PC Shipments See Growth in 2009

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Despite being a fairly abominable year, it seems that PC manufacturers managed to see a little growth in 2009, with the Christmas season proving just enough of a boost to give the market some small growth over the year.

Low cost netbooks have helped keep the industry alive.

While the humble netbook was long credited with keeping PC sales up while times were hard it seems that the industry also saw healthy growth from the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7. While the overall growth shows last year was up just 2.3% on 2008, Cnet is reporting that the period just after the launch of Windows 7 saw PC shipments up 15.2%.

If nothing else, this means that Windows 7 has managed to pull in more custom, which is always good news, but it’s also worth pointing out that there had been an unusually high number of potential PC owners putting off picking up a new machine until Windows 7 hit, despite the numerous cheap and free upgrade packages floating around in an attempt to encourage PC sales in the run up to Microsoft’s big release.

Of course, not all of this is down to Microsoft’s just having released Windows 7; there’s a significant amount of importance to be put on the fact that Windows 7 seems to have met, and in many cases exceeded, expectations. After the release of Windows Vista, there had been those worried that Windows 7 would perform similarly at launch, leading to a reserved attitude, one that seems to have been unjustified, given the level of popularity Windows 7 has gained.

For now, netbook sales will likely slow again, with many waiting for Intel’s new line of “Pine Trail” processors to bolster its Atom line up. We’ll be curious to see whether or not netbooks capable of pushing a little more performance will help push the market positively again.

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2 Responses to “PC Shipments See Growth in 2009”

  1. Wizartar Says:

    The problem with sales is most computers are too powerful for just the general everyday uses. Hence why things like iPhone and Netbooks can accommodate most people’s needs. The desktop PC is just about dead for all but PC gamers. For everybody else a good laptop will do everything.

    As a power user I have one Desktop that kicks ass (18 months old) and is only turned on for Gaming or Adobe Premier. For DVD & movies I’ve a small little Shuttle (Barebones, speaking of which where did they all go! You guys used to have great selection). Then finally a three year old laptop which I use about 60% of the time.

    What used to drive my upgrade cycle was the gaming industry, but they’ve all moved off to consoles. There aren’t any games out now that would require an upgrade. As for the Adobe Premier stuff, I want to get somewhere around 50% performance increase.

    But Intel in a cleaver move has broken up the high-end and mid-low end into two distinct sections. Core i7 9xx that support Quickpath and then everything else below. People who need serious memory bandwidth should really be getting CPUs with Quickpath. While people who are just after good value can stick to the Core i7 8xx which don’t. This stops people from OC a chip and getting “free” performance which was possible with the old Quad-Core chips. Buy a 2.4 or 2.66 and a lot of times you’re getting upwards of 3.2+ on the Overclock, while saving back then a couple hundred. Intel for the most part have closed this door. To get to the power level I would consider worth upgrading to costs about 1,400 for just the CPU, RAM & MoBo.

    Everything interesting in the computer market is happening in the low end performance stuff and it’s not directly PC related. Netbooks, Smartphone, proper tablets not just laptops with touch screens. What has me spending money on hardward these days is if it’s cool! Hence why Apple are the ones taking most of my money.

    The market isn’t dead or dieing it’s just changing to different types of devices. I can see TVs in the future having mini Linux and hard disk to watch movies stream of the internet and surf the web as standard features.

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