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Renewed interest in laptops, desktops
There are still millions smartphones being sold – including in the early part of this year – but it seems there is still a strong market for laptops and desktop PCs, no matter what trends the market research people are serving up, says Christopher Riley, CEO of laptop and accessories company, The Notebook Company.
“A total of 1-billion smartphones were sold in 2013, with tablets expected to sell nearly 200-million units worldwide during 2015. But despite these impressive numbers, there is still a strong demand for laptop and desktop PCs – they are not dying out just yet,” says Riley.
About 300-million portable PCs were sold in 2014, a bit up from the previous year, and prospects look good for sales increases to continue in 2015.
The facts are that smartphones and tablets simply cannot do what larger-form PCs can do, especially in a business setting. The bottomline is that they just cannot perform as quickly or efficiently as laptops or desktop PCs for most of the work force.
“This is what still makes them alluring – and the fact that smaller form computers will never be able to do what larger ones can do. And that’s still a fact.”
In fact, there was renewed interest in laptops and desktops at the Consumer Electronics Show ( CES) earlier this year – and manufacturers are fired up to produce what they need to.
Tablet sales, especially by the Apple and Google knockoffs, have fallen, and even iPads and Android tablets have witnessed sales go down in the last 12 to 18 months.
“But there is still a stalwart demand for laptops and desktop PCs – as highlighted by this year’s CES,” says Riley.
Due to obvious renewed interest in laptops and desktops at this year’s prestigious CES, manufacturers like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Samsung, and Toshiba – among a larger list of other players – are ready for any uptick in sales.