Analysts: PC Sales to Drop 12%, Desktop Demand To Fall 32%, Laptop Demand To Rise 9%

Analysts at Gartner are expecting PC shipments to drop 12%, to 257m computers. I’m surprised that number doesn’t go to half that considering, generally speaking, PCs are fast enough these days that we can all wait a year to buy a new one. Gartner also believes that desktop sales will drop 32% and laptop demand will rise 9%, on account of those spiffy netbooks everyone is carrying around in their giant custom attached pants pockets. [NYT]