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.
Chipmakers are eager to stake a claim in the new market that promises to make dumb things smart by connecting to the Internet.
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.
The world's biggest chipmaker ended 2014 on solid footing thanks in part to its reinvigorated PC business. However, Intel's mobile division remains a huge drag.
Apple lost the lion's share of the global tablet market in 2013, though the iPad remained the top seller, says Gartner.
The search giant is tapping Tony Fadell, who worked at Apple and co-founded the Nest thermostat company, to oversee its connected-eyewear project.