Those numbers have now been backed by other industry analysts such as iSuppli, who show that worldwide notebook sales had a significant gain in the third quarter of 2008, putting them above desktops. Notebooks saw a 40% increase over a year prior, with total shipments for notebooks exceeding desktops by around 100,000 units, sitting at 38.6 million sold. They do specify those figures are for shipments, not actual retail sales, but the pattern is clear: today more people want laptops than want desktops.
What was further interesting was the data showing that demand for computer hardware has not decreased despite of the current economic climate. Q3 was stronger than anticipated for PC sales.