PC Briefs: PC forecast, Toshiba

PC Briefs: PC forecast, Toshiba

PC forecast is on the rebound

Strong third-quarter PC sales have led Gartner to increase its fourth-quarter PC shipment projections to 47.2 million units worldwide, it said. Gartner now predicts that worldwide PC shipments will reach 164.3 million for the whole of 2003, up 10.9 per cent on 2002. In September, Gartner predicted that 2003 shipments would be 8.3 per cent higher than the previous year, but has changed that estimate due to strong third-quarter results, led by the home and small office markets, it said. However, the research company said it remained cautious in its overall outlook. Demand in the large corporate sector was still lacklustre, except in Europe, where the exchange rate between the Euro and the US dollar had been driving growth, Gartner said.

Toshiba launches mobile hard drive

Toshiba has released a new mobile storage device as part of its 1.8-inch hard disk drive line. The 5GB Type II PC Card hard disk drive is available now, priced at $499 with a one-year warranty.The company claims the device offers mobile computer users the highest HDD capacity in a sub-2.5-inch form factor. Compatible with any Type II PC Card slot, the drive also functions as an external HDD with backup storage capacity suitable for large multi-media files and presentations. It can also be used as a “bridge” device for transferring data between computers or from equipment with PC card slots such as high end digital cameras. The data back-up capacity is equivalent to 3472 floppy disks or more than seven CDs. The low power device weighs 55g and has a footprint about the size of a credit card.

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