It has been many a seasons whereby tablet devices have outsold and outshined notebook computers worldwide. In fact, forget direct competition — the laptop market is fighting its very own battles these days thanks to dropping interest in these devices.

And while keeping up is hard enough as it is, luck also seems like it is not on the side of notebook makers. There is chance that global shipments in Q1 2014 may suffer anywhere around a 10 percent to 20 percent dip in sales in the first quarter of the year.

This report cites weather hazards in the United States, to go with labor shortages in China, where most of these units are manufactured.

Harsh weather conditions and severe cold has affected business in states like Illinois, Indiana and Montana in the US — and this has resulted in notebook retailers having a hard time selling their inventories. And this is, actually, with the Windows XP retirement looming in plain sight.

The abovementioned report cites Quanta Computer, a large vendor that claimed that it managed to ship around 12.1 million notebooks in Q4 2013 with Apple and HP were its two biggest clients.

But even with figures like these, the company now expects shipments to drop, at least for the first few months of the year, something to the tune of 10 to 20 percent.

Though times for notebook makers — tougher still foreseen.

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