Potential tablet buyers are opting instead for alternative devices, and existing owners are hanging onto their tablets longer, according to research firm Gartner.
The market researcher says this poses a serious problem for businesses, where bring-your-own-device options are commonplace.
Although the popularity of 3D printing is growing in certain niches, mainstream consumer adoption is five to 10 years away, says research firm Gartner.
Chromebooks are the new netbook, but look to have a longer shelf life. Samsung has an overwhelming share of the market at 65 percent, with Acer at 21 percent.
Worldside shipments of PCs will still drop in 2014 but not as badly as they did last year. And ultramobiles will provide a bit of a boost.
Shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones combined will climb by 7 percent in 2014, predicts Gartner, though PCs will be on the losing end of the deal.
Apple lost the lion's share of the global tablet market in 2013, though the iPad remained the top seller, says Gartner.
Google's mobile OS will dominate all PC, tablet, and mobile phone platforms with a 26 percent jump in shipments from 2013.
Tech research firm Gartner also says the number of smartwatch shipments will quadruple next year to 40 million, with as many as half coming from Apple.
Worldwide shipments of desktops and notebooks are expected to drop 11 percent in 2013 as tablet sales surge -- with a big nod toward the popularity of tablets 8 inches and smaller.