Five years of declining PC sales

For the year, Gartner estimated shipments at 269.717 million, down 6.2 per cent year-on-year, with each of the major manufacturers except Dell reporting falling sales.

Gartner says high-end PCs are doing well, but of course, are a smaller market:

There have been innovative form factors, like 2-in-1s and thin and light notebooks, as well as technology improvements, such as longer battery life. This high end of the market has grown fast, led by engaged PC users who put high priority on PCs. However, the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.

There may less volume, but it’d be nice to know how that effects profits in the notoriously slim margin PC business.

Meanwhile, on overall, global IT spend:

Companies are due to splash $3.5tr (£2.87tr) on IT this year, globally, although that is down from its previous projection of three per cent.

See some more commentary of that forecast.


Soon, the laptop bag will cost more than the laptop. This same thing happened with Microsoft Office, to some extent: a license for Office can (or used to?) run more than the actual computer itself; now I guess it’s mostly free-ish, with a chance for a marginally more expensive upgrade.

Random Chromebooks shipments estimate

I’m guessing from the article it’s from Gartner…or maybe this ABI Research reference:

Google’s Chromebooks – manufactured by Samsung, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Acer – topped 2.1 million unit sales in 2013 and are expected to climb to 11 million annually by 2019.

This surge matches the interest we saw in a joint study with Spiceworks. While the overall shipments are low relative to the behemoths of iOS/Android and Windows, there’s growth in Chromebook land.

Random Chromebooks shipments estimate

This sounds like a good Chromebook

The $279 price seems about right, around as much as good smartphone, subsidized. Also, it comes bundle with some good bloat-ware:

Finally, the laptop includes a pair of USB 2.0 ports and charging via a tablet- and phone-like micro USB port (which can also output video via the SlimPort standard, much like the recent Nexus devices). The system also comes with 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years, a 60-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access, and 12 free GoGo Inflight Internet sessions. A 4G version will be available, but pricing and availability has not been announced.

I wonder if Google is paying them a subsidy.

This sounds like a good Chromebook