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IDC shows a smaller 5.6% decline in the global PC market

The latest metrics for the Pc industry are in form research firm Gartner. Gartner shows that the global PC industry declined 6.9% in Q4 2013. That marks the worst decline in the history of the PC market. The upside for the PC industry is that industry analysts think we have reached the bottom.
 
Hitting bottom means that sales and shipments of PCs are expected to level out and hover around the current level. The top computer maker in the industry for Q4 2013 was Lenovo with 18.1% of the market. Lenovo was followed by HP with 16.4% of the PC market. Rounding out the top five were Dell, Acer, and Asus.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
 
Gartner's top chart looks a bit different when you consider the U.S. market alone. HP was the top company in the U.S. with 26.5% of the market followed by Dell with 22.8%. Apple was number three in the US at 13.7% of the market with Lenovo not showing up until fourth place with 9.7% of the U.S. market. Toshiba has the fifth place spot in the U.S. with 7.2% of the market.
 
The numbers for research firm IDC are similar, but show a less significant decline in the overall PC market – 5.6% -- for Q4 2013.
 
IDC lists Lenovo as the top firm in the global PC industry with 18.6% of the market followed by HP with 16.8%. The remainder of the top five include Dell, Acer, and Asus. In the U.S., the top firm is HP with 24.6% of the market followed by Dell with 21.7%, Lenovo with 9.8%, Apple with 9.3%, and Toshiba with 8.2%.

Sources: Gartner, IDC



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RE: I'm not surprised...
By Motoman on 1/10/2014 11:34:10 AM , Rating: 3
Umm...ok. Or:

1. There hasn't been a compelling reason to upgrade an old PC in a really, really long time. People are not buying new PCs for the simple reason that basically everyone has one, and has no need for a new one.

2. Tablets are still pretty new and evolving rapidly, both in features and falling prices. So people are either buying their first tablets, or replacing ones that are a couple years old because of the rapidly improving technology.

In the end, I still say we need to stop forcing this kind of market segmentation. Tablets and even phones are computing devices...if you buy a tablet and then splurge another $30 or so for a keyboard and mouse to go with it, you basically have a laptop *and* a tablet. And then, if you're one of the likely 90% of the home computing market that doesn't really do anything more than email and Facebook, you're good. The tablet *is* your computer.

If traditional desktop and laptop manufacturers are missing the boat on the new form factors of computers (tablets and phones), they need to pull their heads out. All of these things are computers...and everyone needs to understand that.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By Nutzo on 1/10/2014 11:50:46 AM , Rating: 2
I just updated my almost 4 year old i7 Desktop by installing an SSD. Figure I should be good for another 3-4 years.

Don't see any reason to replace the system, as even the current fastest i7 desktop chip is only around 20% faster.
This is a big change from years ago where you would see a 50%+ improvement every couple years.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By aliasfox on 1/10/2014 12:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
My 6+ yr old machine with quad Core 2 cores works perfectly fine for me now that it has 12GB of RAM. The only time when it chugs is when it's batch processing lots of RAW files, which most people don't do.

And with more people moving towards mobile, we'll likely see more a) web based apps and b) lighter weight apps designed to be run on slower/lower power hardware anyway. Similar things have already happened to gaming - why write a game for a Radeon 7970 or 780Ti when most of your players will be playing on seven year old xBox 360 and PS3 systems?

Push software that people want that crushes current computers and you'll see new computer spending pick up. Until then, I'll happily surf the web on an iPad.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By MrBlastman on 1/10/2014 12:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Four words:

Star Citizen + Oculus Rift


RE: I'm not surprised...
By aliasfox on 1/10/2014 1:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I'm not saying there aren't ways to crush modern computers now - I'm sure there are plenty of ways to bring down 24 cores of Xeon, let alone 12-8-6-4 cores.

But I'm not talking about editing multiple streams of uncompressed 4K video with live preview or processing thousands of 36MP RAW files. I'm not really talking about an expensive space sim or VR glasses that I wanna try.

There needs to be something that everyone wants that can't be done. Even the push to big data within corporations is actually pushing the need for power away from personal computers - for the past few years I've had a laptop that queries servers to pull data/run code, there's not much that's done locally that needs a lot of power.

Now that we have the basics covered ('good enough' gaming/productivity/media), what's next to push the frontier?


RE: I'm not surprised...
By MrBlastman on 1/10/2014 1:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
Forced obsolescence. Ever wonder why you can't buy stuff that lasts for decades anymore like you could years ago? Things are engineered to break.

I'm not saying Computer hardware is. In our case it is the software. Software updates are pushed out to make stuff run like crap to entice users to upgrade. I suspect there are many companies doing this already.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By StevoLincolnite on 1/10/2014 6:41:37 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Four words: Star Citizen + Oculus Rift


Even though the PC market as a whole is in decline, the PC gaming market is actually on the rise, Star Citizen + Oculus Rift will probably just help maintain that momentum.

Plus, it's almost upgrade time for all those who are still hanging onto 6-7 year old Core 2 Quad Q6600's thanks to the consoles finally catching up.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By w8gaming on 1/10/2014 3:55:01 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is you cannot crush current computers because the performance is not improving fast enough without a sharp rise in cost. Sure, someone can write software that requires massive parallel processing power to run acceptably, but how many is going to afford the cost of owning such computers?


RE: I'm not surprised...
By aliasfox on 1/10/2014 4:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter. If the software is enough of an advancement, people will figure out a way to run it. People ponied up to take advantage of color screens and gamers paid big bucks for 3D acceleration in Quake/Unreal back in the day - to jumpstart computer sales, there just need a new killer app that people can't live without that is difficult to run on a Core 2-class computer and impossible to run on phones and tablets.

Without enough demand for higher performance, we'll be stuck in this rut for a while, and let's face it: when average selling price is around $500, the average consumer's obviously happy enough with 'baseline' performance.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 7:46:20 PM , Rating: 2
Having what was considered a Supercomputer just a few years ago sitting on our desks? Yeah let me tell ya, we're in a real rut, lol!


RE: I'm not surprised...
By retrospooty on 1/11/2014 7:40:24 AM , Rating: 2
"The problem is you cannot crush current computers because the performance is not improving fast enough without a sharp rise in cost. Sure, someone can write software that requires massive parallel processing power to run acceptably, but how many is going to afford the cost of owning such computers?"

99% of users dont need it. You could take today top end core i7 and give it 10x the processing power and it wouldnt matter for normal consumers. It wouldnt run Windows any faster, nor office apps, or browsing the web. Todays mid and high end CPU's sit idle most of the time ramping from a few to 10 % most of the day rarely going higher for most users. It's not that CPU performance isnt improving fast enough, it's that it has far outpaced the need. That is why tablets and phone with less than 10% the processing power get the job done just fine for most people.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By Reclaimer77 on 1/11/2014 11:28:39 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
That is why tablets and phone and Chromebooks with less than 10% the processing power get the job done just fine for most people.


Fixed :)

heheheh I can hear the Google haters now :P


RE: I'm not surprised...
By PaFromFL on 1/11/2014 4:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
I buy a new computer when I can double my speed at my usual price point, or when my motherboard dies. Those events occur less frequently since the Intel Core chips came out and power supplies, hard drives, etc. have become more efficient (cooler). The lack of sales indicates that people are happy with their current systems. Also, light users can now get by with a mobile device and won't ever buy another desktop system.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By MichalT on 1/10/2014 8:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in a similar position. I've put in SSDs, upgraded the video card and am about to put in a USB 3.0 PCIe card. I'm trying to figure out what would cause me to replace this computer. I used to upgrade every couple of years, but to even match what I have now from 2008 (8 core mac Pro) will be fairly expensive.


RE: I'm not surprised...
By troysavary on 1/10/2014 9:12:27 PM , Rating: 2
The traditional PC and laptop manufacturers are not missing the boat. The people making tablets and phones are basically the same ones who have been making PCs and laptops. Apple, Acer, Samsung, Asus, Lenevo, Dell, and HP are all traditional desktop and/or laptop manufacturers. Every one of these companies has some sort of tablet or convertible and most of them also have phones.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads











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