The ups and downs of the market due to COVID-19. That the situation we currently live in is complex, full of challenges and challenges is not alien to anything or anyone. And technology is no exception. The severe blow that the pandemic has dealt on the production and demand of devices has led to ‘Not available for the moment’ being the star message in the main online stores and large supermarkets. Whether it is the latest smartphone, the SmartTV dreamed of for months, a PC or a graphics card, during the last year it has been difficult to find product availability beyond a few days after it was put on sale. And, when there is, while in the pre-pandemic era prices fell considerably within a few weeks, they currently remain stable – or even rise – for months. Why?
As they say, it is “The whiting that bites its tail.” On the one hand, manufacturers have not been able to cope with the growing demand and containers are waiting empty at ports in Europe and Asia because there are not enough goods to transport. And, consequently, handling costs increase, which increases the final price of the product. Now, why has the demand for technology increased? We do not have to look far to answer this question: our behavior as consumers has changed since, for months, leisure has been limited, tourism prohibited and we have been working from home for more than a year.
And, curiously, despite the technological crisis due to the high demand and deficit of components in which we are immersed, the PC is experiencing one of its sweetest moments in recent years, the effect of the user’s need to update their ‘tool job’. With first-quarter growth of 32% year-over-year according to figures from Gartner and 55.2% from IDC (with Chromebooks), you have to go back two decades to see similar increases. And nothing indicates that the trend will change for the rest of the year. And in the future? Who knows. At the moment, we offer you the best Open Source software to squeeze your PC.
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