Laptops vs. Desktops: Who Cares, It's All Evolution
from the gamers-and-grandmas dept
Despite the occasional instance of spontaneous combustion, it looks like laptop sales are up 35% this year, while desktop sales are down 5%. Part of the spike can be attributed to higher quality laptop builds and lower prices, but laptop makers are also increasingly targeting people's vanity, as laptops become as much fashion accessory as productivity tool. Increased 3G deployment and the push to integrate 3G networking gear is also making laptops more attractive as true mobility gets easier, making an already flexible platform that much more useful. The traditional power & performance gap between the platforms continues to shrink, and laptops now have plenty of power for most applications. Hardware vendors are thrilled with the shift, since a consumer replaces a laptop on average every three years, compared to every five for a PC. Analysts note the change has left PC vendors catering to "grandmas and gamers", as the middle-ground PC user migrates to a more flexible platform. Of course this will result in a stream of reports claiming the desktop is dead, though a 5% drop in sales hardly qualifies. Getting too caught up in "competing" platforms is pointless, since laptops are simply the next evolutionary step. It's obvious that mainstream customers will move to the smaller, more elegant platform as hardware prices plunge.