Annual shipments of Net-surfing devices in Asia, excluding Japan, will outnumber those of PCs in 2005, a new study says. According to market researcher IDC, less than 100,000 so-called information appliances were shipped to Asia last year. IDC predicts that the figure will grow to 18.9 million units in 2005. About 17 million PCs will ship in the region that year, IDC said.
IDC defines information appliances as consumer-focused digital products that cost less than $500 and can provide Internet access. This category includes handheld computers, game consoles and interactive television. "With all its functionality, the PC can seem overly complex, which makes getting onto the Internet too intimidating a process for many users. The idea of Web surfing on a TV or another household appliance presents an ideal opportunity for many families," Davina Yeo, IDC's research manager for personal systems, said in a statement.
CNET Singapore staff reported from Singapore.