LOS ANGELES — Laptop buyers in this country are going to spend a lot more time at the computer store next month than they did last year.
The latest retail survey of 1,000 people conducted for the National Retail Federation and The Associated Press shows that about 50% of people are planning to buy a laptop, a number that has climbed by about 10% from last year, and the number of people who say they plan to spend $1,000 or more on a laptop this year is up from last month.
That’s about one in five U.S. adults.
About three in 10 of the respondents said they are looking to buy the latest models in the Dell XPS 13 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 13.
The survey of 2,200 people last month was taken Oct. 7-10, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
A large majority of the people surveyed said they would consider buying a new computer or a laptop for work or school, with about half of those saying they plan on doing so at least once this year.
Nearly half of the survey respondents said the main reason they are buying a laptop is to save money.
The overwhelming majority, 59%, said they’d like to save more than $1k this year on a new laptop.
About 13% of the shoppers said they’re looking to save $1-2k.
The vast majority of people surveyed say they will buy a new machine for work only, with only about 6% of them saying they’re planning to do so for work.
The majority of those surveyed also say they’ll buy a different computer in the future.
About 10% of respondents say they’re considering purchasing a different machine for school or for work, and about 10%, who have previously purchased computers, plan to do the same.
Among the laptop buyers, about one-third say they would buy a machine to use for entertainment, and almost one-fifth say they are interested in learning to program.
The survey was conducted from Oct. 9-14, and it has a margins of error in the 5% to 5.5% range.