News Laptop Demand Plummeted in February

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My guess is that demand for laptops will be increasing due to companies asking their workers to stay at home and work remotely. Two of my lawyer kids are now working from their homes. My one daughter was going to order a new laptop, but I gave her my 17" gaming laptop to use until this blows over.

Demand for webcams is also apparently very high as inventory is sold out at many retailers.
 
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This article really describes the production levels as it affects the major brands. Demand is actually through the roof and has been increasing since February according to my Reps at Dell, CDW, Insight, and Lenovo among others. Most current gen business laptops (Win10 Pro) priced between $500-$1000 are completely sold out and have substantial wait times from the manufacturers. Its possible consumer aimed (win10 home) laptops are a different story.
 
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My guess is that demand for laptops will be increasing due to companies asking their workers to stay at home and work remotely.
I doubt it. The demand is already baked in. In most workplace, you'd get a laptop unless you specifically need a desktop.
 

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My guess is that demand for laptops will be increasing due to companies asking their workers to stay at home and work remotely.
Yeah, though the article clearly focuses on supply-side issues. It doesn't matter how high demand is, if manufacturers are unable to fulfill the orders.

BTW, my team just hauled our desktops home from the office, due to VPN congestion.
 

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In most workplace, you'd get a laptop unless you specifically need a desktop.
I insisted on a desktop, and my recent experience of using even a H-series Skylake i7 laptop (which they initially gave me to take home) confirms that as a wise choice.

Part of the blame lies with my employer's IT department, which has so much crud running in the background that the fan is always audible and the battery life is horrible. And this is one of those laptops that weighs a ton, even though the screen is only like 15.8" and it has a NVMe SSD.
 

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