Portable devices hold desktop monitor shipments down
The market analyst firm said that the total desktop monitor shipments reached only 34.2 million—a level unseen since the third quarter of 2004, when LCD monitors, including CRTs, fell to 33.3 million units.
Desktop monitor shipments decreased 3 per cent quarter over quarter, and 2 per cent on yearly basis. This was also the tenth consecutive decrease for this market, which started during the fourth quarter of 2010, just less than a year after tablet PCs entered the market.
The decline is associated with the all-time low shipment of LCD TV monitors in 2013 (see HEVC goes mainstream, enables up to 8K content).
There are several factors that caused the desktop PC markets to shrink, says NPD DisplaySearch. The desktop monitor market was already a very developed market, with shipments reaching a peak of 180 million in 2007.
10-year desktop monitor shipment performance, from 2004 to 2014. Source: NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment & Forecast report, May 2014.
The effect of notebook PC penetration was moderate, since the replacement from desktop PCs to notebook PCs was gradually happening, even before tablet PCs entered the market, but portable smart devices truly became the biggest disruption to the traditional usage model for personal computing devices. Smartphones and phablets grabbed many end users from the traditional PC and notebook PC consumer markets.
With even greater penetration of mobile PCs in the market, the desktop monitor market would continue to decrease and this trend would also be increasingly difficult to reverse in the coming years.
- Julien Happich
EE Times Europe
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