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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

Canalys Channels Forum HP Inc’s boss welcomed Microsoft’s foray into the high-end notebook market this week, if it helped vendors push up price tags across the board. However, Dell big wig Marius Haas gave a chillier welcome to the Microsoft Surface Book yesterday. Dell and HP announced last month that they would both resell Microsoft’s Surface …
Joe Fay, 08 Oct 2015

AMD spray-paints 'Pro A-series for biz' over its Carrizo notebook chips

Intel's human shield from monopoly watchdogs AMD has quietly revealed some processor packages for business PCs. These AMD Pro A-series system-on-chips use the Carrizo design we pored over earlier this year. Carrizo is targeted at notebooks for normal folks, whereas the AMD Pro A-series is going into Windows 10 corporate …
Chris Williams, 30 Sep 2015

Retailers toast welcome return of Back2School notebook biz

The Back2School sales fest that deserted the retail notebook industry a year ago has returned with a bang… sort of. According to distie sales numbers crunched by Context, shipments across Western European wholesalers jumped 12.5 per cent in the first two months of Q3 and were up 17.5 per cent in the UK. The sales are flattered …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014

Notebook sales to surge, says notebook seller

Global notebook sales may be in the crapper, but according to the chairman of the company manufacturing notebooks for Acer, Dell, Toshiba, HP, and others, the bluebird of sales-revenue happiness will sing again in the second half of this year. On Thursday, Compal Electronics chairman Ray Chen told an investors conference that …
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2013
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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

Lenovo, the world’s largest maker of PCs, saw its profits leap 24 per cent this spring. The China-based manufacturer reported first-quarter profits of $211m, compared to $170m for the year before. That was from revenue that jumped 18 per cent to £10.39bn. Earnings per share for the giant were up, from $1.65 to $2.03 for the …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2014
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Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

Stan Shih, the man who founded Acer and returned late last year to stem the losses and rebuild the organisation has elevated his eldest son to overlord of slabs and cloudy wares. A company spokesman confirmed that as part of a wider management re-shuffle, Maverick Shih (for it is he) is now president of the Build Your Own Cloud …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2014
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Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

Despite this year's release of Windows 10, notebook PC shipments are not going to see an increase over last year. This according to analysts with ABI Research, who project that shipments will be flat compared to 2014. The entire portable market, which includes Chromebooks, ultraportables (such as the MacBook Air), netbooks, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
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The tyranny of choice: Why enterprise tech buyers are confused

Canalys Channels Forum The tech industry has left users punch-drunk with choice with the ever-increasing complexity of the technology offering being one reason for the recent sluggish IT market. This has exacerbated the impact of a strengthening dollar which has been behind an unprecedented rise in the price tags of tech products, Canalys boss Steve …
Joe Fay, 07 Oct 2015

Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

The PC market bounced back in the first quarter of 2015, mainly thanks to a big uplift in notebook sales. According to research from tech distribution sales data compiled by Context, the market rose by seven per cent on the year. Notebook sales were up 26 per cent to 644,304, while desktop sales remained flat at 237,700, and …
Kat Hall, 01 Apr 2015

Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

Microsoft is effectively killing off the Windows with Bing notebook market less than a year after it was created. The low-cost portables released last summer were Redmond’s competitive response to Google’s Chromebook, giving PC OEMs the Windows OS licence at a heavily discounted rate, and consumers responded positively. However …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2015

Seagate's third quarter results looking lacklustre as profits tumble

Seagate has reported year-on-year declines in third-quarter revenue and profit, as notebook enhancements went unnoticed. Third fiscal 2015 quarter revenues were $3.3bn, 3 per cent down on the $3.4bn recorded a year ago and 11 per cent lower than the second full-year 2015 quarter's $3.7bn. Profits were $291m, 26 per cent down on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2015
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Acer still rumbling along toward end of runway - but no sign of liftoff

Acer sales have slumped to a nine-year low, prompting senior industry figures to question if the once high-flying notebook maker is running out of runway. The Taiwanese firm has reported a 26.6 per cent year-on-year revenue decline for Q2 to NT$60.1bn (£1.24bn, $1.93bn), the lowest quarterly sales since 2006 when Acer was …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2015

It's Friday! Had a good week? It was probably better than Seagate's

In keeping with its warning, Seagate confirmed a revenue and profits decline as its mainstay desktop and notebook drive shipments tumbled for the third straight quarter. Enterprise drive shipments also declined in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, as did branded (consumer drives), although consumer electronics shipments rose …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2015
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Samsung goes super slim with Notebook 9 series

Samsung released a super-slim notebook today in a bid to compete with Apple's MacBook Air. The company also said it will increase laptop sales by 80 per cent in 2011. The 13.3in Notebook 9 Series is 16mm thick and weighs 1.3kg. It runs on a Core i5 processor and comes with a seven-hour battery life. Samsung says it will cost ₩2 …
Caleb Cox, 24 Feb 2011

WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

Western Digital saw depressed PC and notebook sales affect its disk drive business in its latest quarter, with stalling SSD sales showing negative sequential growth. A quick look at the numbers for the company's first fiscal 2016 which ended 2 October: Revenue of $3.4bn, 6.3 per cent up on the previous quarter but 12.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015

At last, UK customers are buying PCs again

The Brit PC market showed signs of life in Q3, according to official stats from distributors – but the same could not be said for much of the rest of Western Europe. Sales-out data tracked by Context showed a little over one million (1.056m) notebooks, desktops and workstations found their way into the loving arms of a …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2015

Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

Analysis Microsoft stubbornly refuses to let go of making hardware, but now the reasons why CEO Satya Nadella has not followed his clear instinct to ditch devices (except Xbox) are becoming clearer. We have analysed many times why Microsoft should not make smartphones and tablets, mainly because of conflicts of interest with the OEM …
Wireless Watch, 28 Oct 2015

Lenovo ups in-house notebook production

It could be sweaty palm time for Taiwan’s ODMs after reports emerged that Lenovo is set to step up in-house production of its notebooks and PCs. The Chinese hardware giant is planning new production lines in Japan and Brazil as well as at its LCFC joint venture with Compal Electronics in northern China, Digitimes reported. …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jul 2012

Seagate’s suffering from mighty profit droop syndrome

Major droop alert: as per its preliminary warning, Seagate’s revenues and profits tumbled on the annual compare. Revenues of $2.9bn in its first fiscal 2016 quarter were 23 per cent down on the $3.79bn reported a year ago while the $34m profit was a whacking great 91 per cent lower than the $381m recorded a year ago. That …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015
Chromebook and Chromebox

Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

Samsung will hit the eject button on its the European PC business after deciding its low sales volumes simply aren't worth the cost. The move will not surprise industry types as earlier this year the chaebol exited the entry-level notebook segment in the Euro region – to concentrate on premium portables including Ultrabooks. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2014
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Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

Video People who bought the first batch of Microsoft's Surface Book slab-tops are furious that a glitch causes the screens to flicker. Microsoft's support forums and the Surface subreddit are filled with folks claiming their displays erratically wink completely on and off. This happens, we're told, whether the tablet is running on …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2015

Hear that screeching sound? It's the sales brakes on distie juggernaut DCC Tech

The wheels have slowed on the distie juggernaut Exertis and mobile computing is to blame, Irish parent DCC confirmed today. In a trading update for Q1 covering the three months ended 30 June, DCC Technology which comprises Brit subs Exertis and Gem, revealed things aren’t quite going to plan. “Trading in DCC Technology was …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2015
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We snubbed Microsoft's Surface Pro wooing, says Lenovo exec

Canalys Channels Forum Lenovo snubbed “competitor” Microsoft’s advances when it was asked to sell the Surface Pro slab, the PC maker’s chief operating officer has claimed. Both HP and Dell were hired as global resellers for Microsoft’s enterprise tab-cum-notebook last month, selling the hardware wrapped in a services blanket, much to the annoyance …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2015

WD embiggens Scorpio Black notebook drive

Western Digital has increased its fast notebook drive's capacity by half to reach 750GB, the same as Seagate's fast notebook drive. WD's Scorpio Black 2.5-inch drive spins at 7,200rpm and has a 16MB cache and 3Gbit/s SATA interface. It is now also an Advanced Format Drive. Seagate's equivalent Momentus 7200 had its 750 gig …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2011
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Is Toshiba mulling asset sales? HDD, TV businesses in the frame

Comment Toshiba is in trouble and could be about to exit the PC and disk drive businesses. The company is still suffering badly from a massive accounting scam, which overstated profits for seven years, and it has just reported a lousy quarter with losses of $91m. Masashi Muromachi became Toshiba’s new president (chief executive) in …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015
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Notebook price war slams Dell's revenues, slashes profits

A price war at the low-end of the notebook PC market where Dell has chosen not to participate plus a slump in PC sales where it is fighting to win buyers is wreaking havoc on Dell's financials. In the company's third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended on November 2, consumer mobile PC revenues were down a staggering 30 per cent. The …

CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

Analysis Lenovo has sold laptops bundled with unremovable software that features a bonus exploitable security vulnerability. If the crapware is deleted, or the hard drive wiped and Windows reinstalled from scratch, the laptop's firmware will quietly and automatically reinstall Lenovo's software on the next boot-up. Built into the …
Chris Williams, 12 Aug 2015
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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

HP and Dell – cunningly assisted by Microsoft – have hatched a brilliant plan in which they will compete against their own products, not to mention the channel types who sell them, by flogging Redmond's Surface Pro 3 direct. At the worldwide partner knees up in June, Microsoft confirmed it was opening the gates to allow …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2015
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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

Pics Acer CEO Jason Chen this week tore through the company's international product launch presentation – on the 68th floor of New York's 4 World Trade Center – like a rock star on speed from start to finish. He even donned sunglasses at one point and there seemed every chance that he might not take them off. Acer E series laptops …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Apr 2015

Toshiba notebook drive spins level with Samsung

Toshiba has caught up with Samsung and launched its own 640GB notebook drive spinning at 7,200rpm. Samsung announced its SpinPoint MP4 in April. General notebook SATA drives spin at 5,400rpm, whereas the MP4 rotates at 7,200rpm, delivering faster disk I/O for high-end notebooks and gaming applications. It used the 3Gbit/s SATA …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2010

Acer bags its 4th – yes, 4th – UK boss in just 20 months

The revolving door at Acer is spinning furiously as the company confirmed it has appointed Preben Fjeld as its fourth UK MD in 20 months. Fjeld, who will continue to run Acer Norway, replaces Gavin Parish after he quit the business to rejoin HP’s PC and print division. A spokesman at Acer sent us a minimalist statement: “Gavin …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2015

Brit enterprises still wolfing down PCs post-XP support death

Tech disties feasted on a relative PC sales banquet in Q2 as businesses and to a lesser extent consumers made a belated dash to rid themselves of systems running on Windows XP. Abacus stroker Context collated the sale-out figures from wholesalers and found more than 844k desktops, notebook and PC workstations were adopted by UK …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2014
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Intel: We came here to bury our Mobile chip business, not praise it

Intel says that beginning next week it will report its quarterly earnings in a slightly different way than it has previously, in a move that shields the chipmaker's poor-performing Mobile and Communications group from direct scrutiny. On Monday, Chipzilla officially unveiled its new financial reporting structure, which …
Neil McAllister, 06 Apr 2015

Toshiba: We'll STAY in PCs! We'll just axe a few bods

Toshiba is the latest vendor to sound the warning alarm that all is not well in its PC business across Europe after scaling back regional offices and axing swathes of the workforce – just as the green shoots emerge. The UK and France ops, which have signed up as subsidiaries of the TEG corporation, will act purely as sales and …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2014
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'Twas the night before Christmas, and Rossi was OUT!

Beleaguered notebook maker Acer has split with its EMEA president after he'd spent less than six months in the role. There’s never a better time to swap out top level execs than just before Chrimbo - or any other major holiday for that matter - and the Taiwanese firm did just this, parting company with Luca Rossi on 23 December …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jan 2015

Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

Slablet sales will be stuck in a U-bend next year and it may take a re-think from the manufacturers before they can be flushed out again. A forecast from Taiwan-based TrendForce indicates tab shipments will decline 3.5 per cent in 2015 to 185.6 million units, the first backwards motion since Apple launched the iPad. “We expect …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2014

AMD mushes out 'ultrathin' Yukon notebook

AMD has mushed out its new 'Yukon' mobile platform today, which is set to indirectly compete with Intel's Atom platform in slim, low-cost portable PCs. The platform bundles AMD's new Athlon Neo MV-40 chip with ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics. Computer builders also have the option of including ATI mobility Radeon HD 3410 …
Austin Modine, 06 Jan 2009

Lenovo, Compal snuggle up to build notebook plant

Lenovo has moved to beef up its manufacturing base by forming a joint venture with Chinese ODM Compal Electronics to build notebooks and all-in-one desktops. Under the terms of the initial $100m (£63.7m) investment from the firms, Lenovo will own a 51 per cent stake and Compal the remainder. Another $200m may be invested by the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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Acer puts fundraising plan on ice as stocks struck by chilly winds

Acer could well postpone cash-raising activities on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange due to some volatility in its share price, according to founder Stan Shih. The plan was to issue shares with a target price of NT$20 per unit but the PC maker’s valuation dipped NT$0.35 on the Exchange yesterday to NT$19.80, so investors are …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014
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Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

Just as demand seriously cools for tab tech, with all of the major makers reporting shrinking sales, there’s a certain little-known upstart in Redmond that is gradually making some progress against the giants. You guessed it: Microsoft is actually boosting tab shipments, albeit off a comparatively small installed base, with two …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2015
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Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

Comment Intel has announced a Pro 2500 notebook SSD that appears to differ from the previous Pro 1500 by just three comparatively trivial specifications. The Pro 1500, released in Spetember last year, has a capacity range of 80GB to 480GB, while the Pro 2500’s range is, er, 120GB - 480GB... The Pro 1500 has a 41,000 random read IOPS …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2014
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Ultrabooks will devour notebook biz by 2016 - report

All notebooks will look like Ultrabooks in five years' time as vendors find cheaper ways of offering the shiny Intel-based machines, according to a new report. The report's author also speculated that this move could force Apple to ditch its MacBook Air and look for a new form factor to invent. A new Juniper Research forecast …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2012

Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

Analysis Intel launched its 6th Generation “Skylake” Core processors at IFA in Berlin last week, and is desperate for you to upgrade your PC. But has the Intel and Microsoft alliance done enough to drive upgrades and new sales? First, a quick recap on what Intel launched. The company announced 48 6th gen Core processors. The line-up is …
Tim Anderson, 11 Sep 2015

Imation notebook flash upgrade as easy as pi to 30 places

You now have the option of pepping up your sorry notebook by using an Imation solid state drive (SSD) upgrade kit, but only if you are happy getting inside its casing and swapping out its hard drive for the SSD. The aim is to replace the HDD with an Imation M-Class 2.5-inch SSD, with either 64G or 128GB capacity. The upgrade kit …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2009
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Nota bene: World goes notebook crazy

iSuppli, the tech market researcher, has raised its forecast for PC shipments this, following a surge in notebook sales in the first quarter. It now estimates that PC makers will ship 264 million units in 2007, up 11.2 per cent on 2006's 239 million units. Previously it pegged market growth for the year at 10.7 per cent. In Q1 …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jun 2007

Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

Despite all the carping about the slumping PC market, it really wasn't such a bad year for channel computing sales, with devices based on Google technologies pulling ahead as the clear winners. According to the latest numbers from market analysis firm NPD, overall sales of desktops, notebooks, and tablets through the channel …
Neil McAllister, 24 Dec 2013

Diskicide – the death of disk

How might disk death in the data center come about? These are the notes used at a Tech Unplugged event in Amsterdam on September 24, and they present a scenario in which data center disks could stop spinning. Is it a sensible scenario? Read on. I try and connect the dots in the industry, the dots being the myriad individual …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2015
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Acer slips Wang Andresen into senior Euro slot

Weeks after Acer waved goodbye to EMEA chief Luca Rossi, it has handed some control of the region’s ops to UK chief Marco Grieco Wang Andresen, who has in turn been succeeded by Gavin Parrish. As revealed by The Channel, Rossi left Acer on the eve of Christmas Eve after less than six months on the job, with little explanation …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2015

Fujitsu fêtes first 7200rpm SATA II notebook drive

Fujitsu has introduced what it claims is the World's first 2.5in, 7,200rpm 3Gbps SATA hard drive, a notebook-oriented unit with a raw storage capacity of 160GB. Fujitsu 160GB 2.5in SATA II hard drive The MHW2160BJ won't be available for laptop manufacturers to build into machines until the end of May - not coincidentally the …
Tony Smith, 06 Mar 2007

Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

Following a deep gaze into the crystal ball, IDC has decided the dominant growth trend in personal computing sales is phablet-shaped. Beancounters estimate roughly 175 million devices sized between 5.5 to seven inches will find a home in 2014, up 60 per cent, leapfrogging the 170 million old world portable PCs forecasted to ship …
Paul Kunert, 04 Sep 2014


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