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Tablets are taking over

According to research firm Gartner, global computer shipments totaled 90.3 million units in Q4 2012. That number represents a 4.9% decline compared to Q4 2011. Just last week, research firm IDC reported a decline of 6.4% from Q4 2012 compared to Q4 2011.
Analysts at Gartner believe that the problems with the PC industry go beyond a sagging global economy alone.

“Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

“This transformation was triggered by the availability of compelling low-cost tablets in 2012, and will continue until the installed base of PCs declines to accommodate tablets as the primary consumption device,” Kitagawa continued. “On the positive side for vendors, the disenfranchised PCs are those with lighter configurations, which mean that we should see an increase in PC average selling prices (ASPs) as users replace machines used for richer applications, rather than for consumption.”

Gartner reports that consumers no longer view computers as the number one gift item during the holiday season. The analytics firm also reports that the launch of Windows 8 did not have a significant effect on computer shipments for Q4.

Gartner ranks HP as the top computer maker in the industry with 16.2% of the market. Lenovo has the second place spot with 15.5% of the market and Dell has third place with 10.2% of the market. Rounding out the top five are Acer with 9.5% of the market and Asus with 7.2%.
The only two companies that actually grew in Q4 2012 compared to Q4 2011 were Lenovo with 8.2% growth and ASUS with 6.4% growth. 

Source: Gartner

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RE: PCs are good enough
By TakinYourPoints on 1/14/2013 1:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much. I used to gut my PCs every 18-24 months, but with my i7 rig I'm going on three years and four months with the same mobo and CPU. The real upgrade I've made was to my video card (SLI GTX 460 to a GTX 680), and that's only because I got tired of running SLI to drive my 2560x1440 monitor. If I was on a normal display like most people I'd have stuck with a single card this whole time.

I think I'll upgrade to Haswell later this year because its just too weird keeping hardware for this long (I know this is an irrational excuse), but I'm not under massive pressure to upgrade like I have been in the past.

RE: PCs are good enough
By TakinYourPoints on 1/14/2013 6:27:08 PM , Rating: 2
The thing though is that if wasn't a gamer I would really have no reason to upgrade. Gaming at 2560x1440 puts me at a niche of a niche since it demands more horsepower than even most gamers need. Triple monitor gaming is probably the most demanding thing right now, and that market is so small that even game support is inconsistent.

It isn't anything like the old days where an annual upgrade to make Quake 2 run smoother made sense, hardware was catching up with software in a big way.

Things on both the hardware and software side have reached a point of "good enough" for a while now. You don't need amazing hardware for what most people use computers for, which happen to be tasks that tablets and smartphones do very well.

RE: PCs are good enough
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/14/13, Rating: -1
RE: PCs are good enough
By TakinYourPoints on 1/14/2013 9:11:02 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, more stalking posts this from creepers like from you, not gross at all!

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