Another sign of the times
As small laptop sales increase, their popularity is redefining the nature of the computing experience, taking it off the desk and making it an integral part of peoples’ lives, wherever they are. With the Internet playing an essential role, the devices are well-suited to an increasingly-connected mobile population, in many cases supplementing rather than replacing one’s computing power.
Which is why Bob O’Donnell, an IDC vice president, says that it is time to redefine the success of the consumer PC market. “The right way to gauge the success of consumer PCs is no longer the adoption rate of households with PCs, or even the number of PCs per household, but rather the number of machines per individual,” he said.