in and ordered a mini-laptop (I refuse to call something almost as powerful as my 1.8GHz home desktop a netbook) yesterday. The Asus Eee 1000HE, for $400 -- after bumping the RAM to 2 GB, which might even make the little beast faster than my 1 GB desktop. OK, so I do have an old desktop, handed down to me from a friend a couple weeks ago (you should see how fast it feels running Kubuntu compared to my previous computer...).

    Unfortunately, I was forced to buy the XP version, since there is no Linux one that is not a small, slowish SSD (actually, a small SSD + slower flash) version. I feel bad wasting money on something I don't need. But that's life. I will definitely investigate whether I can get a refund though, no matter how small, just as a matter of principle.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    On the flipside

    I'm wondering how much of the target market now already owns a SCC?

    I think it's possible that a fair percentage of those interested would have one by now.

    The question is, when will they upgrade?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I don't know about their nebooks...

    But the vanilla laptop I bought from them is far from being what was advertised.

    Still very good value for money, but when I saw the salesman's pitch -after buying it- I was flabbergasted. "gaming and multimedia", really? It struggles with still images!

  5. Mark Silver badge

    Common sense

    At last a company gives the consumer what they want and then realises the profits. Qu'elle surprise. About time someone did it though.

  6. John


    lots of mentions of revenue/income, but no word on profits

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