Punters flocked to all-in-one desktops in 2011
Sales soar by 40%
The all-in-one desktop PC market is booming, with world sales up 39 per cent during 2011.
Some 14.5m of the screen-centric machines shipping during the past 12 months, market watcher DisplaySearch said this week. It reckons the total will top 23.3m all-in-ones by 2014.
A third of the machines that shipped in 2011 were Apple iMacs, with the remainder being divided between Lenovo and HP.
Apple took 32.9 per cent of the market in Q3 2011, Lenovo 22.7 per cent and HP 21.4 per cent. Those figures are set to reflect the full-year scores.
HP took the wraps off its latest AiO, the Omni 27, today. LG said it will show off its new V300 AiO at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week. ®
Why would anyone want to carry a heavy laptop or be tied to a desk?
Because they need the power to run cpu, ram and disk intensive applications on or off line and in the case of laptops in different locations.
Like the mentioned 27" HP monster, PC makers seem bent on making bigger and bigger screens, doesn't anyone make an all-in-one smaller than 20"?
Reminds me of the way laptops got ever bigger screens until someone asked "Wouldn't it be nice if laptops were actually portable?" and netbooks were created.
"Will there be any room in future markets for traditional PCs?"
Oh god, not that one again...
"A third of the machines that shipped in 2011 were Apple iMacs, with the remainder being divided between Lenovo and HP."
So a third each, or did someone other than Apple gain more than a third market share?
The uncluttered option?
It makes sense, an all in one is a tidier as well as more aesthetically appealing option for some home users. As the Lenovo and HP options are punted as Media Systems it's a logical alternative to buying the kids (or household) a second TV and PC. Two birds, one stone.
I think the swing towards this trend is that all in one systems are thinner and better looking than the predecessors of circa 5 years back.