The market continues to shift to portable computers – a trend that started more then two years ago, and which is expected to "continue unabated", according to Christopher Riley, MD of The Notebook Company.
"Even though our sales have been muted during the last 12 months due to the hard-biting recession, desktops are losing ground to laptops around the world."
But, if August figures at The Notebook Company are anything to go by, the local laptop market might be starting to show some signs of improving, with Riley reporting that August sales were 30% up from the preceding six months.
Meanwhile IDC reports (in its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report) that worldwide sales of personal computers fell 2,4% in the second quarter and declined by 19,1% in value.
Traditional notebooks recorded 13% growth although shipment value reduced by 6%.
The mini-notebook, or netbook, share of consumer portables rose to 26% from only 5% a year ago, IDC reported.
Local computer distributor Tarsus Technologies says the sale of notebooks have now reached 50% of total units sold by the company compared to 43% a year ago. It adds that desktop sales were down by approximately 31% during 2009 compared to 2008, while notebooks were down around 12% year-on year.