Despite chalking up growth last year, the LCD monitor market has almost peaked, according to market analyst, IDC.
Widescreen models proved the biggest sellers, with shipments growing 27.8 per cent over the previous quarter. However, growth like that cannot last, IDC senior analyst, Lily Lin, said.
"LCDs have followed the same trends as PCs which has led to their growth, but upgrades to LCD [from CRT] have almost finished," she said. "Demand won't be as strong in the year ahead and the market might even shrink a little."
While there was a shortage of 17-inch and 19-inch panels early in Q3, IDC found prices remained stable. This was the result of some vendors absorbing any price increases, and others keeping enough inventory on hand to weather the storm. Monitors above 20-inches in size weren't affected by the shortage, she said.
Lin said the release of Windows Vista might help sell some larger or widescreen LCD monitors with its heavy support of digital media.
Top five monitor vendors in Q3, 2006, were as follows: Samsung 21 per cent, Viewsonic (19.2), LG (14.5), BenQ (12.7) and Chimei (9.1). Others accounted for 23.5 per cent of the market.