Desktops and Laptops in Today’s World

Desktops and Laptops in Today’s World

The desktop computer is all set to be replaced in the next few years by tablets and other smaller devices. By the summer of 2014, the sales of tablets will comfortably overtake those of desktops and laptops. The latest figures from Strategy Analytics of this year’s second quarter confirm the growing sales of tablets, with almost 52 million units sold in the quarter compared with 36 million units sold in the same period last year. Android is currently leading the pack in tablet sales, closely followed by Apple.

While tablets have been consistently increasing their market, PC shipments are seeing a free fall. According to the latest figures from Gartner, only 76 million PC devices were shipped during the past three months. If the growing trend of the tablet and the falling shipments of PCs continue, then tablets will most likely replace personal computers in the next couple of years.

Some experts are of the opinion that customers are inclined towards tablets more and more simply because of the reduced financial constraints that these devices offer, while some other suggest Windows 8’s polarizing effect to be the cause behind this migration.

This doesn’t explain how Apple has still managed to hold its PC sales, even though it sells most of the devices at premium prices. The customers have been using personal computers mainly for connecting to the internet and playing video or audio files, which is done exceptionally well in tablets as well. As such, notebooks and PCs are getting sidelined for tablets and smartphones.

A report by the NPD Group in February this year found that almost one-third of all US customers had left PC devices for tablets and smartphones to browse the web through gaming and social media. A third of the tablet owners confessed to using PCs less and less, especially for browsing.

Another report from Moffet Research suggests that only 20% of tablets sold are specified as 3G or 4GLTE, mobile broadband connection. Out of this, only half of the devices have necessary data plans. Along with this only half this number renews their internet connection after the initial plan gets over. Overall, the report suggests that only 5% of the tablet owners have active internet connections. This indicates that tablets are used not just for browsing alone .

PC vs. Tablets

With the longest decline of PC sales in history going on now, this industry doesn’t have much to brag about. But the PC is far from becoming obsolete. There are many sections of consumers whose particular needs are only catered by the larger and customizable PC and notebook devices. One such section is the college community, which still relies on these bigger and more powerful devices for their various needs.

Personal computers and smartphones are ranked as the top two electronic devices used by college students, with 82% and 80% of students owning these devices respectively. Tablets, however, see ownership among only a fifth of the overall student population.

There are many reasons why college students prefer PCs over tablets. For one, you can’t expect someone to write a 10 page research with his or her tablet. It is just too much work. Students are generally looking for discounted products while shopping for back-to-school items. Notebooks and PCs offer a range of discounts and offers, which make them more attractive to the usually broke college crowd – the students.

Laptops and PC discounts are very common during the summer time, when students are gearing back for their colleges. Companies such as Dell and HP slash the prices of their products by up to $150 during this time. Other devices, such as those from Apple, have slashed the prices by over $200. But this type of education discount is only available for PCs and notebooks and isn’t given on tablets.

Parents, on an average, dole out about $1000 for back-to-school items every year. This spending is higher for college students, which is quite true considering that many of the students are looking for a PC or an ungraded smartphone.

With smartphones and PCs leading the pack as favorites among college students, convenience is another issue which puts tablets behind in the competition. Laptops and PCs can be used to multitask, such as taking notes, listening to music, playing games. Smartphones provide usability in the form of social media updates, apart from communication. These two devices are more than enough for the needs of college students.

Overall, however, tablets will overtake the sale of PCs by next summer. The primary factor for tablet growth has been the emerging markets, where the inexpensive tablets are preferred as first computers, and PC purchase is usually deferred. But for the time being, college communities can prove to be the salvation of personal computers and notebooks. You can rent any PC from your nearest computer rental service.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013