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Global personal computer sales saw a modest dip in the first quarter of 2014, as the pace of decline was eased by replacements of older PCs using Windows XP.

Figures released Wednesday by Gartner showed global sales down 1.7 percent year-over-year at 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014.

A separate survey by IDC showed a 4.4 percent drop to 73.4 million.
http://digitaljournal.com/technology/pc-sales-see-modest-drop-amid-windows-xp-replacements/article/380252
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People who used to buy HP Walmart desktops are moving to mobile because that's all they need.

I'm always somewhat annoyed when the entire PC market gets lumped together and "journalists" who only report on phones and tablets immediately go: "PC is dying".

Like one of the analysts quoted in this article who said this:
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While the PC market remains weak

Last I checked the market is huge and the only thing in decline are actually the garbage, low profit margin, cheap desktops and laptops that people used to buy.

However High end desktop, data center, AIO, etc. are on the rise. Take intel for example:
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Intel's desktop CPU shipments are growing. In the fourth quarter of 2013, she noted, Intel desktop CPU shipments rose 7% over the same quarter the year before

That growth is led by key segments of the desktop market—and yes, finally, someone is talking about the fact that the desktop PC space involves many different types of systems that don't always have a lot to do with one another. The growing segments include all-in-ones (like the iMac), mini PCs, and—what do you know?—high-end desktops. Graff said mini PCs like the NUC and Gigabyte's Brix went from essentially zero to over one million units shipped last year. High-end desktops also broke records. Core i5 and i7 unit shipments reached an all-time high in 2013.

http://techreport.com/review/26189/intel-to-renew-commitment-to-desktop-pcs-with-a-slew-of-new-cpus

I mean analysts are supposed to actually give an analysis of the market for people who don't want to do the research themselves. But all analysts I see writing online do no actual in-depth analysis of the market. They just look at the sales numbers for everything from servers, gaming desktops, office PCs, HTPCs, laptops, netbooks etc. lump them together and then say that PC in general is weak and dying. I just can't wrap my head around how that's supposed to be good analysis of the market.
 
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If u count the overall sales $$$, even with high end desktop on the rise, the profit earned are not enough to offset the general casual PC's sales decline. This is also a reason why most tech firm put focus on mobile, it is simply more money there.
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All these "analysts" want are attention-grabbing headlines and ad revenue from views. They can't care less about journalistic integrity. Which is the sad thing in today's media, there's a serious lack of integrity and accountability.
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All these "analysts" want are attention-grabbing headlines and ad revenue from views. They can't care less about journalistic integrity. Which is the sad thing in today's media, there's a serious lack of integrity and accountability.

amen to that, today its all about money in the pockets rather then integrity
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People who used to buy HP Walmart desktops are moving to mobile because that's all they need.

I'm always somewhat annoyed when the entire PC market gets lumped together and "journalists" who only report on phones and tablets immediately go: "PC is dying".

Like one of the analysts quoted in this article who said this:
Last I checked the market is huge and the only thing in decline are actually the garbage, low profit margin, cheap desktops and laptops that people used to buy.

However High end desktop, data center, AIO, etc. are on the rise. Take intel for example:
http://techreport.com/review/26189/intel-to-renew-commitment-to-desktop-pcs-with-a-slew-of-new-cpus

I mean analysts are supposed to actually give an analysis of the market for people who don't want to do the research themselves. But all analysts I see writing online do no actual in-depth analysis of the market. They just look at the sales numbers for everything from servers, gaming desktops, office PCs, HTPCs, laptops, netbooks etc. lump them together and then say that PC in general is weak and dying. I just can't wrap my head around how that's supposed to be good analysis of the market.

That isn't what they do. This market research is never free. They only give you the high level numbers. When you pay for their research reports, however, they have much more detailed breakdowns and analysis. This is the norm for the market research industry. This stuff isn't done for free.
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They need to stop using the term Personal Computer in the way they do. Really a smartphone, tablet, netbook, laptop, desktop can all be considered PCs.

Besides that, laptops and desktops are reaching a point to where people don't need to upgrade. If you have a core 2 duo or higher and only do word processing and browse the web, you're not going to experience a slowdown, so you are not going to buy a whole new device.
Edited by xxpenguinxx - 4/21/14 at 11:19am
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Alatar nailed it.

Consumers are trading capability and power for simplicity and reliability.

Old XP desktops that require a nephew or grandson to re-image once a year to keep running in top shape are being replaced with iPads.

Creaky old laptops with 20 minutes of battery life are being replaced with a Nex 7 or Kindle

People don't sit down and read email at a desktop very often anymore. They check their smartphone's mail app.

The PC is not dying. It's changing. Those who, today, need a desktop computer will continue to have a desktop computer.
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The fact that Windows 8 is the only option for a new PC anywhere is also a HUGE factor in sales. If people can't/won't understand or learn it, then they will NOT buy it. People see windows 8 on laptops / desktops and see it as an overcomplicated tablet OS on a computer and will stick to easier to use devices such as tablets and smart phones which android and iOS works flawlessly there unlike windows 8 on a modern computer.
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They need to stop using the term Personal Computer in the way they do. Really a smartphone, tablet, netbook, laptop, desktop can all be considered PCs.


This. Merriam Webster defines a Personal Computer as "a general-purpose computer equipped with a microprocessor and designed to run especially commercial software (as a word processor or Internet browser) for an individual user".
    
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