It's not PC sales that are declining, it is workstation sales

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2013 - 05:06 PM |
Tagged: sales, workstation

The Tech Report put up an editorial which discusses the recent reports on the shrinkage of PC sales and point out that it is not necessarily Personal Computer sales which are slowing but only the workstation sales.  You may feel that a PC is a desktop and only a desktop but the market has changed to the point where a watch can qualify as a personal computer and your smartphone definitely does.  The term post-PC may be applicable but at the same time limiting your definition of a PC to a desktop and possibly laptops is not as accurate as it once was.  The term workstation is accurate for those of us who actually do work which requires the power of a multicore system with dedicated daughterboards, but the vast majority of users do not need the power of a full system.  Enthusiasts and professionals will always need the power of a full workstation but perhaps it is time to realize we may be in the minority, which is why sales of traditional workstations have declined.  Ask makers of ARM devices if their sales are declining; the main stream market is shifting to devices that many of us would not consider a "real PC".

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"PC shipments suffered their greatest decline ever last quarter, in spite of Windows 8 and all those tablet-notebook hybrids. Some say there's no hope, but I disagree. Because the PC is booming—just not the PC we know."

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April 19, 2013 | 05:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Desktops are fine. People just upgrade, don't buy new PCs. Also people are getting more and more familiar with computers. Don't need Dell and HP to sell them a complete PC. They just build it themselves, if they need a new one. Also they don't need to go out and buy a new computer for Win8. They bought online Win8 for $30, so no need again for a new desktop/laptop. They installed it on their older computer.

So what do you do when your 3-4-5 years old computer is fast enough and runs the later $30 OS from Microsoft? You just go out and buy a (new) tablet or a (new) smartphone that can not be upgraded.

Combine these 2 and you come to the wrong conclusion that tablets and smartphones are killing desktops. Wrong. People are not replacing desktops. They just buy more hardware. Once upon a time someone had a desktop. Later bought a laptop. Now he have more than 3 or 4 devices in his home that you can call a PC.

April 20, 2013 | 11:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

PC sales are declining, as most non power users are switching to tablets! I will always by a PC/Full function laptop, over an underpowered fondle slab, but if grandma and pops can get by with pictures of the grandkids over a tablet or cromebook, good for them! Windows 8 prevented me from getting an ASUS laptop on special, last month, and will continue to be a deal killer, if I can not get new hardware with windows 7 pre-installed! As far as workstations sales, Dell If you had just one Brick and mortar store in the Boston area, you would have sold me a low end workstation, even if the store was just a warehouse with fold out tables with display models on them, your online sales slack jaws are going to drive you out of business! I like to try before I buy, and having a local store to resolve problems, immediately, is a must, as I can not be without a working PC/workstation!

April 20, 2013 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


April 22, 2013 | 07:35 AM - Posted by BiggieShady

Prebuilt machines are not selling and components sell like hotcakes ... and no one sees a connection ... it can't be - are we really able to build our own machines - no, i bet all those people are buying cpu-s as Christmas ornaments ...

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