Thursday, January 16, 2014

Is the era of the cheap PC over ?

Do you remember when PCs looked like this and cost £3,000 ? In those days, the PC was an office productivity device and, let's be honest, not much fun unless you were a nerd. PCs were going to remain specialist business tools until standards coalesced around the PC-compatible and volumes built until the cost fell to within the reach of the consumer. Since then, of course, the PC has enjoyed a meteoric rise until the advent of the tablet and smartphone.

Figures released this month by Gartner show the seventh consecutive quarter of PC sales decline. From it's peak in 2011 the number of PCs shipped per year has fallen more than 12%. Today's mobile devices are simply more convenient and more fun. Does this mean that the traditional PC is going to revert to being specialist equipment. High end desktops and laptops can cost four figures today. If the bottom end of the PC market gets eaten by mobile devices, perhaps the end is in sight for the cheap PC

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