Nearly 80 percent of PC users see netbooks as the device that can be used in addition to a laptop, says ABI Research.

Market research by the company revealed that only 11 percent of US PC users would purchase a netbook as their primary computer.

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Only 11% of cosnumers would choose a netbook, such as the Eee PC, as their main machine

While their low price does cause some consumers to view netbooks as a replacement for a laptop given the current economic conditions, the majority view a netbook as being a secondary device," said Philip Solis, principal analyst at ABI Research.

According to Solis netbooks may not be considered for primary machines because they're generally not as powerful as a PC or laptop and don't feature CD or DVD drives.

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"When considering another laptop as an additional device mostly for browsing the web and using other Internet-based communications applications, consumers will find netbooks to be an appropriate alternative."

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