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Google's Chromebook, however, manages to stay on top of its game

PC shipments have taken a hard hit since the advent of mobile electronics like tablets and smartphones, and while second quarter PC shipments show no different, some are managing to see some good in a bad situation -- like Lenovo, which managed to surpass Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the top PC vendor. 

According to a new Gartner report, worldwide PC shipments dropped 10.9 percent in Q2 2013 to 76 million units from the year-ago quarter. This represents the fifth consecutive quarter of decreased shipments. 

“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.”

Back in April, it was reported that PC industry sales had dropped nearly 14 percent in Q1 2013. 

However, Lenovo seems to be picking up in PC shipments. Gartner found that Lenovo passed HP as the top worldwide PC vendor for Q2 2013 with 12,677,265 shipments. HP came in second place with 12,402,887 for the quarter. 

But if you look at just U.S. shipments alone, HP is still on top with 3,957,761 Q2 shipments while Lenovo came in fourth place with 1,515,562 quarterly shipments. Dell came in second while Apple came in third. 

Despite the 10.9 percent decrease in PC shipments, there's one machine that seems to disregard the dwindling conditions of the PC market -- Google's Chromebook

According to NPD Group Inc., the Chromebook has gained 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops under $300 in just the past eight months. The PC seems to be snagging market share and sales while the rest of the market is slumping. 

Chromebooks were introduced in June 2011 and treated like a stripped-down machine with limited abilities. They run the Google Chrome OS and use Web-based applications rather than traditional desktop applications that stay on the machine. 

There are a few different models made by Samsung, Acer, HP and Google (Chromebook Pixel). They start at $199 USD. 

Sources: Gartner, IDC, Bloomberg

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Windows H8
By TechguyJP on 7/11/2013 1:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
I love to hate on Windows 8. But seriously, seems like there is a lot of online feedback and reviews on newer computers where Win 8 is listed as a con by the reviewer. We've not seen such animosity since Vista. I wonder if newegg, tiger, etc changed the screenshot for new systems running Win8 to show the Windows Desktop instead of that hideous metro interface, if sales would pick back up again? A smart OEM would bundle one of the nice start menu replacements and show it running in a screenshot.

I don't think 8.1 is going to turn the tide, either. The whole exclusion of the start *menu*, the push toward that god awful tile interface, and all the lame associated justifications/explanations are all hubris in my opinion. "We removed the start menu because no one used it." (what... on their windows tablets?!?!) Right... Ballmer Peak reasoning for the win!

I still think there is a market for desktop computers. But M$ is not doing itself any favors by forcing an ill conceived tablet-driven UI on consumers seeking a desktop computer when the alternative is just to go and buy a refined and vastly more elegant tablet UI running on a TABLET.

RE: Windows H8
By Solandri on 7/12/2013 4:42:35 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think 8.1 is going to turn the tide, either. The whole exclusion of the start *menu*, the push toward that god awful tile interface, and all the lame associated justifications/explanations are all hubris in my opinion.

Someone else put it best: Windows 8.1 is a big f- you to everyone who complained about the Metro interface in Windows 8.

Everyone: We hate this Metro tile crap. Give us back the Start button.
Microsoft: Ok, we put back the Start button in Windows 8.1.
Everyone: Clicks on Start button, sees Metro tiles pop up on the desktop.
Microsoft: <snicker>
Everyone: ...

I've been loading most of the Windows 8 systems I buy for clients with Classic Shell for the old start menu. Of the ones I didn't install it on, every one has asked me if there's a way to get the Start menu back. Every. Single. One.

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