Gartner Says Declining Global PC Shipments for Q4 2012 Signals Significant Market Shift
January 14, 2013 9:41 AM
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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
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.
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RE: PCs are good enough
1/14/2013 4:18:10 PM
True, the days of PC's being "obsolete" in 18 months are over. That Core2 or Athlon64 from 5 years ago (five!) is still plenty adequate today for 95% of consumers out there. Aside from the slowdowns associated with Windows OS rot, the hardware is capable enough for everyone but the hardcore l33t gamers.
RE: PCs are good enough
1/15/2013 10:02:52 AM
I have 5 year old PC. Slap in a newer GPU and an SSD. It will murder practically all PC games in existence (except perhaps for Planetside 2 which is CPU bound even on quad cores from that period).
If a modern PC game can run flawlessly on an ancient CPU, the need to purchase a new PC is eliminated for anyone with half a brain (barring technical disaster or non-gaming requirements). PC makers can thank consoles for forcing games to remain stagnant on CPU requirements. In fact, we can thank Microsoft for releasing the Xbox 360 - it looks like their pitifully low profit hardware division is assisting in the demise of regular PC refreshes (and new Windows licenses).
The gaming standard is important. If you don't need a new CPU and Motherboard for games, you definitely won't need them for browsing, word processing and other office tasks.
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