Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Battery-powered portable computers had just 2% worldwide market share in 1986.[48] But today, laptops are becoming increasingly popular, both for business and personal use.[49] In 2008 it is estimated that 145.9 million notebooks were sold, and in 2009 the number will grow to 177.7 million.[50] The third quarter of 2008 was the first time when notebook PC shipments exceeded desktops, with 38.6 million units versus 38.5 million units.[49][51][52][53]

For Microsoft Windows systems, the average selling price (ASP) showed a decline in 2008/2009, possibly due to low-cost netbooks, drawing 689 US$ at U.S. retail in August 2008. In 2009, ASP had further fallen to 602 US$ by January and to 560 US$ in February. While Windows machines fell 129 US$ in these seven months, Mac laptop ASP declined just 12 US$ from 1524 US$ to 1512 US$.[54]

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