For people that just want a notebook as a desktop replacement that will sit on your desk, a 17″ screen model is a good choice and the largest currently available on the market. But now reports from Taiwan indicate manufacturers such as Dell have 19″ screen notebooks waiting in the wings for release next year. Can you say “back breaker”?
According to a report from DigiTimes.com, manufacturers in Taiwan have been receiving a lot more orders for widescreen notebooks and, yes, a 19″ widescreen notebook.
“Compal Electronics recently received an order for a Dell 14.1-inch widescreen notebook for 2006, which will have shipments of about 300,000 units per month, the sources said. Compal also received an order for Dell’s first-ever 19-inch widescreen model, which will be launched in 2006, the sources added.”
The article also indicates that the current 30-40% market share that widescreen notebooks have will swing all the way to 80-90% market share in 2006 — meaning a widescreen will become the standard screen size. Even IBM will get in on the widescreen action, IBM will reportedly do this next year with its R and G series of ThinkPad notebooks:
“IBM, which currently has no widescreen notebooks, will add 15.4-inch widescreen models to its ThinkPad R and G series next year, the makers added.”
We’ll also see more widescreen notebooks from Apple, HP, Asus and Dell.