PC Shipments Fall Nearly 11 Percent in Q2 2013; Lenovo Beats HP as Top Vendor
July 11, 2013 10:58 AM
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Google's Chromebook, however, manages to stay on top of its game
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 --
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 (
). They start at $199 USD.
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7/11/2013 7:03:22 PM
The DIY segment is a smaller subset of OEM sales. I don't think it has much of an impact.
The main problem is that performance became "good enough" years ago. After almost four years I upgraded by PC from a Nehalem CPU to a Haswell. Maybe its also because I've been on an SSD for that entire time, but the upgrade in performance isn't anything close to what you used to get with a 18-24 month upgrade cycle. Its an upgrade but it isn't massive. I mostly did it because not upgrading my gaming PC for almost four years felt
Most people I play games with are on Nehalem or Sandy Bridge CPUs (the i7 2500 has insane legs) and have no reason to upgrade.
Now, take the gamer/enthusiast out of the mix and look at the mainstream. Performance has been "good enough" for an even longer period of time. Why upgrade from a good 2008/2009 PC when it doesn't really yield any benefits? Most people can basically hang onto their computers until they fail.
Now the main reason people get new machines have to do with portability and not being tethered to a desk. This is why laptop and tablet sales are where growth is. The thing is that even laptops hit the "good enough" wall in 2011. You'll be seeing some Haswell upgrades due to things like 12+ hours battery life in the Macbook Air, but people are still very likely to hang on to what they have because it totally works.
This leaves inexpensive and very portable tablets with all-day battery life that do what the most people already use their desktops for: web, email, light apps.
It isn't because of Windows 8 or anything like that, its because desktops have been good enough for a long time. People are more willing to spend money on portables that do a most of what they need but allow them to do it away from their desk.
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