Quanta Sees Rise In Global Laptop Demand. Who? - HotHardware
Quanta Sees Rise In Global Laptop Demand. Who?

Quanta Sees Rise In Global Laptop Demand. Who?

Never heard of Quanta Computer? Can't blame you. They don't put their own nameplate on the laptop computers they build in Taiwan. They manufacture units for most all major computer vendors, so if you've got a Dell or an HP in your lap, for instance, the chances are pretty good that Quanta made it, or one just like it. They even make the One Laptop Per Child Foundation's laptop. Since they serve so many masters, their sales outlook is useful in gauging worldwide demand for laptops in general.

The company has factored in the shaky global economy to its 2008 laptop shipment forecast, Leung said. "It looks like there will be some impact on the notebook market in the U.S., but Europe and other areas are okay," he said.

Quanta's laptop PC shipments in the first three months of this year reached 8 million, down substantially from a record high of 9.4 million in the fourth quarter of last year. The company forecast that laptop shipments will grow 10 percent quarter-on-quarter in the second quarter.

Quanta shipped 32 million laptops last year, and had originally projected sales of 36 million for this year. They now expect to substantially outperform that target, and anticipate sales of 40 million units.
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With basic Econ 101 concepts supply is going up in order to balance higher demand for laptops when consumers are deciding what kind of computer to purchase. Does anyone know the trend for desktops or workstations? That is, is there a greater or lesser demand for desktops for the coming year(s)? Given much of the tech hardware news most of the major breakthroughs apply to desktop parts.

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Of course laptop shipments for these first 3 months are down substantially from last year's record high. Everyone is talking about the recession.

 

twricerocket118:
With basic Econ 101 concepts supply is going up in order to balance higher demand for laptops when consumers are deciding what kind of computer to purchase. Does anyone know the trend for desktops or workstations? That is, is there a greater or lesser demand for desktops for the coming year(s)? Given much of the tech hardware news most of the major breakthroughs apply to desktop parts.
 

Basic Econ also tells us that laptops and desktops are considered substitute products. I don't have any data to back my statements up so this is purely speculation/guesses on my part. I am not too interested in looking for data. I already have a research paper to write on trade back during the European Industrial Revolution which I haven't started yet. Anyways, I wouldn't be surprised in the demand for desktops is decreasing; whether you want to say in general or for certain market segments. Just look around you. When I hear of people buying a computer as a high school graduation gift, I hear laptops, not a desktop. My dad changed jobs a few times, but all the companies he worked for, they gave him a laptop to use. I'm sure he uses a desktop at work, but businesses rarely upgrade. They will of course buy more if they need to expand. But with the recession, it is likely that there won't be much expansion during this time.

From the sites I read to keep up with hardware, most tech hardware news of major breakthroughs apply to desktop parts. This statement is true but not helpful because I am really only interested in desktops, performance, and gaming. You must also keep in mind what breakthroughs these are and what consumer base they are targeting. Most consumers aren't affected (nor care) about these new improvements (like dual-chip video cards, a new Raptor hard drive, quad core CPUs, etc.). We are a niche market.

Also, it isn't like there are and will be breakthroughs in the laptop market. Also, stuff from the desktop market can be transferred to the laptop. Like a new CPU architecture and features for saving power. Solid State Drives will be a nice addition to laptops once they come way down in price. Intel's Atom core was interesting. VIA came out with a CPU a while back that seems pretty powerful. Intel's upcoming Larrabee will definitely be interesting.

I kind of stated this, but I think the reason is that the mass market wants laptops and don't require much from them. So there isn't a real need for companies to spend a lot of funds for reasearch and developement to try and make the laptop a computing powerhouse. 

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You have to keep in mind that comparing the first three months of this year to the last three months of last year, you are forgetting Christmas sales. Sales overall are projected by the company to rise 25% over last year.

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