The return of the cheapo notebook is leading a revival in PC sales in the UK, as tablets reach saturation point and Chromebooks and affordable Windows machines put the laptop, literally, back on the table.
In the UK alone, combined desktop and laptop sales were 24.8 per cent higher in Q4 of 2014 then they were in the previous year, with analyst Context saying the the sub-€250 category is where the majority of the consumer growth is coming from.
As for the decline in tablet numbers, total unit sales across Western Europe were down by 9.2 per cent in the quarter, a drop Context blames on poorly received Android models and a longer than expected product upgrade cycle.
And as ever, Apple bucked the trend -- iPad sales were up 4.5 per cent year on year. [PR]