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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4/12/2013 4:56:48 PM
Yes, a 1024x600 tablet with a Cortex A8 processor and a 2 hour battery life is EXACTLY the same user experience as a Surface. Try reading the reviews of that $15 keyboard too. Great device except for the fact that most of the keys don't work. Idiot.
4/12/2013 5:59:39 PM
You've just established the irrefutable fact that you're the idiot.
I've seen a number of those keypads. They work fine. Don't like them? OK. Spend more money on a different one. The point remains the same.
As for the comparison of your 1024x600 tablet vs. a Surface being EXACTLY the same...that is correct. From the viewpoint of the *vast* majority of people who are in the market for tablets. Oh, and forget the bit about the 2 hour battery life...my wife has been using a cheap Coby tablet for over a year now - that battery seems to last forever. But whatever you have to tell yourself to get through the night.
Here's what the average person does on a tablet: surf the web, post on Facebook, check their email, play Words with Friends. So please...explain to me how any of those things are going to be any better on a high-dollar Surface tablet vs. the cheapest Android thing you can put your hands on.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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