Booming sales of flippy detachables offers hope to glum PC market

Businesses want in too

Surface Book
A Surface tablet with a detachable keyboard.

Booming sales of computers and tablets with detachable and rotating keyboards brought some cheer to the ailing PC market in the first quarter of 2016, according to research.

Sales of detachables and convertibles rose 40 per cent to 3.6 million units in the first quarter of the year, offering a boon to the shrinking computer market, according to IDC.

The Western European PC and tablet market contracted by 13.7 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period in 2015, said analyst firm IDC. Total shipments in that quarter reached 18.2 million units.

Andrea Minonne, research analyst at IDC EMEA Personal Computing, attributed the growth in detachables and convertibles to their greater flexibility.

"Convertible notebooks and detachables are the most suitable device to guarantee functionality and mobility at the same time," he said.

Marta Fiorentini, research manager, IDC EMEA Personal Computing, said businesses are also beginning to use the gizmos.

"We expect an acceleration in detachable deployments in the coming months as companies evaluate the new and more powerful commercial designs that have recently been introduced.

"Interest from enterprises is clear and this form factor seems to be a perfect fit with their mobility strategies. In some countries, we also see detachable deployments taking place in the public sector, which is usually more traditional in its form factor choices and often challenged by budget constraints." ®

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