Laptop users in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019, by age group

Laptop penetration rates are above 50 percent across each of the main age groups, and highest among those aged 16-24 years. The difference in penetration rate is however quite small across the four younger demographics, reflecting the appeal of laptops for students and professionals alike.

Increasing penetration rate

Laptop computing has come a long way in the past decade, with increased power, battery life, portability and display quality all enhancing the attractiveness of a portable computer over a desktop computer. The penetration rate of the laptop in the United Kingdom reflects this, increasing from 47 percent in 2009, to 63 percent in 2018.

Laptop sales

According to the most recently available figures from the United Kingdom (UK) Office for National Statistics (ONS), the sales value of laptops, notebooks and palm-top organizers reached 58.79 billion British pounds in 2017. In that same year, 46 percent of respondents to a Statista survey reported buying a laptop every 3-5 years.

Worldwide, total laptop sales are expected to reach 171 million units in 2023, up from 166 million units in 2019. Desktop sales are expected to contract, from 88.4 million units in 2019, to 79.5 million units by 2023.

Penetration rate of laptops in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019, by age group*

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Release date

April 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2019 to February 2019

Number of respondents

1,616 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

During the survey, this question was posed as follows: "Does your household have a PC, laptop, netbook or tablet computer?" *including MacBooks

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