Laptops now account for nearly half of all PC sales, with more than 60 percent of consumers choosing laptops over desktop when buying a new home computer.
According to market researcher Korea IDC on Wednesday, of the 652,596 home computers produced in the third quarter, laptops accounted for 60.6 percent, up 7.9 points from a year earlier. The proportion of laptops among home computers has been rising since it first topped 50 percent with 51.7 percent in the first quarter of last year.
Laptops currently make up 48.1 percent of total PC sales, up from last year's upper 30-percent level. The surge is attributable to increased sales of so-called netbooks, which perform basic computing tasks but are smaller and cheaper than traditional laptops.