DigiTimes heard from its sources that sales of desktop PCs are expected to fall 15 percent this year, with some brand vendors seeing their sales collapse by over 20 percent. As a result, many upstream component suppliers are reportedly focusing their attention to other areas.
Notebook sales on the other hand seem to be recovering, All-in-One PC sales are stable and the small Mini PC segment is seeing strong growth:
Global notebook shipments have started recovering since the third quarter, but the desktop segment continued declining, while related enterprise and education procurement orders have also been dropping as the trend of notebooks replacing desktops expands.
However, the all-in-one PC continues to see stable shipments, while mini PC products are enjoying strong growth.
First-tier vendors such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell and Lenovo have all been seriously impacted by the desktop shipment drop, but smaller vendors such as Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology and Asustek Computer have seen significant support from their mini PC products.