Monday, 28 March 2011 11:33

Is tablet fad killing PC sales?

Written by Nick Farell
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Acer warning might be trying to say something else
Acer has warned that its PC sales in the first quarter are short of expectations. The FT claims that this is highlighting the continued shift of consumer preferences in Europe and US from notebooks towards tablet devices.

But Acer never said that. It did say that PC revenues were 10 per cent less than in the fourth quarter of last year, during which Acer suffered an 11 per cent year-on-year fall in revenues.

Jenny Lai, head of Taiwan research at HSBC said that it shows that tablets’ cannibalisation of the notebook and netbook markets is definitely happening. If that was the case then the fall should be much greater as Acer relies on Netbooks.

While keyboardless netbooks should damage netbook sales, it is not clear how they could be harming PC or notebook flavours. Instead what could be being seen is the impact of the Japan earthquake on supply chains. Acer’s statement is a reminder that any weakness in global demand represents a far greater danger for most technology groups. Acer has also been losing ground againgst a more vibrant Dell.

There has also been a financial crisis which has tiggered the consumer market while corporate IT spending that has driven the PC market. There is weaker consumer demand from developing markets in China and competition from other mobile devices. Top contract PC manufacturers in Taiwan, which account for 90 per cent of production, were down roughly a fifth from January and even Hon Hai, which makes Apple stuff saw an 18 per cent decline.

The claim is probably more the Tame Apple Press suggesting that the company's latest shiny toy is changing the industry, which it isn't.


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+9 #1 yourma2000 2011-03-28 11:51
Wasn't this question asked a few months ago and everyone called it a load of bollocks?
 
 
-2 #2 nc_mike 2011-03-28 12:53
PCs and Laptops are DINOSAURS! They will cease to exist.

Oh wait, that is what they said about MAINFRAMES 25 years ago. Sure, purchases of tables, smartphones and other new form factor computers will impact sales of desktop and laptop computers, but they will survive and take their rightful place just like mainframes did - not without having to deal with a major and long term dip in sales.

So....suck it up PCs and Laptop makers and deal with it - it is now YOUR turn Bwahahahahaha!
 
 
+19 #3 Warhead 2011-03-28 13:06
Quote:
PCs and Laptops are DINOSAURS! They will cease to exist.


Not any time soon...I cannot imagine myself working on a tablet..or even playing computer games on a tablet.

I'm sorry but I do like the enjoyment of upgrading my PC every 18 months.
 
 
+10 #4 dicobalt 2011-03-28 16:43
Let's see, I just built 2 desktops and zero tablets. Oh yea you can't build tablets because it's all OEM trash.
 
 
+4 #5 The blue fox 2011-03-28 18:27
I think it has more to do with the economy then tablet sales.

Quote:
PCs and Laptops are DINOSAURS! They will cease to exist.


Hey look a another one of those idiots that think PCs are going to die.
 
 
+3 #6 nc_mike 2011-03-28 19:56
LOL, I am an old Mainframe guy...I was being sarcastic :-)
 
 
+5 #7 godrilla 2011-03-28 20:00
Lol! Personal tablet, I'm a pc 4 life.
 
 
+1 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-28 20:21
Quoting yourma2000:
Wasn't this question asked a few months ago and everyone called it a load of bollocks?



Well, it is... it's just like when Notebooks came to the market first time and everybody was in a frenzy to have one. And once they did and realized it's underpowered they flogged them on eBay and got proper notebooks.

The thing about cannibalization is that one segment must eat the other for good, not just bite it a bit and then have to throw it out again, which mean losing the market share.

Just wait and see how the tablet interest will back down because they lack a lot of the functionality needed for ordinary people, off and on the job.
 
 
+1 #9 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-28 20:26
The blue fox has also a point... in such an economy people can't afford to buy all of them, they pick the cheapest, thinking that a table will do, until they realize it doesn't.

@nc_mike, don't worry... just apply sarcasm more often so people get where the message comes from.
 
 
0 #10 The blue fox 2011-03-28 21:18
Quoting nc_mike:
LOL, I am an old Mainframe guy...I was being sarcastic :-)


Sorry about that. I was not aware you were being sarcastic.
My opinion is that tablets are just toys. I bought an iPad when it came out. and it was cool at first. I quickly lost interest in it.
 

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