According to IDC this year will be the tipping point between the desktop and notebook market, with portables coming out on top.
Experiencing 23.6 percent year on year growth from 2005 to 2006, 72,960 laptop units were shipped in the first quarter of 2007.
This made Q1 2007 the second-ever quarter where laptops outperformed desktops, the first was in Q2 2006.
Liam Gunson, senior analyst at research firm IDC, says the reason behind the current growth has been a strong consumer drive, claiming roughly 46 percent of the market.
“The consumer space in New Zealand is very strong and IDC believes 2007 will mark the year laptops outsell desktops.”
Gunson says the next quarter could be dominated by the commercial market due to the end of the financial year, meaning the quarter could swing in favour of desktops.
“The next quarter could prove to end in desktops’ favour, driven by a commercial market. We still maintain that, overall, this year will act as a turning point.”
HP currently holds the number one spot in both the laptops and desktops markets, with a share of 43.7 percent and 31.2 percent respectively.
It also continues to hold the top spot in overall rankings with a 37.6 percent share of the market.
The next four slots are held by Dell, Acer, Toshiba, and Lenovo in that order.
Then and now..
The graphs above show the market share held by PC vendors in 1997 (left) and 2006. In 1997 five manufacturers had nearly 50 percent of the market, while in 2006 the top five vendors account for more than 72 percent of all sales. Source: IDC