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Laptops begin to punch their weight in the PC market

Laptops are finally making serious inroads into the desktop PC market, according to analysts IDC.

Laptops are finally making serious inroads into the desktop PC market, according to analysts IDC. For the last few years, notebook computers have accounted for approximately 20 per cent of all PCs sold, but this figure is starting to read a little more like 24 per cent, based on figures achieved over the last year. IDC believes this number will now stabilise at 25 per cent.

“Notebooks accounted for nearly 24 per cent of the second quarter PC mix, which is up from both the quarter before and the same period last year,” said IDC analyst Alan Promisel. “It’s a pretty significant uptick.”

Such comments are good news for PC manufacturers, who routinely make bigger profit margins selling notebooks than desktops.

“Generally, I think the trend will continue,” said Promisel. “Our forecast is that, by 2005, notebooks are going to be about 25 per cent of the desktop/notebook split.”

The growth for notebooks has been rapid: in 1999, the mix was 18 per cent notebooks, 82 per cent desktops. In 2000, notebooks grew to 20 per cent worldwide. By the second quarter of this year, notebooks were up to 23.2 per cent of the market.

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