No. 9: Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) grabbed the top place in PCs from Dell (DELL) two years ago by jumping on the notebook bandwagon as consumers went shopping for desktop power in portable devices. Hewlett-Packard hopes to cash in again in an emerging category of hybrid laptops called super netbooks.
The numbers. One of the most-watched devices in this category is the DM3, a 13-inch, thin, lightweight notebook with an eight-hour battery life, four-gigabyte memory and no DVD drive. HEWLETT-PACKARD introduced the DM3 in July priced at $599. On Friday it will sell on Amazon (AMZN) for $499.
The stock. Hewlett-Packard branched into IT services last year and hopes to get a chunk of Cisco's (CSCO) networking market with the pending acquisition of 3Com (COMS). But computers are still its biggest business and if hybrid notebooks are a winning category, Hewlett-Packard could continue to punish Dell.
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