The most important things to know when shopping for a new laptop, hybrid, or Windows tablet.
Potential tablet buyers are opting instead for alternative devices, and existing owners are hanging onto their tablets longer, according to research firm Gartner.
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.
Google's mobile OS will dominate all PC, tablet, and mobile phone platforms with a 26 percent jump in shipments from 2013.
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.
analysis The tablet is moving from second screen, for keeping up to date on the move, to first screen for business and pleasure.
Both ultrabooks and the MacBook Air should see an appreciable rise in 2013 shipments, according to market researcher Gartner.
With Windows 8, PC makers are focusing on touch screens as the next big thing in ultrabook design. Intel says at least 40 designs are in the pipeline.
Chip giant will link Windows 8 to the success of ultrabooks at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.