Further into the Matrix: Why Are Getting Ourselves More Computers Now?
Well, it was to be expected, we guess, with most of our lives relocating into cyberspace even more than it had already had before the pandemic… But still, it’s a bit of a surprise that the new figures show such an increase in computers’ purchase. True enough, now that almost every activity, from buying food to studying any subject requires going online, you’d want to have the best, the fastest, the most reliable desktop / laptop / notebook you can get your hands on. With all due respect to the smartphones, and despite all the virtuoso one-finger-typing skills current generation of users mastered, for some heavy duty work (or entertainment, for that matter) we need more comfortable keys and bigger screens.
But still. It’s been more than quite a while since when Those in the Know (and those wanting to be in the trend) judged the computer-making very nearly the thing of the past, the road explored through and through, no way to make them better in any meaningful way…
And yet, look where we are now. Once this year will run out, market experts forecast, the overall sales of these “no-longer-en-vogue” things will skyrocket by 13.2 percent as opposed to 2020. That’s instead of holding on to what we already have and, theoretically, could use until the kingdom comes (hopefully not too soon). And yes, judging by the fact that the strongest position is held by the most modern, mightily advanced models – the slimmest, the lightest and at the same time best-equipped ones – it doesn’t appear that we are buying new ones in droves just because the existing ones have worn out due to overly heavy use. No, we do use them heavily. But we still want better ones to use, therefore the spike. The desktop and regular laptop models together (26 and 18.1 percent respectively) don’t match the 44.3% of ultra slims.
Furthermore, now that life (fingers crossed) seems to carefully be creeping back to normal, what with vaccines and all, the cry for new machines doesn’t seem to show any sign of subsiding. After the 2021 being set to beat the record of 2020 (when the pandemic was in full swing, pushing online schooling, working, theatre / cinema-going and even clubbing, to a point, towards the unseen levels), the 2022 is predicted to outdo even these projected figures.
So then, which kind of PCs are we after now and what do they offer which is (despite all the previous prophesying) still attractive? Well, judging by the statistics and prognosis, they are turning out to be more instrumental to our work than we used to think, quarantines or no quarantines. Whereas a year ago most of the buyers seemed to invest in gaming machines, in desktop or notebook form (fair enough, considering the closures of entertainment venues all around), plus parents went all out for online learning tools, allowing for easier Zooming and such, for the remainder of year and start of the next, according to the new data, those sales are going to be dropping slightly (by around two percent only, though), giving way to commercial purchases. All in all, whereas the consumer PCs sales are still going to increase (by some 10.3 per cent in Europe alone), it seems nothing compared to the hefty 25% growth projected for the commercial sector in the same part of the world.
Which can only mean one thing: the bosses in Europe (and all around the world, it seems, as well) have discovered – shall we say finally? – the true potential of modern computing in terms of working efficiency, and now distant work, remote meetings and joint projects without the parties leaving their own homes (or at least countries) are here to stay. Maybe not to their present extent driven by the current troubled times, but still, there is much less travelling, even to the office, and much more connecting through the networks in store for us all, as far as our jobs are concerned. Which, in turn, could not be happening even fairly recent time ago, considering the load of said connections our actually not so old but already out of fashion by now PCs would have to withstand. Now, however, they are doing it so easily that “hybrid working” is becoming a proverbial talk of the town (or almost the entire world, for that matter).
And that is now one of the main reasons why desktops are popular again and the modern, faster semiconductors are becoming a new deficit (like, when did this happen, all you surplus’ doomsayers?) Talk about evolution as opposed to revolution. It appears that current technology moves forward not just by leaps and bounds, but by surreptitious development as well. And it’s not always the flashiest, sci-fi-like gadgets that change our lives the most, but just as often (if not more frequently) the seemingly small yet persistent improvements making already-habitual things a little sturdier… every day.
- HP, Dell See Swelling Backlogs Amid Hot Demand And Supply Shortages – The Wall Street Journal
- Sell your used computer online – iGotOffer
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