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Notebook Shipments In 2014 Expected To Drop By Around 6.6%

Ah, the perennial questions of tablets versus notebooks. Laptops and even desktop PCs are expected to mount a bit of a comeback these next couple of quarters as we approach the retirement date of Windows XP in April 2014.

Along with the looming retirement of the classic operating system, another factor that seems to be at play here is the push behind touch enabled notebooks and ultrabooks.

Brand vendors have been announcing and releasing touchscreen laptops left and right these past few weeks, and a bunch more are expected to hit store shelves in the next months. In fact, shipments of touchscreen enabled models are on track to rise from 8.2 percent in 2013 to 16.5 percent in 2014.

But despite this, it appears that the assault from tablets will be too much to handle for laptops.

According to these latest predictions, global shipments of notebooks are on track to fall by around 13 percent in 2013, and another 6.6 percent in 2014.

Tablets, without doubt, continue to entice the technology world like nothing.

This new forecast also includes Chromebook models, by the way, and these type of models are expect to make around 5 percent of overall shipments in 2015 — still a fair while away.

Anyway, the estimates for 2014 in terms of brand vendors are quite similar to this year. Companies like HP, Toshiba and Samsung will continue with their conservative market strategies, while names like Lenovo and Dell will try an aggressive route.

Two leading makers Acer and Asus, meanwhile, are forecasted to lose further market share in 2013.

And when you consider that the same goes for Apple, then the fact that this is a terribly volatile yet highly competitive market becomes plain evident.

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