Boom Times Ahead For PC Vendors
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Boom times are ahead according to a new computer shipments report, which claims that PC sales are expected to grow by 22 percent in 2010.

New research from Gartner claims that sales are expected to be primarily driven by home computers, representing a 29.5 percent increase compared to 13.1 percent projected for the enterprise market.

The report also assessed the potential impact from tablet devices, such as apples iPad. Although netbook shipments are continuing to grow rapidly, with a preliminary estimate of 41.8 million units by the end of the year, tablet share is expected to decline from 18.6 percent of the mobile computer market in 2010 to 13.9 percent by 2014.

“The mini-notebook segment will be impacted by increasingly competitive ultra-low-voltage (ULV) products, the decreasing prices of all mobile PCs and the maturing preferences of consumers,” said Gartner analyst, Raphael Vasquez. Some consumers purchased mini-notebooks based solely on price. Many consumers are now choosing purchases up the price curve rather than at the bottom of it.”

Netbook growth is expected to be significantly slashed by tablet devices from 2013 onward, as the netbook market matures and tablet prices begin to decline while functionality improves. Gartner forecasts 10 million media tablets to ship in 2010, while the PC tablet group is only expected to reach 2 million units by the end of the year.