Smartphone and tablet sales have cannibalized the industry for a few years, forcing companies to adjust to dropping PC and laptop sales. However, with the cost of PC hardware dropping - and PC gaming very much alive and well - some have argued that PCs and laptop sales could see a strong rebound in 2015.
It's certainly a good time for consumers to purchase laptops and PCs, with dropping prices for powerful hardware that should last casual consumers for years to come.
"As with any devices, adoption goes through phases from the early to the late adopter; tablets are currently moving onto the latter part of that curve in mature markets," according to a Gartner report released in mid-2014. "Lower demand from users for tablets with smaller screens, some in favor of larger screens, in mature markets, and the shift towards phablets in South-East Asia are slowing global tablet penetration."
Both the smartphone and tablet markets have matured, and while sales growth appears to be slowing due to market saturation, there will still be plenty of competition. Global smartphone sales grew 20 percent during Q3, the Gartner research group noted, as Google Android continues to pull away from Apple iOS.