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IDC and Gartner reports show weakened demand for PCs

By Jos ยท 8 replies
Apr 14, 2011
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  1. The global PC market is showing signs of slowing down as businesses and consumers hold off on purchasing new machines and shift focus to tablet computers, according to two market research groups.

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  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    OMG, you mean people don't buy a new desktop computer every year or two like they do with phones?

    After everyone bought a new Windows 7 PC, probably spurred by really cheap prices on really good i-series machines, its only understandable that sales would drop.
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    I agree, especially with the fantastic deals pretty much across the board helping matters.

    It'll probably never be possible, but I would love to see those figures up against the enthusiasts that build there own, and how sales contrast in those scenarios.
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,672   +1,922

    I would also atrribute this to computers getting good enough over the past 3-4 years that people just don't feel they need to upgrade. For everyday computing, a DC CPU and a 4gb of ram is all anyone really needs. IGP has gotten good enough that casual users don't need to buy Graphics card to watch movies. The "normal" user needs have already been met with current technology.

    As far as the phone comment, I had my blackberry pearl for 5 years until I got the LG quantum. However, I do upgrade something in my computer every 3-4 months.
  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 840   +373

    Just to add to this argument, the vast majority of PC games these days, are just badly made ports. There's very little that is graphically challenging anymore. As a direct result, people simply don't need to upgrade.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    This is about buying complete computers, not putting in a new hard drive. No offense, but people on this site should not use themselves as an "everyman" when it comes to hardware. What you or I do with our computers is at the far fringe of the spectrum. Most people update their phones much more often than they do computers.
  7. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,672   +1,922

    I wasn't making a general sweeping statement, just saying what I do. I always find it interesting to see other people post about what they do, figured I'm not the only one since quite often people post their personal habits. Like you said, far fringe of the spectrum. That's part of the reason I joined this site, we aren't "normal" as apple would say it.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    You're right, my apologies. =)
  9. I have not purchased a ready built system in a good number of years. Most of my systems were put together with a CPU and Motherboard combo, but my local computer store stopped selling these combo's and I have not ungraded from a 4 core to a 6 core system...

    I run a 64-bit Mepis Linux Operating System at Work and Home. I have all but win7 installed in VirtualBox, in case I get a phone call from a co-worker or friend that might be using a Microsoft system at home and needs support. Haven't needed win7 yet, not enough friend using the newer Microsoft operating system...


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