Move Over Netbooks: Nettops to Also Surge This Year

New class of all-in-one PCs could sell for $400 by year's end


One of my favorite new classes of PC is poised to take off: Cheap all-in-one desktops that are just starting to appear. Asus, Dell, Acer and others have announced models with built-in LCD screens that could make great family hubs.

Most have announced initial models at prices of $600 and up. But sales will boom when prices dip to $400 or so, which could happen by year's end, say analysts at DisplaySearch. The market is drawing a raft of new players who've seen the surge of interest in netbooks.

Nettops are essentially netbooks turned on their side. The wave of the inexpensive desktops hitting the market has DisplaySearch nearly doubling projected sales to about 6 million this year. The firm had predicted sales of about 3.4 million just a few months ago.