Global shipments of personal computers in the first quarter of 2011 accounted for 84.3 million units, down 1.1 percent from the same period if 2010. It is below the earlier 3 percent growth forecast and the first year-over-year decline in six quarters, according to a new research report released by Gartner.
“Weak demand for consumer PCs was the biggest inhibitor of growth,” stated to Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, according to Daily News and Analysis. “Consumers turned their attention to media tablets and other consumer electronics. With the launch of the iPad 2 in February, more consumers either switched to buying an alternative device, or simply held back from buying PCs. We’re investigating whether this trend is likely to have a long-term effect on the PC market.”
Figures from another research, IDC, are even worse – PC shipments worldwide declined by 3.2 percent year-over-year, according to its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. IDC had a relatively conservative forecast of 1.5 percent increase in unit shipments, PCMag.com reported.
“While it’s tempting to blame the decline completely on the growth of media tablets, we believe other factors, including extended PC lifetimes and the lack of compelling new PC experiences, played equally significant roles,” said Bob O’Donnell, IDC researcher.