PC Industry Sales Dropped Nearly 14 Percent in Q1 2013
April 11, 2013 10:13 AM
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IDC blames smartphones and tablets for sharp PC decline
Research firm IDC has posted the numbers for worldwide PC shipments in Q1 of 2013, and they show the steepest decline ever in a single quarter since the company has been monitoring the industry. Global PC shipments during Q1 of 2013 totaled 76.3 million units. That number represents a decline of 13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2011.
The posted decline in Q1 of 2013 was nearly twice the expected decline of 7.7% according to IDC. IDC also notes that the poor showing in Q1 marks the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year shipment declines for the industry. Computer shipments in the U.S. declined by 12.7% year-over-year and declined 18.3% compared to Q4 2012.
IDC says that despite mild improvement in economic environment around the world and some new PC models with
Windows 8 shipments were down significantly
across all regions compared to the same quarter of 2012.
Declining mini notebook shipments took a big chunk out of the low-end market with tablets and smartphones also contributing to divert significant spending from the computer industry. IDC also reports that
weak reception for Windows 8
has hurt the industry and computer makers continue to struggle to differentiate themselves from others on the market.
"At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market," said Bob O'Donnell, IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays. "While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market."
HP is still the top computer vendor but its worldwide shipments fell more than 23% year-over-year. Lenovo remained in second place and came close to closing the gap between it and HP. Lenovo posted double-digit, year-over-year growth in the U.S.
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4/11/2013 12:12:20 PM
how can everyone on DT say "sheeps buy apple no matter what" saying the masses just buy buy buy.
then turn around...and say "win8 made people open their minds" and not buy.
really? win8 hasn't slowed anything down, the need for new laptops/desktops is declining.
Everytime a quake game came out, back in the days, you had to upgrade. you HAD to. its not the same way anymore, performance is for the most part above needs of the average consumer. so why keep replacing your lap/desktop?
So, until crysis 34978 computer specs or w/e the fk is the norm in EVERY SINGLE RELEASE and YouTube and GMail all of a sudden need quad cores, we have reached the point that just upgrading every 2 years is no longer necessary.
Throw in tablets ultra portability, and thats what has slowed and reversed growth. Not Win8.
Metro would need naked women every 5 minutes to revive the laptop boom.
RE: such hypocrasy
4/11/2013 7:52:12 PM
"Everytime a quake game came out, back in the days, you had to upgrade. you HAD to. its not the same way anymore, performance is for the most part above needs of the average consumer. so why keep replacing your lap/desktop?"
Yup... That was me to a T. I cant even imagine how much cash I spent on upgrades year after year for the past 15 years... But even people like me stopped. I have a 2 year old Sandy Bridge, which is the longest I have ever kept a CPU or mobo by far... And I have no plans to upgrade. There just isnt anything I do that utilizes the power I have now. PC's have been crazy fast for years now and there just isnt a need to upgrade. Possibly a video card if yours is a few years old and you want to play Crysis 3 with FSAA at high res... but that is a niche and a half.
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