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By Shawn Knight · 15 replies
Jul 10, 2014
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  1. According to early results from IDC, consumer interest in the traditional PC is once again picking up. The market research firm found global PC shipments only dropped 1.7 percent year-over-year during the second quarter, from 75.7 million to 74.4 million....

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,229   +1,306

    I also think people are starting to realize that while tablets are convenient, they aren't as functional as a full fledged PC.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,417   +3,434

    Meantime! Nothing is really changing the way we use our devices. We are only upgrading our older machines.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,682   +771

    Exactly. Was talking about this with some IT friends just last night. They're hearing it from people who are now "disappointed" in that all they can really effectively do with tablets is read e-mail, do a little net searching and watch videos with crummy resolution/smoothness.

    They're nice for portability if you want to do the bare minimum computer basics, but in no way can they replace a full blown desktop or decent laptop.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    it's not cannibalizing unless it's a company hurting the sales of their OWN product. Like if Apple made a cheap $500 laptop and it hurt iPad sales.

    I think it's easy to compare tablet and PC sales and think one has an affect on the other. In the past that's probably been true, but I think in this case these are two independent things.
  6. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I dare say another factor is education. My daughter has no choice but to use a PC for her school work.
  7. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 631   +68

    While I passionately use my tablet for games that was are quick and convenient on the go, I also love to chill at home; turn down the lights, grab a drink, get a little weird and play some good Pc games.[​IMG]
    I will always continue to upgrade my Pc or by a new one, Pc4lyfe.
  8. I personally don't think it is an " oh no tablets suck they do nothing I must return to a desktop " issue at all.
    Tablets and Smartphones, have a place. Mostly Facebook users, people who like mobile games, possibly mobile/field service engineers who need to log their days.

    I have a nexus 7. Instantly rooted and flashed. And I only use it to play a few things, or the odd bit of browsing as mentioned above. But I knew that was what it would be when I got it. I didn't ask the age old stupid question of "can it run Crysis?". A basic tool for basic on the fly needs, should I need it, should the option be available.

    IF PC sales were at all slowing down, I hardly thing tablets were what caused this. £100 - £600, depending on your budget, and if you go with wallet raping Apple. Thats, a PC component or even a semi decent PC right there, in terms of pricing. And some people have already mentioned upgrading, people just tend to upgrade PCs or build their own so like Brad Pitt they know "whats in the box?", because you never know what shonky crap Dell may throw inside one of their budget boxes.

    Most people I know build their own, buy bits from various sites, so, surely their are many numbers in that sense, missing from these so called reports. So articles like this, are moot.

    People who buy prebuilt machines overly priced from a high street store, are more likely IMO to be the Facebook using, non tech savvy types who are happy to use a tablet rather than their slow booting malware infested desktop or laptop thats slown down to a crawl. And those type of people don't care about anything other than their facebook wall, to come to a site like techspot.
  9. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Booster Posts: 109   +36

    The PC market never went away. Analysts just lost their mind over the exploding popularity of tablets and correlated that with a decline in PC numbers.

    Now the market for those is stabilizing, because lots of people have them and people are realizing that actually they can only ever be complimentary devices, not workstations. I see people trying to use tablets as their main work machine every so often, and every time it's evident that they have to make some pretty big sacrifices to get that much portability.

    A lot of people are also waking up to the fact that even a moderately priced gaming PC is a better and more powerful machine than either a PS4 or Xbox One.
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,365   +278

    These companies need to invest more into aesthetics of the machines, currently these designs of the machines and overall structure is horrible. I am surprised why Origin, CMaster, Corsair don't sell premades in stores such as PC World, Maplins and other electronic stores :/ General population has a bad idea of PCs being rather poor, inferior to other more "fashionable" computers because of their aesthetic design.
  11. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    Do they count Surface Pro as a tablet or a PC?
  12. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 397   +179

    Who know's, but this can be great news for the future of Microsoft. They can go back to top if Windows Threshold / 9 finally creates the perfect UI for Desktop + Touch without sacrifice. And if Windows Threshold is a sucess....Windows Phone could see a nice boost in US growth over the next 1-2 years.
  13. Mikael_r

    Mikael_r TS Rookie

    I don't plan on buying a new PC, but I plan on building my own.
    I would say there is a *slight* correlation between tablet and PC sales. Some people I work with have bought an iPad, then say they should get rid of their old laptop since they essentially stopped using it. I use both, since you can't play games like SCII on a tablet lol. Depends on the person, and how they decide to utilize the technology.
  14. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

    Well then. Everybody bought the tablets and other crazy gadgets, and after a while the people who needed to work realized "damn, my PC is running hella slow! Well, it's time for a new one". I just don't see the future without some PCs, as the stuff that exists on the tablet (system, apps, games, ringtones even) had to be created on SOMETHING, and I doubt it was a tablet. Either way - woo hoo, long live the king. I never buy PCs, I'm building and tweaking them myself (oh, the pleasure, the thrill), so I'm no good for reinforcing those sale stats, but yeah, PC won't die.
  15. Dukenukemx

    Dukenukemx TS Member Posts: 71   +16

    The PC is open compared to Android or iOS. Including Windows based tablets, which lock you from ever switching to another OS. That and a tablet is as useful as a Nintendo 3DS.
  16. kissx

    kissx TS Enthusiast Posts: 69

    I'm old skool! I like sitting at a desk

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