Despite technological advances that are making notebooks perform as fast as desktop PCs, they are no longer seen as a threat to the dominance of the desktop. Only 15 per cent of the 200 UK IT professionals surveyed by research firm Banner recently believe notebook computers will replace desktop PCs in the office.
Last year the figure was 43 per cent - 31 per cent of those said they had seen evidence of this change already taking place in their companies. "The UK market has matured and the desktop/notebook rivalry that existed last year has gone," said Graham Hopper, UK and Ireland general manager for AST, which commissioned the research. "Despite the market demand for the latest technology to be incoporated into notebooks, desktops still have a clear role to play."
This year?s survey found that 64 per cent of those who do believe notebooks will overthrow desktops have seen this already happening in their organisations.
Alistair Harvey, product manager at notebook manufacturer Toshiba, believes that organisations will begin to prefer buying portables over desktops for the mobility factor but admitted: "There will always be a premium to pay for buying notebooks." Currently the price difference stands at #1,500. Users have to pay for the expense of shrinking desktop PC functionality into notebooks.
The survey results next year may change again as vendors continue to develop technology that brings notebook performance into line with that of their desktop cousins. This week Toshiba?s CD-Rom division announced a CD-Rom drive that offers an average of 10x rotational speed, the same as a desktop PC drive. Tohsiba is expected to demonstrate a notebook using this technology at Comdex next month.
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