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Gartner Says PC Shipments Will Grow 4.4 Percent in 2012

Dec 6, 2011
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Worldwide PC shipments are on pace to total 368 million units in 2012, a 4.4 percent increase from 2011, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. PC shipments are forecast to see higher growth by the end of 2013, when shipments are expected to reach more than 400 million units.

"PC shipments will remain weak in 2012, as the PC market plays catch up in bringing a new level of innovation that consumers want to see in devices they purchase," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "The real question is whether Windows 8 and ultrabooks will create the compelling offering that gets the earlier adopter of devices excited about PCs again."

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they talk about ultrabooks like they its going to be some addictive/infectous new craze thats going to engulf the entire world similar to that of the ipads and pads in general.

Its not going to work unless they are priced competitively. Netbooks are dirt cheap, sure they might not pack that much power or bling compared to ultrabooks but you get what you pay for. a side from the bigger screen and thin body thats probably too thin house any discrete GPUs that arent an improvement over the Intel GMA stuff it has nothing going for it.

I dont think ultrabooks will take the market by storm.

"The real question is whether Windows 8 and ultrabooks will create the compelling offering that gets the earlier adopter of devices excited about PCs again."

No it wont. an ultrabooks is a far cry from the performance of a PC. PCs arent slim and ultraportable like ultrabooks, they are big and brash, and give you uber leet gaming experiences then hand you an electricity bill to match at the end of the month

and lets face it....If a consumer is thinking they want to buy a pc after they just bought a ultrabook it would obviously be because the consumer requires more grunt under the hood that the ultrabook cant provide in which case makes the ultrabook a bad buy.

why is the ultrabook better then a cheap netbook for something you just want to carry around then dump in the corner and forget when you get home while you power on your leet uber $2000 gaming pc???

Like i said have said in a previous post before, Its because I have a beast in a box at home that I tolerate a smaller, slower and underpowered machine while out on the road.

the price of ultrabooks is key to its success.
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Mobile, smart phones, tablets and notebooks ultra thin are nice but do not replace a Desktop Personal Computer imo. I can see people looking at convenience for the mobiles but for me I get a little twitch in my stomach itching to play a game on my desktop, I don't get that itch or twitch using my tablet or blackberry. :D