Global PC Shipments Decline 6.9% in Q4 2013 says Gartner
January 10, 2014 9:55 AM
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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%.
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RE: I'm not surprised...
1/10/2014 4:33:50 PM
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...
1/10/2014 7:46:20 PM
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!
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