Notebooks continue ascendency

Notebooks continue ascendency

IDC reports multimedia PCs will help to slow the decline of desktops in the next 12 months

The trend for increased notebook sales at the expense of desktop sales will continue at least for the year ahead, according to new figures from market analysts, IDC.

PC hardware analyst, Felipe Rego, said the mobile PC market grew an astonishing 20.7 per cent year-on-year from Q4, 2005 to Q4, 2006, or from 318,116 to 383,808 units. During the same period, desktop sales shrunk almost 10 per cent, from 574,952 units in 2005 to 519,797 in Q4, 2006.

Rego said IDC forecasted notebooks would grow an additional 11 per cent year-on-year to Q4, 2007. He also anticipated a further 5 per cent drop in desktop take-up over the same period.

"The trends appear to be slowing this year, but portables will still continue to climb and desktops will continue to fall," he said. "Multimedia desktops are what will help slow the overall fall of desktops."

The biggest notebook market driver at the present time is the consumer space. Between Q4 2004 and Q4 2005, for example, IDC figures found commercial notebooks grew 12 per cent, versus a whopping 85 per cent on the consumer side. While this had slowed to 7 and 16 per cent growth, respectively, between Q4 2005 and Q4 2006, it's clear that consumer sales were still the dominant force, Rego said.

An increasing number of consumers were making the decision to replace desktop PCs with notebooks, he said.

"The consumer side of the portable market keeps getting more and more interesting," he said. "There's still actually room for growth in it, too."

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