PC hardware sales down across the board in 2013 so far

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By on April 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Figures released by market research firm IDC reveal that the first three months of 2013 have been generally very negative for nearly all major PC hardware manufacturers, with the single exception of Lenovo.

Worldwide PC shipments are down 13.9% on this time last year, marking the worst year-over-year decline since IDC began tracking sales in 1994. IC’s report says that “Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market, while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending.”

“PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows 8.”

The two companies most affected are HP and Dell, while even Apple is reporting a 7% drop in hardware sales (though, iPad sales are no doubt more than enough to compensate). The only company not losing sales is Lenovo, who remained steady and even increased in some markets such as the US.

Read the full data and some good breakdowns over here.

Source: Ars Technica.

19 comments (Leave your own)

Not surprised, windows 8 is not very good and from gaming to everyday use PC’s there hasn’t been any need to upgrade because of the hardware stagnation.

 

might be cos the hardware hasnt really changed in the past 12 months

nothing super duper has been released
the laptop or desktop you got 12 months ago is still pretty much the same as the ones on sale now

 
TuxTheUltimateForce

novak47:
Not surprised, windows 8 is not very good and from gaming to everyday use PC’s there hasn’t been any need to upgrade because of the hardware stagnation.

been using Windows 8 since release and it exceeds 7 in gaming and general use, i actually better and more stable performance, games that was previously unplayable for me on 7 are now actually playable.

 

1. We don’t know whether it’s due to the fact that the majority of the people in the world have a computer now and that’s catching up (e.g. the amount of new adopters is decreasing).

2. The study seems to be on pre-built/non-custom PCs as it only mentions HP, Lenovo etc so take the ‘study’ with a grain of salt.

Also, inb4 something something something gaming PCs pushing consoles out something something (although why not own all people…)

 

rapid101: 2. The study seems to be on pre-built/non-custom PCs as it only mentions HP, Lenovo etc so take the ‘study’ with a grain of salt.

Pretty much this. It’s only pre-made computers running a full OS, it’s not “PC hardware”.

Not really surprising anyway, since at the bottom of that article it states “Some 38 percent of Internet users are apparently still perfectly happy with the twelve-year-old Windows XP”.

And those at the other end with gaming machines are far more likely to upgrade or build a PC than buy a pre-made. I guess actual PC hardware figures would be alot more useful in that case.

 

The sale of pre-built machines with OS already installed is a pretty important factor in the success of PC gaming. Obviously not every Dell machine sold in Dick Smiths is a gaming rig, but the more PCs in homes, the bigger the install base, and the more justification for PC games to continue being produced. On its own this isn’t so bad, but if this trend continues throughout the year it could have a severe knock-on effect to the top-end PC gaming market.

 

not surprising when the rate of hardware evolution is as slow as it currently is

 

it’s the consoles fault!

 

From Chris Roberts interview in other article

“That literally was a major part of it,” said Roberts. “I was shocked. We did a survey of users and I think we had about 10,000-plus respond—maybe more, close to 20,000. It’s a pretty large sample compared to generally when you do surveys, and 82 percent of them built their own PCs.”

I think that number sounds about right and not really surprising.

Tim Colwill:
The sale of pre-built machines with OS already installed is a pretty important factor in the success of PC gaming.

I would disagree, its only important if you treat consoles and PC’s the same, which they are not.

jonlee
Yes it is partly, its why hardware has stagnated for so long.

 

With not much new hardware coming in (or being close to it’s previous model) and the over-price we pay, not exactly a shocking thing.

 

ball0fire:
might be cos the hardware hasnt really changed in the past 12 months

nothing super duper has been released
the laptop or desktop you got 12 months ago is still pretty much the same as the ones on sale now

Exactly. When we are flooded with ports from 7-8 year old consoles and hardware development hasn’t really done anything to “Wow” us, it really isn’t rocket science why we are not all rushing out to upgrade.

 

iiimystiii,

What ports? You mean games being multiplatform because without the x360/PS3 sales games like Skyrim wouldn’t have such an enormous budget?

Please, out and out ports are a rare occurence these days, especially with the negative publicity around such poorly handled ones as Dark Souls that they are almost a nonfactor.

dajenko,

Hardly indicative though; surveying people who a) already own a computer and b) are knowledgable/interested enough to find that survey.

 

People are also forgetting a rather important factor in OEM (pre-built) PC sales…A massive swath of the market for them is enterprises. HP can sell thousands of PCs on a single invoice with large companies and government agencies. Having said that, many are moving to virtual desktops that only require low power thin clients so that would definitely be causing a downward trend for the traditional “PC”.

I’d say that those who are using PCs and are currently sitting on Vista or Windows 7 see absolutely no reason to upgrade their fleets right now. Give it a year or two and the numbers will spike again as the large customers refresh these aging fleets.

 
steve_rogers42

yep, can you date the last time you bought a PC off the shelf at a store? mine was in 2007….

its 2013.

 

rapid101:

dajenko,
Hardly indicative though; surveying people who a) already own a computer and b) are knowledgable/interested enough to find that survey.

and c) Are all pc gamers.

Its not indicative of the general population but I think but is a reflection on PC Gamers

 

steve_rogers42:
yep, can you date the last time you bought a PC off the shelf at a store? mine was in 2007….

its 2013.

i was 12 years old, it was 1990 something, mum bought a pentium 75 with a solid 8 megs of ram. quality gaming time. bullfrog games occupied all my time back then. syndicate, dungeon keeper. good times :D

 

Only off the shelf PC I ever owned was a piece of crap. It died just about 2mins out of warranty. New CD-ROM and HD later and she was running fine again. Problem was it was a Cyrix 166MHz CPU which was also crap.

Ever since then I’ve been building my own and eventually other peoples too ;)

Off the shelf PC’s are usually crap for the most part. There’s always components that are sacrificed for cheapness sake which makes them a time bomb for anyone using them seriously. Building yourself doesn’t guarantee quality (I’ve noticed a huge slump in build quality these last 4-5 years) but at least you know what parts are in there.

 

I’m using a 7 year old CPU (Q6600) and a 3 year old GPU (GTX 480) and still running any game out there (exception of crysis 3) on highest settings. This amazes me, there was a time when you needed to upgrade all the time to play PC games. Since the consoles release last decade that slowed down heaps. I’m thinking now that the new consoles are going to come out, it might allow PC games to push further and make me want to upgrade.

 

PC’s are on a decline, lol, but their really not.. No Really…

Yes people are buying more Tablet devices and spending time with them, but their new, everyone jumps on the “NEW” bandwagon, PC sales have been diverted to Tablet & Smart phone sales, another thing is that some people who are buying these Tablets already have PC’s and are just looking for a portable device, why buy a new PC if you already have one & still want a tablet.
I spent $1200 getting this PC back up to spec, and spent $200 on a Tablet so I can walk around the house listening/watching/reading/internet’ing wirelessly if needed. They have plenty of uses.

When Tablet sales decline, something else will be in the news “taking market share”.

 
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