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The second quarter PC shipment data from IDC has arrived, and it makes for some interesting reading. First off, sales are up everywhere; nobody appears to be losing volume, though market share is shifting. The largest upset has to be Asus, whose astonishing 83.6% growth over last year’s quarter puts it within a hair's width overtaking Toshiba as the fifth largest shipper of PCs on earth.
What else is going on in there? Apple shows healthy growth, but its volume is still peanuts compared with everybody else, and its share is highly concentrated in the US. I wouldn’t be surprised if Asus starts creeping up on them as the brand catches on a bit here.
The gigantic growth suggests that people are pulling out their checkbooks again after a couple of thriftyness. PCs more affordable (especially Asus PCs) and you’ve got to upgrade eventualy. Growth isn’t always sustained, though, and this could be a blip, especially considering the worldwide economy issues.
Fortune cookie say, may you live in interesting times. All the big PC vendors sure are doing just that.
A laptop is a personal computer created for mobile use and light and small enough to sit on a person's lap while in use. A laptop integrates most of the typical components of a desktop computer, including a display, a keyboard, a pointing device (a touchpad, also known as a trackpad, and/or a pointing stick), speakers, and often including a battery, into a single light and small unit. The rechargeable battery (if present) is charged from an AC adapter and generally stores enough energy to run the laptop for three to five hours in its initial state, depending on the configuration and power use of the computer.
Laptops are usually notebook-shaped with thicknesses between 0.7--1.5 inches (18--38 mm) and dimensions ranging from 10x8 inches (27x22cm, 13" display) to 15x11 inches (39x28cm, 17" display) and up. Modern laptops weigh 3 to 12 pounds (1.4 to 5.4 kg); older laptops were often heavier. Most laptops are designed in the flip form factor to protect the screen and the keyboard when closed. Modern tablet laptops have a complex joint between the keyboard housing and the display, permitting the display panel to swivel and then lie flat on the keyboard housing.
Laptops were originally considered to be a small niche market and were thought suitable mostly for specialized field applications such as the military, the Internal Revenue Service, accountants and sales representatives. But now, laptops are becoming more popular for students and for and general uses.