Over the past couple of years it's been acknowledged that, given the sales trends, eventually notebook sales would surpass those of desktop systems. If you had any money riding on when, you'd better hope you pegged Q3 2008, because the bias has, as of this quarter, swung in favour of the portable PC to the tune of 55.2 per cent, according to IDC.
No doubt significant in that overtaking by the laptop brigade is the greater than 65 per cent laptop sales bias of companies such as Sony, Acer and Lenovo. Not to mention the huge number of netbooks sold over the past months from Asus, Acer, MSI and Dell to name but a few manufacturers.
In addition, Q3 marked a record setting 9.5 million units shipped, again by IDC's figures, which is an impressively large number, to say the least. Indeed, that marks an 18 per cent year on year growth from 2007 and everything indicates the trend is set to continue.
It's a good time to be a laptop manufacturer.