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October 2003

Laptops Winning Budget Battle

Portable PCs shove clunky computers over the desktop edge
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By Teresa von Fuchs




Laptops outsold desktops in May 2003 for the first time, according to published results from NPD Group’s point-of-sale tracking service. Notebook sales accounted for more than 54 percent of the nearly $500 million spent on personal computers that month, even though the actual number of notebook units sold was lower than desktops.

Per unit laptop sales were up 33 percent from April and 58 percent from May 2002, according to NPD. Prices for notebooks also fell to an all-time low, averaging under $1,300. This still makes them twice as expensive as their desk-bound brethren, which average $750 per unit.

Strategy Analytics, an international research and consulting firm, asserts that this migration from desktop PCs to notebooks will accelerate over the next five years, citing the developing ease of wireless connectivity with WLAN as a key driver. The current number of notebooks with embedded WLAN technology is only 24 percent, but that number will grow to 90 percent by 2008, according to Strategy Analytics.
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