Will desktop sales surpass notebook in 2009?
According to research firm iSuppli , the global notebook sales surpassed desktop sales for the first time during third quarter of 2008.
Technocrats think that convenience, price affordability, fastness are some of the reasons that have dominated the rise in notebook sales. Across the global markets, the desktop sales have comedown in the recent times.
In an effort to have better presence in desktop market, PC makers Apple and Intel have introduced economic brand desktops aimed to target masses. Most of the vendors have come up with peripherals with low cabinet weight and size, wireless key boards and LCD monitors (occupy less space than a CRT monitor).
Industry analysts think that internet has made a major difference in consumer behavior for the selection of notebook/desktop.
Although notebooks offer advantage of portability, desktop lovers think that notebooks fail to provide more storage (economy models) and virus resistance.
Research firm Gartner predicts that in 2009 worldwide mobile PC shipments are expected to reach 155.6 million units, a 9 percent increase from 2008. Desk-based PC shipments are forecast to total 101.4 million units, a 31.9 percent decline from 2008. Mobile PC growth will be substantially boosted by continued growth in mini-notebook shipments; excluding mini-notebooks, other mobile PC shipments will grow just 2.7 percent in 2009.
Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli, said: "An annual decline in unit shipments is highly unusual in the PC market. Even in weak years, PC unit shipments typically rise by single-digit percentages.
"Mobility is winning out in the PC market. Businesses and consumers continue to embrace notebooks PCs because of the benefits of mobility and the near-equal performance and feature set. This is cutting into desktop PC shipments."
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