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Tablets taking noticeable toll on desktop, notebook sales

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Tue May 24, 2011

Acer suffers worst blow

Media tablets, primarily the iPad, are beginning to have a serious impact on the sale of regular desktop and notebook computers, says research firm IHS iSuppli. The firm reports that global PC shipments amounted to 81.3 million units in Q1 2011, a decline of 0.3 percent from the 81.6 million tallied in Q1 2010. Three out of the top five PC makers recorded distinct shipment declines, with the worst hit being the third-ranked Acer.

Acer saw its shipments drop 20.4 percent, from 11.6 million units to 9.2 million. IHS blames the loss on Acer's reliance on netbooks, which tablets more directly challenge. Acer has only recently tried to introduce its own media tablets, which may be doing better than expected in spite of lackluster reviews.

IHS cautions that "the jury is still out" on the degree to which tablets are damaging PC sales. It suggests, however, that "the rising number of tablet models on the market, along with certain high-profile product launches during the first quarter, caused confusion among consumers as to exactly how to view the tablet platform relative to the PC platform. This contributed to the PC sales decline in the first quarter."

The Q1 impact may not be replicated on a grander scale. Q4 2010 was the "best period ever" for PC sales, fueled by corporate interest, IHS notes. The firm estimates that the market will still grow 8 percent in CY2011 from 345 to 373 million units. The increase would nevertheless be shallower than the 14 percent marked for CY2010.

Outside of Acer, the other PC makers in the top five were HP, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba. HP slipped 2.1 percent in Q1 2011 shipments, but still managed an 18.9 percent marketshare, leaving it as the top PC vendor. Dell held onto second place with a 12.9 percent share. Lenovo and Toshiba -- fourth and fifth in the rankings -- grew their shipments to take 10 and 5.8 percent of the market.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The True Genius Of Steve Jobs

    It's now exceedingly clear: all these years "the computer for the rest of us" wasn't the Mac - that was only the best that could be done with the technology available at each point in time. The real "computer for the rest of us" is the iPad. That's the true genius of Steve Jobs.

    Apple has set the bar. And while they all scramble to catch up and reinvent themselves no one else has even come close.

  1. Oliver_Clozoff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Is Crushing It!

    More proof that Apple is crushing it!

    "Lead, follow, or get out of the way":
    Apple is leading, many are trying to follow (copy), and some have gotten out of the way (given up).

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just the beginning

    iPad is already disrupting the stagnant, legacy pee cee market. And, as stated in the latest iPad 2 ad, it's "just the beginning."

  1. macbones

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A denominator

    So Apple sold about 8.5 million computers, counting the iPad in that time frame. Better than 10%. not bad, APPL.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    We are all great!

    We all use, consume, enjoy, transpire, and excrete APPL!

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks Like Arne ...

    ... and his assorted aliases have attacked the forums.

    MacNN should investigate and remove all of him. At least it's now clear which ones he is.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just like the Donald!

    iTards see conspiracies everywhere...

  1. facebook_Pete

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    Joined: May 2011


    Its ok.. let Arne Troll to his full delight..

    the tard and his many, many aliases along with many other trolls are just a bunch of losers with no jobs and nothing better to do then to troll on mac websites because he oh wait a minute.. "they" are just plain jealous of the Mac and its wonderful iOS. His windows machines is just pissing him off he needs to take it out on the mac users.

    Poor sucker has nothing better to do then just troll all day and add positive scores to his rants by using many of his aliases.

    Sucka to be you Arne.... Get a fscking life loser!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: thnikkaman

    "He was slightly tolerable at first"

    Were my posts not offensive enough at first?

    I thought I had gotten soft.

    Or have the forum members become more intolerant to non followers of the "Jobsian Cult"...

    Care to elaborate?

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh arne

    yet another singular wit joins the fray.
    tell me, do you simpletons have a little book you haul around so you can pull it out and look up your clever little sayings? cause, seriously pumpkin, iTards is just fall down funny stuff! really, no kidding. such a wit! singular even. why, the only word that comes to mind is "SNAP!". well done, laddie.

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