We recently pointed out that 2013 would be the year in which smaller tablet PC shipments (especially 7” and 8”) would surpass larger tablet PC shipments (such as 9.7” and 10.1”). Tablet PCs are starting to overlap with larger smart phones, as well as with ultra-slim notebook PCs. Continue Reading
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Apple announced on Monday a new addition to its MacBook Pro family, a $2,199 unit featuring a 15.4” screen with 2880 by 1800 resolution. Continue Reading
Computex 2012 takes place this week in Taiwan. The show opened with a special Intel media conference in which over 50 Ultrabooks are being demonstrated. Continue Reading
To many the end of the mini-note, or netbook, era can’t come fast enough. Poor performance and low margins plagued consumers and brands alike. Continue Reading
While the desktop monitor market is far from the boom market that it once was, it is still a very large market. Even though it is mature, it is not immune to the challenges associated with high-volume, big ticket commodity purchasing. Desktop displays are caught between a rock and a hard place with the upgrade cycle from CRT to LCD essentially complete across the globe, and with only minor demand generated by multi-monitor usage, notebook/monitor bundles, and standard-to-wide upgrades. Monitors are quite necessary in the overall computing landscape and are still a big source of TFT LCD demand, but they have lost control of their own cost structure. Supply/demand dynamics for LCD TV panels have the greatest impact on LCD monitor pricing, and demand from personal computers with embedded displays (like tablets, notebooks, netbooks, and AIOs) affects both the long-term outlook for desktop displays and the near-term pricing for panels.