Ultraportable PC shipments forecast to reach 34.4M for 2014

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acer c720 Ultraportable shipments are forecasted to continue expanding globally. This demonstrates that there is still a need for these devices even with a dreary PC market, and by 2019 ultraportables will experience a CAGR increase of 26 percent to 109.4 million units. ?Ultraportables continue to be a strong force in the PC market and ABI Research expects shipments to continue growing through 2019,? said ABI research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. ?While the PC market?s growth is declining, it is also continuing to fragment, with a plethora of choices including variations in OS, form factor (i.e., hybrid, convertible, swivel) display size, and weight/thickness. ?With ASP?s forecast to drop by 6.5 percent year-on-year, the year 2014 will focus on the budget-conscious consumer and vendors are responding to the changing market landscape with devices like ultraportables.? Beyond ultraportables, ABI Research still sees the broader portable PC market continuing its struggle to regain high market growth, but due to the overcrowding of the market may never relive those high growth numbers. Chromebooks, however, are another low cost growth story. ?Initial Chromebook adoption was slow due to consumer hesitation and questionable need, but Chromebooks have now managed to present themselves as a disruptive force and ABI Research expects shipments to grow by 56 percent year over year for the year 2014,? said Van Vactor. ?Chromebooks are gaining interest among consumers due to their low-price point, cloud services, and vertical market integration, especially among businesses and institutions.? Looking ahead, ABI Research expects cost, connectivity, and greater reliance on cloud services to be driving forces of the ultraportable PC market. As expected, overall notebook PC shipments slowed after the holiday season but the market is still going strong. The year 2014 will be an important deciding factor for Chromebooks and the trajectory of the notebook PC market in general. Cloud services and storage are becoming one of the more essential components for the mobile industry and users are interested in devices that offer these services. ]]>

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