Notebook Computer Sales Beat Desktops in 2008:Q3, And Will Increase By +15.2% in 2009
NEW YORK (AP) — Shipments of notebook computers edged past desktop sales in the third quarter for the first time, according to data from the research firm iSupply. Preliminary figures for the quarter show notebook PC shipments shot up 40% from the same period a year ago to 38.6 million. Meanwhile desktop shipments fell 1.3% to 38.5 million.
The numbers underscore a broader shift toward portable computing as more functions like e-mail and Web surfing migrate to mobile phones and the popularity of inexpensive "netbooks" used mainly for Internet access grows.
The research firm IDC also predicted this month that sales of laptops would fair better amid a deepening recession - portable PC shipments will grow by 15.2% in 2009, while expecting a 6.7% decline for desktops and servers using PC microprocessors.