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PC shipments to fall for
first time in 11 years - forecast

CNN Money, by David Goldman

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/10/2012 6:48:51 PM

New York - Shipments of personal computers are on pace to fall this year for the first time since the dot-com bust of 2001, according to a new forecast from IHS iSuppli. That would be a stunning turn of events for a industry that at the beginning of the year seemed poised for a surge. Intel hyped its new Ultrabook laptop design as the catalyst the moribund PC market needed and predicted that ultrabooks would represent 40% of all laptop sales by the end of the year. MIcrosoft's upcoming Windows 8 fueled hope among industry players that PC tablets would

That's going to hurt every computer company except Apple whose iPad, iPhone and iMac sales are all up. Windows 8 is getting slammed in reviews with more people vowing to stay with Windows 7 than to switch. On top of that add the NON-recovery we have. Why spend more money you don't have?


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 10/10/2012 7:00:49 PM     (No. 8924100)

When everyone already has a non-Intel smart phone or tablet, sure, the demand for new PCs falls off.

Does it just fall a couple percent, or does it fall a bunch, that's the question.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 10/10/2012 7:15:40 PM     (No. 8924127)

A lot of this fall-off is due to better technology. I use my smartphone to check bank balances, stocks, weather, etc. Things I used to use the desktop for.

That said, I still need that desktop for printing and photo-shopping my pictures, on-line shopping and several other uses that the smartphone does not do well but lots more folks don't need that desktop box.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 10/10/2012 7:31:26 PM     (No. 8924160)

The hardware and software have become so good that there is no rush to upgrade.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kelty, 10/10/2012 8:05:23 PM     (No. 8924237)

I've noticed for several years that hardcore computers are returning from whence they came - the primordial terrain of the true geek.

What formally would have been "normal" non-geek kids and young adults are getting along on their smartphone or tablet alone post-school. They no longer enjoy computers because all the functions that finally drew them to computers are now handheld-based.

They don't want one and email is seen as an old-people thing.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Madinmaryland, 10/10/2012 8:44:29 PM     (No. 8924294)

I'm asking for an IPad for Christmas.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 10/10/2012 10:19:15 PM     (No. 8924457)

On a related topic, fellow LDotters, I'm holding my poor computer together w/duct tape to keep it from exploding from much that I read on it here. In the market for new one, but I really don't know much about them!! (This one was was barely used when I got it 8 yrs ago!)Any tips on best stores to shop for new, best questions to ask about what I need, brands to lean toward or against? Thanks!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: PapayaSF, 10/10/2012 10:31:17 PM     (No. 8924476)

Get a Mac and you won't go back. ;->

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/11/2012 1:08:23 AM     (No. 8924693)

They can hype, they can introduce, but if people don't have jobs, they will not buy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bob913, 10/11/2012 1:17:14 AM     (No. 8924705)

Windows 8 is so bad even the #2 stock holder and co-founder Paul Allen doesn't know why Microsoft got rid of the Start button or will force users to use the tiles (formally called Metro) when starting the pc.
Microsoft renames Metro to Modern UI.....

You do not need to spend $1,000 anymore.
For $600 or even less you can get a very good pc that will last and last. I would suggest an Intel i5 processor or for a little more, a i7. You would actually hardly notice a difference between the two unless you are editing videos or doing 3d graphics.

Try here for your search:

Or www.newegg.com

Look at the most expensive and the least expensive. You will find that the least expensive has most of what you need. Look for USB 3.0 and maybe eSata connections and the size of hard drive. 6 to 8GB of ram comes with most new pc's, which is plenty. It will be Windows 7 64bit and more then likely you will get an discount for installing Windows 8 later.

Plus get a ASUS monitor.

I just bought a ASUS VE278Q 27" LED monitor. You can buy it online for under $300!
It set itself up. I just adjusted the brightness a bit and the picture is perfect. It is solidly built.

Unlike a very unsteady Viewsonic vx2753mh monitor I tried. The power went off and on and the monitor rocked back and forth. I returned it.

Get a backup external drive at Staples.com called Seagate Freeagent GoFlex USB 3.0
For 1TB size, under $85 (sale) and $70 for a 500GB size. Maybe upload to some cloud storage site and your data is protected.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tech10171968, 10/11/2012 7:15:34 AM     (No. 8924920)

A few years ago computers got to the point where they often posessed more power than the average user actually needed. Email, texting, YouTube, etc - no one needs a liquid-cooled, quad-core processor with a gazillion gigabytes of RAM for any of that. For that matter, you really don't even need Windows for that, as quite a few users out there are discovering alternative OS's.

Those last two sentences just described 90% of the mobile device market to a "T". Most handheld devices aren't running Intel chips, nor are they running anything from Microsoft - think iOS for Apple and (believe it or not) Android is just a modified version of Linux. Microsoft's coming in pretty late to the game here.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 10/13/2012 3:20:09 AM     (No. 8929636)

Thanks so much, 7,9 & 10. Will have your helpful notes w/me when I hit the big stores in a week or so.

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