PC shipments are set to experience a significant bounce back this year, according to an analyst firm.
Gartner forecasts the Asia-Pacific PC market will grow 20.3 per cent in 2010, reaching 114.6 million shipments. Spend is expected to grow 12.4 per cent, compared to 2.9 per cent in 2009. This was due to a sharper decline in prices for PCs.
Gartner claims that between 2009 and 2014, the Asia-Pacific PC market will register a compound average growth rate of 15.7 per cent.
Emerging PC markets will lead the growth – especially China and India. South Asian markets such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam are also expected to perform strongly.
In mature markets like Australia, the business sector will be the strongest growth area for PC shipments in 2010. This is due to replacements that have been held off during the past 18 months.
PC shipments for these regions are expected to reach more than 5.3 million, up 13.5 per cent over 2009, compared to last year’s growth rate of 0.3 per cent.
Gartner also predicted the demand of the mini-notebook, or netbook, is expected to taper off in mature markets from 2010, but will remain attractive to the student demographics.
This trend can be attributed to increased competition from other value-priced better performance mobile PCs and new devices, such as the Apple iPad.
Gartner identifies mature markets as Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.