By Lisa Johnston
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Framingham, Mass. – Worldwide shipments of PCs to consumers will fall 15 percent this year and there is little reason to believe the category will see positive growth in the future, according to a report by IDC.
IDC noted that several different reasons to not buy a new PC are now pressing down on the category. The primary cause remains consumer interest in tablets and smartphones, but second is that there is no compelling reason for people to go out and replace their current computer.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
El Segundo, Calif. — Computer distributors are keeping very few PC in inventory in response to slowing sales in the category, said IHS iSuppli .
IHS said the slim inventory levels, which were in the 30-day range during the fourth quarter, are in direct response to increased consumer demand for smartphones and tablets at the expense of the computer market.
Santa Clara, Calif. – The Ultrabook and ultra-thin notebook categories are being hindered by a lack of ultra-slim and touch-capable panels, according to an NPD DisplaySearch report.
Richard Shim, a senior analyst for NPD DisplaySearch, said design demands for the super-thin panels tied to unproven consumer desires for touch on notebooks is forcing panel makers to shy away from manufacturing large amounts of this specialized glass. Instead these factories are maintaining their focus on creating touchscreens for the tablet and smartphone markets.
LAS VEGAS – Vizio will roll out its spring computer line this week adding a new thin and light laptop and a large-screen Windows 8 tablet.
The new products are the Vizio 14-inch Thin + Light Touch laptop and the Vizio 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet. These introductions mark the company’s first refresh of its computer line since it entered the PC space in June 2012.
New York — Custom computer creator Maingear recently added the Nomad 15 gaming computer to the market.
The Nomad 15 is available with several storage and memory options and is specifically geared toward games requiring the latest mobile hardware.
This 15-inch gaming laptop supports third-generation Intel quad-core processors up to 3.8GHz. It has a solid-state-drive caching option for the hard-disk-drive storage for faster boot-up.