The PC is still not dead

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2014 - 02:30 PM |
Tagged: market share, desktop pc

There has been a 2 year slump in PC sales due to a number of reasons, from a lack of attractive system upgrades to the increasing capabilities of mobile devices but according to Gartner this is coming to an end.  While Acer and the smaller brands and no-name systems continue to see sales declines the major players such as Lenovo HP, Dell, and Asus have all seen increases in the amount of systems they have sold in this past quarter.  The Register quotes Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa in their article, "... we expect to see slow, but consistent, PC growth" as emerging markets augment their low cost tablets with purchases of full PCs. 

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"By Gartner's estimates, worldwide PC shipments were essentially flat for the second quarter of 2014, growing just 0.1 per cent when compared to the same period a year ago. But even that is encouraging, the analyst firm points out, because shipments have declined for the last eight consecutive quarters."

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July 10, 2014 | 02:34 PM - Posted by H1tman_Actua1

those are stats for store bought computers.

Custom PC parts is thriving as always.

July 10, 2014 | 02:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

While I'm sure that's true, those sales likely dwarf the number of self-built computers.

July 10, 2014 | 08:49 PM - Posted by Alamo

i swear this is the most retarded thing ever, to link ready to ship PC to PC market, i know it's hard to know where the market stand for pc, but this is just retarded.
i take exemple of my self and entourage.
within 20 of ppl around me, 3 have laptops, 2 have bought ready PC, the rest is self-built computers.
myself my 1st PC i got was from retailer like in 1993, my 2nd PC was my custom build in 2000, from 2003 i started updating, from 2005 my upgrade became almost monthly, i spend about 1000€ on my pc every year, same goes for my friends, while i had retailer pc i just used it till it died, i sold my laptop because i didnt need it anymore.
me and the majority of my friends do not even count in this report, because to them we dont have a pc, although 60% of my entourage inclding me spend enough money to count as 1 new pc every year, maybe my entourage is mostly gamers and not very representative, but i strongly believe that at least 50% of pc owners are missed out, and thats probably the ones who spend the most, from x3 to x5 times more than someone who buys a dell pc once every 5 years.

July 10, 2014 | 07:23 PM - Posted by dreamer77dd

I wonder if they have statics some where were it includes self made computer parts helping the pc industry?
I think that would be very interesting comparison.
It would definitely be a more complete view on the pc market as some have already mentioned above.

July 11, 2014 | 02:49 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I know what you mean and it would be interesting but that would be a totally different study on the sales of components for new builds and upgrades.

This is specifically the pre-built desktops and mobile market; which is a thing.  Sure we don't buy pre-builts the the majority of consumers do.  If the prebuilt market with its high volume declines you can expect to see the price of components go up so even though you aren't going to run out and buy a Dell it does have an effect on your systems.

It would be pretty hard to capture the component market, think how many OEMs and resellers you would have to count!

July 10, 2014 | 10:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does the note at the bottom of the graphic mean this is limited to machines that run Windows 8? Does that mean Apple is not represented here? I would have thought Apple's Macbooks and iMacs would earn a line of its own, otherwise.

July 11, 2014 | 07:52 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As a few have already said, this number set is biased against the large amount of people that have self build computers or old computers upgraded etc.

July 11, 2014 | 07:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The full article:

Only Windows 8 machines, only x86.

No Macs, Chrome/Android devices, Linux, no Windows XP, Windows 7, etc., no servers (implied). Worldwide is a 0.1% increase, EMEA is a 8.6% increase, and USA is a 7.4% increase.

Apple sold 4.14 million "Macs", up 5%, not including iPhones/Pads/Pods:

July 11, 2014 | 08:15 AM - Posted by mAxius

ah i see the big push to disposable computing devices has not taken hold this is very good. In my eyes the traditional pc will never die however the standard form factor may change and end up even smaller than what we have today.

July 11, 2014 | 09:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does it say how many win 8 computers where downupgraded to windows 7, I am sure any enterprises reimaged the drives with the enterprise version of 7. The PC market will never die, it will not have the explosive growth it once had, and the home PC will eventually be replaced by the home server cluster! The Home computing cluster will consist of a server cabinet with expansion slots for extra processors/GPUs and will mostly offer a virtual remote desktop to the Mobile laptop/tablet devices, including a VM/container based OS/s that has the intelligence to turn the entire gigabit, or faster, wifi connected devices around the house into one big asymmetrical computing platform, with the server/cluster providing the extra horsepower, on the fly, for gaming or intensive computing tasks the are streamed to the mobile Laptop/tablet/other connected devices. The Home based cloud/server/cluster will replace the individual desktop devices, and offer modular hardware expandability as the need arises, and computing/gaming delivered as a streaming service to all household.

July 11, 2014 | 11:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is this trend really about the last gasps of the PC or the realization that tablets and such still do not provide an adequate user experience or tools to take on the everyday tasks people perform on a PC?

Apple, Google and Amazon have focused on making mobile devices for the consumption of media and repeat business. As such, there's really no ideas or investment to make them serious contenders in the business world and why Microsoft opted not to bring devices like the MS Courier (or other business centric true tablet) to market instead of the Surface which is really a Win8 laptop.

MS money is in Windows/Office... Google's on search and ads... Apple entirely on media consumption... None of them have any reason to deviate from their chosen markets and bring a serious tablet as anything than a scaled down version of the PC experience.

Mobile ARM CPU's become better, faster and consume less power... So what? Thus far there's nothing more to do with them on the consumer side than watch movies and play Angry Birds. Meanwhile the technologies that would make a table truly useful (true voice recognition, hand writing recognition, UI's beyond the point/click)languish in the doldrums of niche apps. Death to the Desktop/Folder/File paradigm!!! We want a new experience!!! Make my gadgets useful again.

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