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Notebook Shipments Surpass Desktop Systems'


Notebook Shipments Surpass Desktop Systems'

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.


October 29, 2008, 4:44 pm

Not surprising really, hardware wise laptops are getting to the point (and surpassing it) where they can perform all the functions that 90% of PC users require which is just web browsing, document editing, very light photo/video editing. And when you throw portability into the mix and very competitive price points you get a range of machines that satisfies everyone but the gamers and industry professionals.


October 29, 2008, 7:10 pm

i still find most laptops not good value for money, price vs performance wise. and a lot of them can keep me warm this coming winter with the amount of heat they output.


October 30, 2008, 11:23 pm

I suspect a lot of these laptop counted here are just used as desktops - taken home, placed on a desk forever more and have an external mouse and similar connected. With proper small desktops not being particulaly cheap or good a laptop is a reasonable makeshift way to get a desktop that doesn't take up as much space.

I think a computer use survey over the course of a year would be a better way to determine whether we're actually having a more mobile main computer or whether this is simply a change of styling and the use continues much as before.

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