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    PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    Both IDC and Gartner have released their Q2 2015 PC industry figures.
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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    I think it boils down to the fact that companies tend to keep desktop hardware longer or virtualise the desktops, consumers tend to build rather than buy add it's no longer a black art.

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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    Most consumers only buy when their current machine dies, or becomes really slow due to the demands placed upon them. Given that dual core with hyper threading (4 logical cores) is now so common place, upgrading rarely gives any performance increase. Most people will buy off the shelf because it is cheap, easy, and commoditised.

    And given that mobile devices, phones and tablets are now sufficiently powerful, with excellent battery life a significant number of people are using them as the primary device.

    Hardly surprising really.

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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by evs View Post
    I think it boils down to the fact that companies tend to keep desktop hardware longer or virtualise the desktops, consumers tend to build rather than buy add it's no longer a black art.
    Agree that desktop virtualisation seems to be a big deal - Citrix must be making a mint. Not sure that I'd agree that Joe Public is building rather than buying off-the-shelf. From what I've seen the low-end (/budget) market has been absolutely slaughtered by the availability/capability of similar-cost tablets, with Chromebooks also picking up a few sales.

    Also agree with the article that W10 launch has been very disruptive - with a lot of folks I know preferring to treat themselves to a shiny new W10 PC rather than try and upgrade "last years model". Those that are planning to try the upgrade have pointed out that the current PC is pretty powerful anyway, so no real need for a new replacement. I'm also seeing a few W8.x "refuseniks" who were deliberately waiting until W10 becomes available in the hope that it's user experience will be better than that perceived with W8.

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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    If computers last 10% longer, then it seems reasonable that sales will be 10% down. That is still a huge market though.

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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

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    Agree that desktop virtualisation seems to be a big deal - Citrix must be making a mint. Not sure that I'd agree that Joe Public is building rather than buying off-the-shelf.
    Would be interesting to know if thin clients are included in PC sales figures, I would like to think they are but I guess you can potentially keep a think client for longer than a desktop.
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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    There just isn't a need for many these days, my dad has a core2 machine rocking away nicely for his needs and he generally uses his tablet for everyday use.

    The days of every house buying a new PC every 3 years are over.

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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Percy1983 View Post

    The days of every house buying a new PC every 3 years are over.
    Loads of businesses are now on a 5 year refresh rather than 3 year.

    (written from a 6 year old x200s 1.6 core2duo laptop)

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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Percy1983 View Post
    There just isn't a need for many these days, my dad has a core2 machine rocking away nicely for his needs and he generally uses his tablet for everyday use.

    The days of every house buying a new PC every 3 years are over.
    i agree, compared to the x800xt / socket 775 days, its as though PCs have now become fast enough to not require upgrades for some time

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    Re: PC market slips about 10 per cent in Q2 2015

    For the purposes most people, with the notable exception of enthusiastic gamers, a PC bought five years ago was plenty powerful enough to do the vast majority of day-to-day jobs, like web browsing, email, WP, etc. So .... why replace a PC that's doing the job, unless it packs up?

    Okay, maybe you add a bigger HD, or add storage in the form of external HD or NAS. But other than that, for many people, why bother?

    And then there's a good few that find they can do much, or most, and possibly all of what they want/need on a tablet. So there's even less reason to upgrade/replace a PC is it's being used less and less.

    I'm not surprised the market's slipped by 10%, other than perhaps mild surprise it's not more than that.

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