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The laptop lapped it up in the lockdown, but the party may not last long

Following the big shift to working from home and remote classes for students, demand for laptops has surged. However, with the dark clouds of a recession looming, companies may put spending on hardware on hold, and for individual consumers, the weak economic sentiment could be a dampener.
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Jochelle Mendonca
29 May 2020 6 Mins Read 1 comments
An employee working from home as it has become necessary during the pandemic. Getty Images
An employee working from home as it has become necessary during the pandemic.
The lockdown in India, now in its fourth iteration, began with a quest for laptops. It was all well and good for companies to announce a shift to working from home, but how were employees to do so without devices? Desktops are still a major part of corporate life in the country. Most workdays begin when a desktop
hours on your phone. You can’t do all your work on the phone. If you have two children at school, you may need more than one computer. Laptops could become like fridges — so essential that you don’t even think about why you need one,” says a marketing head at a computer vendor. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
The lockdown in India, now in its fourth iteration, began with a quest for laptops. It was all well and good for companies to announce a shift to working from home, but how were employees to do so without devices? Desktops are still a major part of corporate life in the country. Most workdays begin when a desktop hours on your phone. You can’t do all your work on the phone. If you have two children at school, you may need more than one computer. Laptops could become like fridges — so essential that you don’t even think about why you need one,” says a marketing head at a computer vendor. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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