PC industry posts steepest quarterly sales decline in history

By Shawn Knight
Apr 11, 2013
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  1. Sales of personal computers plummeted 14 percent in the first quarter of 2013 – the worst drop in nearly 20 years according to a new report from International Data Corp. The findings are a bit breathtaking as even the firm...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I hope I'm not the only one that is not surprised by this decline.
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  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    I could have told Microsoft that Windows 8 would not boost sales and im just a security guard.

    The other problme is that new software is not really taking advantage of new hardware. Its rare to see a sofwtare take advante of 64 bit or multi threads.
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  4. kebab2000

    kebab2000 TS Rookie

    Some people barely have money for food. The last thing on their minds will be the purchase of a computing device. Major corporations might want to wake up to the fact that buying power is greatly diminished and the era of habitual price gouging is gone forever.
  5. Mbloof

    Mbloof TS Rookie Posts: 56   +7

    This has been years in the making. There comes a time when everyone that wants a PC has one and the industry shifts to selling replacements.

    Cars, TV's and countless other items and industries have reached the same point.
  6. Windows 8 gives nothing significant to users who are not 100% in the Microsoft fold, and as most units available do not have touch the insistence of making it touch centric, rather than having a two fold measure, will hasten the demise of Microsoft. No wonder that Microsoft is complaining to the EU about Android.
    misor likes this.
  7. tato keren

    tato keren TS Rookie

    the fact is I dont buy another PC, my last one is at 2010
  8. How can anyone be surprised by the decline in pc sales, with today's tablets, smart phones and smart tv's the need for the home pc will keep dropping and dropping and as tablets keep getting more and more powerful the mid to low end gamers will no longer need a computer either. Leaving only the hard core gamers and business needing them. My partner use to do all of her photography work on a computer but now finds herself using her ipad more and more, the apps are cheap and the results are amazing. She has limited need for expensive software like Photoshop or the likes most of the time now.
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Aye aye mateys, it be pirating that keeps pcs in the home afloat.
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    It is a bit of technology saturation we are seeing.

    For myself this is the first time ever that even though I'm a software developer, with high demand for performance, and I wouldn't update my 2010 PC for a new one, despite having enough money for that. I just don't see the point.

    I'm still rocking my 2010 desktop: i7-860, 8GB of RAM, Intel X25 SSD-s, Radeon 580 (I'm not a gamer). Why bother updating, wasting money, if VS2012, for example, is flying perfectly on it, even along with VMW.
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  11. I don't think this has anything to do "with the rise of tablets". It is mainly that the PC market has reached saturation. Another factor is the economy. Tablets and other mobile devices are climbing because that market is still open, give it a few years and it will reach saturation.
  12. Oh? Is that why I see so many people on SNAP (food stamps) who have an iPhone 4 or better?
  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Acer down 30%. I'd like to think that's because of they're crappy lineups.
  14. I think it's because of majority people are using computer for just simpile like email, facebook, Internet and photos. The smartphone and tablet are perfect for that. As same as goes for old computer that still can handle that. The computer will becoming minority for people like us that need more than just simpile email, facebook or others.
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  15. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 864   +309

    I think it is because computers have reached such a level of power now, that there is little incentive to upgrade. For example my two year old system of socket 1155, i72600K, Z68 chipset, 16 GB DDR3 and an AMD HD6950 with a SSD boot drive simply does not need upgrading the way computers used to years ago. Even though I used to upgrade frequently, with this system I find I simply have no need to, nor do I see one anytime soon.
    I do not own a cell phone or a tablet and although I have a older laptop I find I just do not use it. The 'desktop computer' handles it all, streaming HD video, Blu-ray, .wav music output to my stereo system. No need for more. Just the new monitors are exciting now, starting not to even follow computer hardware much anymore.
  16. Mbloof

    Mbloof TS Rookie Posts: 56   +7

    My old 2001 XP box is still functional outside of not being able to play modern games. While I'll always have some sort of computing device with a real keyboard attached most people can get their internet/information fix with their smart phone or tablet.

    In the 1980's the only people that had computers were people that needed/required them for their job or were gamers/geeks/nerds or otherwise had a hobby centered around them. I think we've come full circle.
  17. Roddy_K

    Roddy_K TS Rookie

    Why would I upgrade to such a bad operating system as Windows 8? System builders lost out on that one. I will use Windows 7 for a long time. Windows 8 = P.O.S.
  18. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    Keep in mind that the chart represents pre-built computers sold to consumers. Most of the PC owners on this site probably built their own...and that's not reflected in this chart.
  19. This comes as a surprise to no one. Consumers are tending to hold onto their devices longer...and with the advent of tablets and smartphones upgrading your PC is not required as often in the past. computer programs are not stressing older hardware. I have many people who are running on older hardware for their home desktop/laptop needs. You just don't need 8 cores or the newest hardware to print, use OFFICE, and surf the web at home.

    Only gamers or graphics professionals are the ones who require cutting edge hardware.

    I think the 2nd wave of Windows 8/ Windows Blue machines will sell better this year now that more and more people have come to terms with the changes in the OS and have actually gotten a hands on with the variety of models out there which are pretty impressive.
  20. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I will never use a iPad or tablet to replace the desktop. It is just too unporductive. You are tempted by all those apps and such. Not just that, but MS word is great on the desktop. Why change now. Even if MS releases Office for iOS and Android, it just wont be viable from a productivity stand point. I prefer a classic keyboard and screen with MS word.
  21. pollyhey

    pollyhey TS Rookie

    Well for one, I think MS is surely some of the reason for this demise of the PC. As one of the many that select to update their own rigs only to find that you are stung by MS entrapment to ensure you re-register
    the O/S or they nullify it. Basically they do not want you to upgrade at all full stop!
  22. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    The market has matured... No new mainstream software has come out to require more power. Tablets have come a long to take on many of our mainstream computing tasks... communication via email, Internet browsing, and personal schedule...

    I imagine things will level off and there will be more consolidation for standard devices.
  23. Not surprising, gone are the days that we needed to buy a new computer every 1 or 2 years, hardware has caught up with software and secondly, the majority have been nothing but people using mostly Email, playing video/sound and browsing the internet. Also consoles took a piece of the pie. This decline will eventually stop and only the real users, the ones using professional software and actually producing "output" will remain.
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  24. Bui Khac Tu

    Bui Khac Tu TS Rookie

    I think lenova is wrong name it's lenovo
  25. The era of price gouging has been suspended, and will be moved to different products.

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