Good things come to those who wait, says the proverb. Right now, this is very appropriate if you're in the market for a new notebook. Unless you're in a hurry, you may want to keep your wallet in your pocket -- there are new technologies around the corner you won't want to miss.
While for a few years, the pace of innovation seemed to be slowing down, the year 2008 may be different. Conversations with several experts on industry trends, and a deep dive into the conventional wisdom of published reports, have yielded some interesting prognostications:
- Big notebooks are getting bigger
- Notebook displays are going Hollywood
- Small notebooks will continue to shrink
- Wireless use will continue to expand
- It's getting easier to be green
- Storage is going solid-state
- More notebooks may mean less Windows
This spurt of technological creativity may be due, at least in part, to the increasing popularity of notebooks. Experts expect that desktop PCs will still outsell laptops in 2008 -- but by less than they did in 2007. Laptop sales are growing 19 percent a year, says the analyst firm Gartner, Inc., and 2010 will actually be the tipping point when notebooks finally outsell desktops. Corporations and emerging economies are still buying desktops, says Gartner Research vice president Leslie Fiering, a mobile computing specialist, "but for consumers we're seeing the crossover."
So what kind of technology shifts can you expect for next year's notebooks?Laptop, Notebook, Technology
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