Notebooks Sales Top Desktop PCs

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Third quarter notebook shipments increased nearly 40 percent over the same period in 2007, while desktop PC shipments slipped 1.3 percent.

Today’s notebooks are sleek, stylish and eminently portable. They allow your small business to take the company on the road in the space of a carry-on bag. Now, for the first time ever, notebook (laptop) sales have surpassed desktop sales, according to research firm iSuppli.

In the third quarter of 2008, notebook PC shipments rose almost 40 percent compared with the same period of 2007 to reach 38.6 million units. Conversely, desktop PC shipments declined by 1.3 percent for the same period to 38.5 million units.

"Momentum has been building in the notebook market for some time, so it’s not a complete surprise that shipments have surpassed those of desktops," said iSuppli principal analyst for compute platforms Matthew Wilkins. "However, this marks a major event in the PC market because it marks the start of the age of the notebook."

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