Think everyone is only buying laptops and netbooks these days? Nope. “All-in-one” PCs — you know, those desktop computers that fuse a computer and monitor into one compact body — are doing quite well in the global market.
According to DisplaySearch, a leading market research and consulting firm specializing in display technologies, “all-in-one” PCs enjoyed a 57 percent year over year growth between 2008 and 2009.
All-in-one PCs are compact desktop computers that fold the brains of the PC into the monitor. Usually propped up on a kickstand, and complimented by a wireless mouse and keyboard, these small solutions are just as ideal on a kitchen counter as they are in a home office or teenager’s room.
DisplaySearch says Apple’s iMac sales have contributed largely to the success of this category, along with Windows-based all-in-ones from the likes of HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer (including its Gateway and Packard Bell brands) and MSI.
In fact, here’s a chart (note: click to enlarge) that shows the rise in popularity of all-in-ones (AIOs) and the global market share between the manufacturers.
“All-in-one PCs have been around for years,” says Chris Connery, Vice President of DisplaySearch PC and IT services, in a company statement. “Historically, they have been benchmarked against the traditional desktop PC and monitor bundle, but they are becoming a market of their own with each consecutive generation of AIOs.”
DisplaySearch says the adoption of a “touch” interface on AIOs has also added to its major growth.
North America and Europe are the dominant regions for AIO PCs, says DisplaySearch, heavily influenced by Apple iMac sales, but Windows-based machines have yielded strong sales in China and Japan, as well.