Laptops Set to Outsell Desktops

Analysts IDC have said that by 2011 laptops will outsell desktop computers as portable machines become quicker and more efficient. The report predicts that laptop sales will grow 16.1% year-on-year until 2011, compared to 3.8% for desktop PCs. There will also be a short burst in desktop sales this year, due to the release of Vista, it predicts.

More than 82 million portable computers and nearly 140 million desktop PCs were shipped around the world in 2006, according to the report. The gradual shift away from fixed machines may reflect the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce and the ubiquity of wireless networks.

What do you think? Personally, I'd love to own my own laptop. Walking around John Lewis today I definitely found a soft spot for Sony's 13 and 11 inch models.

News source: BBC News

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for the general non-power user there is little reason not to have a laptop. you can buy quite powerful laptops at decent enough prices these days but there is limited scope for upgrading which is the pain.

if i ever bought a laptop i'd want a small one for easy portability and lightness. i suspect i'll stick with desktops for now and if i need a smaller one i'd look at the likes of a shuttle. problem for me is i play games

TC17 said,
All I can say is after reading the posts here, there are a lot of fools.

I'll second that emotion.
PC Gamers, the server segment and a few other computer sub-cultures are sill heavy into the Desktop box, but everyone else is inexorably moving to laptops, UMPCs, smartphones and hand-helds.

Laptops will ***NEVER*** outsell desktops, unless they make them cheaper, and cheaply upgradeable like a desktop is. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

And yes, I own a laptop, and a desktop. I would never give up my desktop.

Desktops have so many more huge advantages over a laptop, that its pathetic. Even much larger screens that you will NEVER see on a laptop. (and no, adding a monitor to a laptop does not count)

That which does not leave a desk is a desktop. It's just a mater of price after that, and portables will never compete.

I believe it. I've already given up on desktops. Only gamers, or any pro that needs the absolute fastest needs a desktop. Laptops can do pretty much anything a desktop can do now a days.

I think this is going to be overall a good thing. For anybody who is a light/moderate gamer and below, a decent laptop can do essentially everything they need. Even if they need some extra functionality just get an external module or whatever and they're set. I say it's a good thing since with laptops being in more demand, companies might start trying to make there stuff more efficient. Most notably the GPU makers.

Obviously, the high end sectors will still demand powerful desktops for hardcore gaming and high-end computing tasks. I figure even that will eventually get taken over since laptops are catching up pretty well with desktops. It's not there yet, but laptop technology has gotten a lot more concurrent with desktops in the past few years in my opinion. Technology moves so fast that eventually I'm pretty sure laptops will be equal to desktops.

I play more games on my 17" HP laptop than I do my two desktop systems. And the graphics card is better than the desktop ones.

My new laptop is faster then most peoples PC, it did come with alot of crap onit. But its not hard to take things off. I dident even need to format it. I just uninstalled some things.

I've been thinking about switching my boss over to a laptop to replace his aging laptop and aging desktop. The biggest problem is finding one that's got raid(mirroed) drives that's less than 2K. After having 3 notebooks and *7* replacement harddrives, its rather critical that he have mirrored drives.

Nope, it's about what you want... It's portability (am I so bored sitting in one place) and it even could save your work if electricity suddenly turns off and something like that.

It has more connection ability, WiFi, BT, IR which normally isn't included in Desktops and bla, bla, bla...

Its about portability for too sure. I bought mine for that reason, taking to university, work etc. But plenty of people buy them because they're fashion symbols just like the iPod imo. For example I know people who bought Macbooks because of this, despite the fact they've never used Mac OS X, and aren't very technically inclined.

laptops are great for space saving, but thats purely it... tis a shame that people dont understand the performance differences...

About what performance differences are you talking?..

Let's say I have Core 2 Duo at about 2+Ghz with 4MB L2 of course Merom, which would mean 667Mhz FSB 2GB memory at 667Mhz and everything else, BT, WiFi and etc. And wait, Santa Rosa is almost here and we will have 800FSB CPUs on laptops and even greater memory. Just think, this is more than you need even if you are going to play games... GF8 is coming to laptops too with DX10 support...

And we already have those things on our desktops. While laptops will get those features, desktops will be moving forward with 1066FSB and faster video cards. A lot of the desktops already come with WiFi and BT is an inexpensive add-on. Laptops have almost always played catch up to desktops and are priced quite a bit higher.

RangerLG said,
And we already have those things on our desktops. While laptops will get those features, desktops will be moving forward with 1066FSB and faster video cards. A lot of the desktops already come with WiFi and BT is an inexpensive add-on. Laptops have almost always played catch up to desktops and are priced quite a bit higher.
The main issue with laptops is that almost any cheap (under £900) come with bad integrated graphics.

digitalsoft said,
laptops are great for space saving, but thats purely it... tis a shame that people dont understand the performance differences...

You are correct. Unfortunetly the laptop lovers here are blinded by their own stupidity.

In Lithuania laptops outsell Desktops already for about 6-12 months, more than 50 per cents of new bought computers are laptops. And I know just a few friends who still have Desktop. I am moving to laptop too, it will be few times faster than my Desktop and it will be portable, which is the best of it's features.

I know I'm moving over to laptop this year. Mainly for portability.
@Nicholas-c, they're not painfully slow if you get a quick one and don't fill it up with junk.

Edit: Agree with above comment, they can't REALLY compete graphics wise, but for light gaming, work and browsing they're more than adequate.

I think that Nicholas's comment was referring to "bang for the buck". Spending the same amount on a laptop you don't get the same power, because you are paying a premium for the form factor.

Although i love using my Laptop, i couldnt do without the power of my desktop.

Even the highest mobile computers cant compete with desktops (mainly graphics wise). Plus, i doubt you could get a 26" laptop, nor could a laptop happily power that large a screen

Sure, the top-end desktops will beat out laptops any day, but the high-end laptops can actually come pretty close. I've powered a (godly) 30" LCD Monitor at 2560x1600 with my MacBook Pro, easily, and use my own 20" LCD at home all the time. I can play the latest games at a decent ( 1024x768 ) resolution, on max settings, so what's the problem?

I honestly can't tell the difference between using a desktop and my laptop when I'm all plugged in at home, and with only 3 plugs too! (USB, Monitor, Power) My laptop is also a heluva lot quieter than my old desktop.

I'm honestly sold on the laptop idea. When by buddy hosted a LAN party, I was the only one who didn't have to worry about transportation, and moving all my stuff, as I could just throw it in the bag, and basically walk there. Now, I take it wherever I go, check my e-mail while grabbing a coffee, wardrive, and enjoy all the luxuries having a laptop offers.

malebolgia said,
Something like this gets said every other year. x)

Except we didn't have external PCIe x16 graphics cards back then, or eSATA, or other fast external interfaces that have made internal ports pretty much obsolete. The only thing desktops have going for them anymore is that they can run more powerful CPUs and SLI cards.

Pic of an external 7900GS:

http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/3485_large_P1060052.JPG

Laptops will definitely become the primary choice for consumers, they're already outselling desktops today. Most people don't play hardcore games or develop graphic-intensive content, they have no need for a big, loud box that eats up 1000w and needs 120mm fans and a slab of metal to cool it.

Desktops won't be going away though, because people still do have a need for powerful development and gaming systems, they'll just become smaller and more modular. Desktops too will use external graphics cards in the future, probably with their own power supplies.

So the difference really will be that laptops will have screens included, while desktops will run monitors and more powerful CPUs.

Actually, some Laptops can hold their own on games. That's one reason I bought one. I'm no longer tied to my Office in my house.

nicholas-c said,
why! laptops get painfully slow and all come with crap that u cant get rid of!

grr people who know nothing annoy me :@


That's why you format them right when you bring it home.

nicholas-c said,
why! laptops get painfully slow and all come with crap that u cant get rid of!

grr people who know nothing annoy me :@


Kettle, meet pot.

Anyone with a desktop probably needs a laptop. Unless you've got a lan strap on you and like looking silly with a 50 pound case on your back.

In most cases laptops will outlast desktops for a long time. So they tend to be well made stuff with junk on the drive. So formating would be your best bet unless the stupid idiots don't send XP with it. (or HP ahem... with 7 disks for XP. 1 XP disc with 6 disks of junk )

PatrynXX said,
Anyone with a desktop probably needs a laptop. Unless you've got a lan strap on you and like looking silly with a 50 pound case on your back.

In most cases laptops will outlast desktops for a long time. So they tend to be well made stuff with junk on the drive. So formating would be your best bet unless the stupid idiots don't send XP with it. (or HP ahem... with 7 disks for XP. 1 XP disc with 6 disks of junk )

how does your "laptops will outlast desktops" theory work? laptops get damaged and worn out VERY fast and desktops all you need really is a new mouse or keyboard now and again