Worldwide Shipments of Notebooks Top Desktops for First Time


Reuters carried a news story earlier this week about the market research firm iSuppli's finding that there were more notebook computers shipped across the world than desktop systems for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2008. The story said that "shipments of notebook PCs surged nearly 40 percent to 38.6 million units, while desktop shipments fell 1.3 percent to 38.5 million."

The total of notebooks shipped was 40% higher than in the third quarter of 2007.

iSuppli says that with a market share of 18.8 percent, Hewlett-Packard led all PC vendors during the third quarter of 2008. HP shipped 14.9 million units. Dell was second, shipping just under 11 million units, followed by Acer with 9.8 million units. Lenovo took fourth spot with a market share of 7.5 percent, while Toshiba ranked fifth with 4.6 percent of the market. Apple was ranked seventh with a third-quarter market share of 3.2 percent.

As a point of reference, notebooks outsold desktops for the first time in the United States in early 2005 and in Western Europe in late 2006.


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