The 3rd Quarter (July-September) of 2008 has been a historical break-through moment for worldwide laptops (a.k.a. notebooks) shipment to outnumber desktops for the first time ever.
During that quarter, global laptop PC shipments rose almost 40 percent compared to the same period of 2007 to reach 38.6 million units. Conversely, global desktop PC shipments declined by 1.3 percent for the same period to 38.5 million units.
This shows that more and more people are opting for laptop than desktop when they buy new PC. In my humble opinion, the following contributes positively for such purchasing decision:
- Nowadays, the graphics display of laptop is not losing to desktop monitor.
- The multimedia function of laptop also competitive to desktop. In fact, certain laptop even has built-in webcam camera, microphone, etc.
- The network function of laptop is also superb. Most laptop nowadays has built-in LAN interface, dial-up modem, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, infra red connection, etc. However, most desktop doesn't have all of these built-in as standard package.
- The laptop CPU processing power also in par with desktop CPU, besides being able to work with lower voltage and discipate less heat.
- The laptop harddisk also more robust for mobile usage.
- Most importantly, the gap between selling price of laptop and desktop has greatly narrowed down, although generally laptop is still more expensive than desktop.
What do you think? Will you select a laptop or desktop for your next PC purchase?