Gartner:  PC Shipments Jump 3.2 Percent as Consumers Remain Mesmerized with Media Tablets

Gartner: PC Shipments Jump 3.2 Percent as Consumers Remain Mesmerized with Media Tablets

Despite what PC fatalists would have you believe, there's still a market for desktop and notebook systems. Sure, the PC market isn't growing like gangbusters at the moment, but it is growing nonetheless. That's saying something when the whole world seems preoccupied with tablets, smartphones, handheld games systems, and other non-PC devices.

The number crunchers over at Gartner tallied worldwide PC shipments at 91.8 million units for the third quarter of 2011, which represents a 3.2 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago. That wasn't quite up to Gartner's expectations, which predicted the market would grow by 5.1 percent, but at least PCs are still moving in the right direction.


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"The inventory buildup, which slowed growth the last four quarters, mostly cleared out during the third quarter of this year; however, the PC industry has been performing below normal seasonality," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "As expected, back-to-school PC sales were disappointing in mature markets, confirming that the consumer PC market continues to be weak. The popularity of non-PC devices, including media tablets, such as the iPad and smartphones, took consumers' spending away from PCs."

That didn't seem to affect HP, which held onto its crown as the world leader in PC sales, in part because the OEM "grew faster than the industry average." Another OEM that performed well is Lenovo, which stole the No. 2 spot for Dell, a position Lenovo has never been in before.
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This whole thing is interesting really as the whole world is becoming more and more entwined with the web in general. The big point here is everyone in the world can now get on the web for relatively cheap. Yes many such as gamer's, students, developers, writers, artists and others need a desktop or a technically solid laptop, but really no one else does. The general public needs a slate or a smart phone. They can do the banking, bill paying, communications, and web browsing just as easy and relatively cheaper than with a PC where you would need a web connection specifically for it. You still need a phone though which is where the whole thing price wise makes or at least incites the changes. You can get a smart phone that is a wireless hot spot or hub, and you want as well as need a phone too. Drop the PC from the whole combination price wise and just have your smart phone your costs just dropped roughly 45-100 a month depending on your bandwidth. A smart phone or slate is also considerably cheaper than a PC at roughly half the price in general. Yes there are many things you cannot do with a smart phone/slate but generally for life communications and commerce all you need is 1 thing either a smart phone or slate.

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Long Live the PC!!!!!!!!!!

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Everything I said relating to tablet PC's and regular PC's apply here. I mean it just seems like the PC doesn't want to die.

Long live the PC!

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