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Monday, August 08, 2005

No more laptops?

There was a time when people thought that laptops would replace desktops. Now they are in danger of being replaced. But not with desktops, or, well, somewhat.

The push comes from the lower ranks, so to speak. From PDAs, smartphones or other handhelds, such as Blackberry.

They are easier to carry, they frequently come with a phone, and the tear and wear is lower as well. Costs come down, and this is still an important factor in today's economy. "Corporate laptops generally run about US$1,000 to US$1,500, that's higher than a desktop (US$700) or a handheld (US$300 to US$500), particularly if the carrier subsidizes the handheld. Support and management costs can be less for laptops, but the notebooks get beat up a lot." "Because of the wear and tear laptops go through, the replacement cycle for notebooks can run about two years, more frequent than the three- to four-year replacement cycle of desktops."

And, at least, my shoulder doesn't hurt that much when I carry a handheld. It looks cool as well, to run a presentation with a handheld. Still, their screens are still too small to make working on them too comfortable, and I prefer to move around with laptop, sometimes sitting here and sometimes sitting there. So for me, it is still desktop, laptop and handheld - all have their respective places in my private and professional life.

(By Asia Business Consulting)