I don’t like to see shipments of any product drop but maybe it means more people are upgrading and getting their old ones repaired instead of purchasing new ones. Since PC repairs and upgrades in the Springfield MO area is what I do it might be good for business. Personally I have not upgraded in over 4 years other than from Vista to Windows 7 as my Intel Duo E6580 @ 3.00 GHz with 4 gigs of RAM system is still capable of doing way more than I need. I’m not a gamer like I used to be and even if I was my current system would probably work ok, but I’m sure I would have upgraded by now if I played them as much as I used to.
For now, Gartner is pegging the worldwide shipment decline at 1.4 percent from the same period in 2010. IDC calculated the decrease at just 0.2 percent.
The slight downturn had been expected for several reasons, chiefly the growing popularity of mobile devices that are more convenient, less expensive and almost as powerful PCs.