The PC market is shrinking worldwide whether it be the notebook, desktop, or convertible. Market research firm IDC has updated its forecast on the PC market to be down an additional 2 percent this year for a total fall 7.3 percent YoY. Q1 2016 was also very weak with shipments down 12.5 percent compared to a predicted fall of just 11.3 percent. The firm is pointing its fingers towards continuing global political and economic problems as major reasons for the low numbers.
Nonetheless, IDC is expecting the market to stabilize by 2018. Current predictions show a total of 152.3 million notebooks shipped worldwide by the end of 2016 of which 84.8 million will reach mature markets (MM) and the rest in emerging markets (EM). Desktops should also reach 103.3 million in the same time frame (MM: 38.3 million, EM: 65.1 million). Together, both desktops and notebooks should total 255.6 million this year (MM: 123.1 million, EM: 132.6 million).
While the general PC trend is negative, the enthusiast-level gaming market is expected to rise just slightly due to VR and its demanding hardware requirements.
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.