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PC Market Mess: 8 Takeaways
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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10/11/2013 | 2:14:17 PM
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I wonder if there's a tendency for consumers to hold onto an existing PC or laptop longer (resist upgrading) if they are spending more of their time with their tablet, making that their essential device and the PC more of a backup.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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10/11/2013 | 4:17:16 PM
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Absolutely. It's not that consumers don't buy PCs anymore; it's that PCs have become purpose-specific for many consumers, with tablets taking over general use tasks. That means a household that used to have three laptops might now have one computers and a couple tablets. The lone remaining computer will get upgraded less frequently while the tablets will be upgraded more frequently. This cycle will likely get disrupted again, to some extent, as phablets and wearables become more ubiquitous.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/11/2013 | 4:32:45 PM
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This theory is 100% true in my household.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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10/11/2013 | 5:06:10 PM
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And, there's the fact that as PCs become more powerful and higher-quality, they have longer useful lives. We just did some inexpensive upgrades to a six-year-old Toshiba laptop and it's running just fine. It's heavy, so no one will be carrying it around, but as a task device, it's great.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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10/11/2013 | 7:51:34 PM
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I know Toshibas are supposed to be tough, but that didn't stop my daughter from busting the enter key on hers. May have had something about doing flips on the couch while balancing it on her lap.
mak63
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mak63,
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10/13/2013 | 8:59:00 PM
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I agree with you. A few GB of Ram, some for the hard drive or an external one, and we're good to go. My main computer is a Pentium D, remember those?
My 2nd is a P4.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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10/11/2013 | 9:21:33 PM
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I use my iPad for general daily stuff, and don't use my PC nearly as much, but still rely on it for actual work. Hopefully the less wear on my Vaio will make it last longer!


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