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PC Slump: No Recovery in Sight
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D. Henschen
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12/3/2013 | 4:24:08 PM
My consumer research says go for the lowest cost
I cover enterprise technology for a living, but my wife and 12-year-old son are otherwise typical technology consumers. They have no interest in replacing our five-year-old MacBook Pro PC. My son wants an iPad Mini, even though we have a second-gen standard-sized iPad. I said $400 is on high side for a Christmas present, so the other day he came home talking up an Asus touch-screen laptop, which was used in a classroom at his school. He even looked it up online and found it was $300 -- "$100 less than the iPad Mini, so maybe affordable for Christmas?" he pleaded.

Goes to show price is always an important foot in the door.

    
mak63
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12/3/2013 | 7:44:53 PM
Re: My consumer research says go for the lowest cost
Your son sounds sweet & very smart. Anyway, an Asus touch-screen laptop vs an iPad mini is a no-brainer for me. You will even have an extra 100 bucks for some jewelry for your wife.
But the way, how is a 300 million PC shipments a PC slump?
Kristin Burnham
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12/3/2013 | 8:36:40 PM
Shrinking market
We're purchasing my husband's uncle a laptop for Christmas as a combined gift. As the "techy one" in the family, I tried -- oh so hard -- to convince them that a tablet or even Chromebook may be more appropriate, but to no avail. There's certainly still a market  for PCs, but I agree -- it's certainly shrinking.
Thomas Claburn
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12/3/2013 | 9:27:14 PM
Re: Shrinking market
I'll be interested to see whether there's any demand for the new Mac Pro. It looks like a great machine, but I ditched my tower for a laptop in 2011 and haven't looked back.
Gary_EL
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12/3/2013 | 11:55:09 PM
XP
I wonder what will happen in April with XP. Still 31%! Will the lack of support mean that the operating system quickly becomes unusable? Will there be a mad dash to other Windows operating systems? Will many users abandon their PC's and laptops and rely on tablets and smartphones? I was using XP myself, and I found it perfectly adequate for my needs, but my motherboard died about 3 months ago, and not wanting to purchase a ticket on the titanic, I bought a Windows 7 machine.
UberGoober
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12/4/2013 | 12:58:44 PM
Upgrade? Why?
Every decent computer purchased in the past 5 years will run essentially anything you need to (except serious games) reasonably well; software isn't driving hardware purchases the way it did a decade or more ago.  That's the big driver for the slump.

I know that lots of gadget-heads and hipsters will feel a burning desire to buy something new, but the majority of folks don't see a reason to spend money on an upgrade; if what you mostly do is look at Facebok and play Candy Crush Saga, how much iron (or OS) do you need? 

The phrase "Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks are compelling upgrades" proves just how out-of-touch the author is.  8.1 may be a compelling upgrade if you got suckered into Win8 in the first place, but a large majority of folks seem to prefer the significantly better UI in Win7, and OSX is only an option if you are one of the less than 10% of users who have a Mac.  Between them they are important to far less than a quarter of the PC population, though one assumes that both are critical to advertisers...

Much ado about nothing...
Number 6
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12/4/2013 | 2:25:45 PM
Re: Upgrade? Why?
Agree completely. When the hammer I have does exactly what I need and does it well at a decent price, I don't need to run down to Sears to buy the "New and Improved!" model every year... especially if I'm going to have to learn an entirely new way to use it.

I'll bet we're going to see a similar topping out of the smartphone market soon. How many of the incremental changes now being added are really being used?
Brian.Dean
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12/4/2013 | 5:33:00 PM
Re: My consumer research says go for the lowest cost
PCs are production and consumption devices whereas Smartphone and tablets are only consumption devices at the moment. PC sales are not growing as they used to because now they are competing with mobile devices so I guess that is where the PC Slump comes from. And I guess if we continue to hold PCs and mobile devices separate, then I would not expect PC to ever become obsolete unless mobile devices were to get a massive power boost (internally or from the cloud) and have a docking station available in the market.
PaulS681
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12/4/2013 | 8:19:14 PM
XP
Wow is all I can say for all the PCs that still run windows XP. That is going to be a big security hole for organizations that don't upgrade.
PaulS681
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12/4/2013 | 8:23:10 PM
Re: XP
@Gary... It wont become unusable but with no suppoirt means no updates. As security flaws open up there will be no fixes. You are taking a big risk if you continue to run XP.
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