73.3% of PCs sold in 2004 were desktops, 24% - laptops

Mobile PC continue to be the fastest growing PC segment in 2004, posting more than twice the growth of desktop computers. The market share of notebooks increased to a new record of 24% in 2004, according to iSuppli.

Mobile PC continue to be the fastest growing PC segment in 2004, posting more than twice the growth of desktop computers. The market share of notebooks increased to a new record of 24% in 2004, according to iSuppli.

Total notebook shipments were 45.9 mln units, up 22.1% from 37.6 mln in 2003. Desktop PCs also posted solid growth from 126.8 mln to 140.2 mln, but growth was at 10.6% only half as strong as the mobile segment's result. The third major PC form factor, the entry-level server, grew 19% from 4.5 mln to 5.3 mln shipped devices. Notebooks reached a new record level market share of 24.0%, while the desktop's share decreased to 73.3% of shipments between the three major form factors. iSuppli analysts believe that the trend of laptop shipments rising at a faster rate than desktops or entry-level servers will continue over the next few years.

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