According to Gartner, approximately 16.4 percent of the 302 million computers sold in 2014 were laptops, which means approximately 49.5 million laptops were sold in that year. Fewer computers sold in 2014 than in 2011, when consumers, businesses and other entities purchased 355.2 million computers in total.
According to the same study, computer sales across all time exceeds 4 billion computers in total, and sales in 2014 still beat sales in 2000, when computer sales were at approximately 134.7 million. Part of the reason why fewer computers sold in 2014 compared to 2011 is due to the burgeoning popularity of tablets, which offer better portability. However, the lack of a keyboard may cause some people to stick with standard desktops and laptops.