Thursday, March 30, 2006

Report: Desktops In Decline, But Laptops Thrive

There's good news and bad news in the systems market. While PC sales are projected to taper off this year, solution providers will be negatively affected only if they sell primarily desktops.

Increased demand for notebooks will continue to outpace the decline in desktops, according to the most recent forecast from Gartner, which predicts that overall PC sales will grow only 10.7 percent this year compared with 15.7 percent in 2005.

Worldwide unit sales of notebooks will grow 22.1 percent in mature markets and 38.7 percent in emerging regions, Gartner says. "Thanks to pricing and innovation in form factor and battery life, mobile PCs are appealing to a wider range of users," says George Shiffler, a Gartner research director. Indeed, solution providers say the demand for notebooks is clearly stronger than it is for desktops.

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