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eSports economy drives gaming screens growth in contracting global desktop monitor market

The fast-growing billion dollar global eSports economy drove worldwide gaming monitor sales up +175% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year, while worldwide shipments of desktop monitors declined by -3%, driven by lower sales in China, according to the latest figures from CONTEXT, the global IT market analysis company. Sales performance across the world varied considerably by region, reports CONTEXT. Desktop monitor shipments to EMEA grew by +5%, driven by CEE, which saw +12% growth. North America and Japan saw shipments up +2% and +4% respectively. However, those to the rest of the world, 52% of the total, declined, with the biggest market, China, decreasing by -11% year-on-year. The decline was greatest in the business desktop monitor segment, dropping -4%, while the fall in consumer-based sales was smaller at -3%. "Despite the overall negative trend, there are significant opportunities for growth", commented Dominika Koncewicz, Senior Analyst for Displays at CONTEXT. "These are due to factors such as a shift to larger, more expensive screens, the rising sales of curved monitors, higher resolution displays, and the growing demand for wider 21:9 monitors as well as the demand for gaming monitors."

Full-HD monitors remain the dominant resolution accounting for two-thirds of global shipments. WQHD screen sales are growing at +58% year-on-year, while Ultra HD monitors still represent a small portion of the market. However, with a +77% year-on-year sales increase, this has become the fastest growing resolution category. Dell retained its position as the top vendor in Q2 2017 with a 19% unit share of the total market, while HP and Lenovo followed with shares of 14% and 10% respectively.

 

Q2 2017 shipments (units) YoY
Central East Europe +13%
West Europe +5%
Japan +4%
North America +2%
World -3%
Middle East and Africa -4%
Asia and Pacific -8%
Latin America -10%
China -11%

 

 

Q2 2017 shipments (units) YoY
Sweden +21%
Denmark +21%
Netherlands +20%
Germany +13%
Portugal +12%
Spain +12%
Belgium +8%
Poland +7%
Switzerland +3%
United Kingdom +3%
France +2%
Finland -1%
Italy -1%
Greece -2%
Iceland -9%
Norway -11%
Austria -12%
Ireland -15%

Exertis warms to Smart thermostat range

United Kingdom: broadliner Exertis has unveiled an agreement to distribute the Warmup range of Smart thermostats. These can be placed anywhere in the home, communicating wirelessly with a receiver unit which is connected to the central heating system's boiler, working remotely with a smartphone to provide consumers with the optimum heating solution. Both the 4iE and 5iE thermostats feature SmartGeo which in addition to learning and adapting to a user's routine, it utilises the location services built into a smartphone to calculate how long it will take the person to get home, thereby heating the house only when necessary, reducing bills by up to 25%. The system doesn't know a user's exact location, just the distance from their home and all data is kept secured and encrypted.

In addition, Warmup AutoSwitch works in the background to find the best energy deals available and can be even set to automatically switch the user to the best energy tariff every year. With almost 50 energy suppliers in the UK, a typical home in the UK can save on average €230 by switching, according to government figures. Just 5 million out of 13.5 million households switched suppliers in 2016 according to Energy UK. Warmup provides the opportunity to enable consumers to save up to €3bn on energy costs.

Rod Slater, Exertis head of Smart Tech and IoT, said: "choosing the correct control system is crucial in ensuring that your heating system is efficient, easy to use and above all secure. The technology deployed by Warmup not only provides that but ensures users can save on their heating bills and can make use of the lowest energy tariffs. These features will appeal to homeowners and as a result we believe Warmup will be a great opportunity for our customers to sell the range."

Michael Hollins, head of Warmup's Smart Division, said: "Exertis has established itself as the leading distributor of smart tech products. We are delighted to be able to provide our range of smart thermostats to a wider customer base and take advantage of the retail services that Exertis provides. UK households have the opportunity to reduce their heating bills and secure the best tariffs with our products which can only be good news for both the consumer and the retailer."

Tech Data includes AMD product portfolio in its GCC offering

Germany: broadliner Tech Data has added the AMD product range to its GCC Solutions portfolio. For more than 45 years, the Californian manufacturer AMD has been developing and integrating innovative technologies such as high-performance personal computers, graphics and visualization technologies. Microprocessors, chipsets, graphics chips and system-on-chip solutions are the basis for immersive platforms and data centers, but also for performance-dependent gaming. The new Global Computing Components division of the Munich-based distributor now offers the complete AMD spectrum, which is of interest for the entire IT channel. In addition to system houses and system integrators, which primarily address enterprise customers with the technologies, the product range also offers a wide range of application possibilities for the stationary trade and SMB specialist dealers. The target group includes AAA gamers, eSports enthusiasts, creative minds and desktop users of all requirements. Oliver Kaiser, Director of Endpoint Solutions at Tech Data Deutschland, comments on the inclusion of AMD products: "I am very pleased to be able to offer our Tech Data sales partners the full range of AMD products – from desktop & server CPUs to tray CPUs and graphics cards for the client and enterprise environment – with immediate effect. Previously, this portfolio was only accessible to former Avnet Technology Solutions customers, but the integration into the new GCC area means that it is now available to all Tech Data customers. AMD's professionalism, expertise and delivery capability enable us to provide our customers with powerful and efficient solutions. The new AMD RYZEN processor series in particular will impress a large number of our customers – the new ZEN architecture convinces by its extreme reaction power, with which it supports performance-intensive applications such as in the gaming segment. AMD has heralded a new era of performance with this series that is second to none."

Powerdata distributes TrackR

Swiss consumer electronics specialist Powerdata has been chosen by TrackR to distribute its Bluetooth trackers throughout its etail and retail network in French-speaking Europa (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco and Switzerland).

Zalix launches TraKey

France: biometry specialist Zalix has started the distribution of Trakey fingerprint-securized key closet through its reseller network.