Tablet Owners Are Likely to Keep Their PCs Too, Study Says


There’s no denying that today’s technology is shifting toward a mobile focus, but don’t ditch your laptop just yet. A new study reports that early adopters of emerging technology are likely to hold on to their old gadgets too, suggesting that tablets may not actually replace notebooks.

In fact, a survey from The Harris Poll reports that 78 percent of tablet owners are also likely to own a laptop, versus the 60 percent of non-tablet owners that are probable to own a notebook. 

That doesn’t mean the tablet industry isn’t growing, however. A survey from Pew Internet published earlier this week found that more American adults own tablets today than ever before—doubling statistics from a year ago.

Although Harris’ report indicates that there’s a nugget of hope for laptop manufacturers, the PC industry has fallen on tough times in recent months. General PC sales fell by 13.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013, marking the biggest sales decline in nearly two decades. Researchers at IDC attributed part of this steep decline to the less-than-desirable reception of Windows 8, which has seen a slower adoption rate than the ill-fated Windows Vista.

While tablets may not fully replace PCs, the traditional laptop as we know it is certainly changing. With Windows 8 came a slew of laptop-tablet hybrid devices with detachable displays and keyboards, which lets these gadgets act as fully functioning tablets and laptops interchangeably. 

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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  1. Nathanael Says:

    The Harris Poll failed to ask some significant questions. For example: how many tablet owners expect to purchase a laptop in the near future? Since buying my tablet, I’ve hardly touched the laptop, and don’t foresee replacing it in the future. Between my desktop machine and my tablet, there isn’t enough room for a laptop to justify the expense and the inconvenience relative to my tablet of carrying it around.

    Sure, I could see business uses for laptops that tablets can’t (yet) fulfill. But I suspect a lot of consumer-level owners are like I am: the laptop just doesn’t supply enough incentive to justify itself.

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