Over the next four years, laptop sales are expected to go up by almost 50%. Desktop sales will continue on the decline, and we'll see tablets taking an increased share in the market as well. Ten years ago every household would have a desktop computer and everyone would share their time on it. Then, as computers gained popularity, you'd start to see multiple desktops per household. Desktop PCs have a downfall though - they take up a considerable amount of room, and space is starting to become more of a premium with all of our other gadgets these days. This is why laptop sales have seen such a huge growth - now every member of the family can have a PC that requires no more space than a large encyclopedia book would occupy.
Where laptops used to fall behind desktop PCs, they're now starting to catch up considerably. It's not hard to find a laptop with a nearly identical processor to it's desktop counterpart, notebook hard drives are also growing in capacity with every year that goes by. With some innovate new graphics technology you can run a low power graphics processor for day-to-day tasks, and keep a high power 3D processor in reserve for light gaming - something else that was never thought of on a laptop.
Samsung's netbook and notebook line has grown considerably in the last year alone. Their N210 netbook crossed through my hands in early 2010 and displayed itself as a strong contender in the higher end netbook market. Although I don't look at notebooks very often here, the NP-QX412 performance notebook from Samsung will be on my bench today.