PC Shipments Mark Steepest Decline With 10 Percent Drop

The basis of the post is to make you consider what in life is significant and what does getting the up-to-date PC Tablet really signify to us

Personal-computer shipments fell 10 percent in 2013, marking the worst-ever decline after lackluster holiday sales underscored how consumers and businesses are shunning machines for mobile devices, two research firms said.

Manufacturers shipped 315.9 million units, returning to 2009 levels and making it the “worst decline in PC market history,” researcher Gartner Inc. said in a statement yesterday. IDC also said shipments had a record decline.

U.S. consumers omitted PCs from their holiday shopping lists while buyers in Asia opted for smartphones and tablets. More computing tasks are moving to websites and applications tailored for wireless gadgets, rather than software installed on laptops and desktops. The annual drop eclipsed the previous record decline of 3.9 percent in 2012, Gartner said.

“Consumer spending during the holidays did not come back to PCs as tablets were one of the hottest holiday items,” said Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner. “In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet.”

Global sales fell 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter — the seventh straight drop — to 82.6 million units, Gartner said. IDC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, reported a decline of 5.6 percent in the same period.

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Lenovo Group Ltd. (996) maintained the No. 1 spot worldwide with 18.1 percent market share in the fourth quarter, helped by a 6.6 percent increase in shipments, according to Gartner. Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) was second with a 16.4 percent share as shipments declined 7.2 percent. Dell Inc. was third, the researcher said.

“We are extremely optimistic about the future of the $200 billion-plus PC industry,” Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We continue to outperform the market while steadily improving profit and margin.”

Lenovo shipped 14 million PCs in the last quarter, it said.

Growth in the PC market has become dependent on consumers and businesses replacing existing machines, rather than wooing new buyers. Enterprise demand is being driven in part by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s plan to end support for its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system in April, compelling businesses to buy new PCs along with software upgrades.

U.S. shipments shrank 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter to 15.8 million units, Gartner said. Unit sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa fell 6.7 percent to 25.8 million, while the Asia-Pacific region saw a 9.8 percent decline to 26.5 million.

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Loren Loverde, an analyst at IDC, said the decline in PC shipments was the worst since the researcher started tracking data in 1981, with the previous record seen in 2001, when sales shrank 3.7 percent.

“We don’t think it’s quite the bottom yet,” Loverde said. IDC is predicting a 3.8 percent decline in PC shipments for 2014 this year, and then growth of less than 1 percent in 2015, he said.

Source – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/pc-shipments-drop-6-9-percent-in-weak-holiday-shopping.html

Which PC Tablets Work with Microsoft Office?

Asked by Donnie from Dover

I’m an Apple man myself, but I can certainly give you a broad overview of the best tablet PCs that are currently running Windows 8. Call it my gift to the underprivileged (JOKE!)

The Microsoft Surface is the obvious (and easy!) option to mention first. Upon its initial release, this tablet made a fair few friends, but it also made some enemies. However, even considering its flaws, the Surface is a frankly astonishing bit of kit. In fact, in my humble opinion, the hardware is actually far more impressive than the software. Still, if you’re looking for a Windows 8 tablet, then you really can’t go far wrong with this one, especially since it came down in price.

The Acer Iconia W700 is also a nifty bit of kit. It comes with a detachable dock and a (frankly lovely) detachable keyboard, plus, it is pretty tasty in terms of processing power and memory, actually doing a passable impression of a desktop (if you handle it right). This tablet is a nice little all-rounder, able to work efficiently on complicated tasks or simple jobs alike.

windows 8 tabetThe Acer Aspire P3, despite being ludicrously expensive, is also really nice. The keyboard is really well designed and the overall bodywork of this tablet feels stylish and professional. To make things even better, this tablet runs very quickly indeed.

Another impressive desktop-esque model (although one wonders what the point of that actually is) is the Sony Vaio Duo 11. The most divisive factor here is the inclusive keyboard. Rather than being detached, like most hybrid tablets (and practically everything on this list), this tablet actually has a keyboard as part of the casing. Which is fine, unless you are concerned about size and weight. Where you stand on the keyboard will likely determine where you stand on this tablet (well, either that or the gargantuan price tag).

In addition, Dell’s XPS range are all beautiful machines and should certainly be on your shortlist (budget permitting, of course).

All told, there are actually quite a few very good Windows 8 tablets out there. I’d suggest seeking out full reviews for these products before buying, but this list is just here to give you a few starting points.

Good luck, Donnie.