06/17/2010 01:55 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

PC Sales Up Despite New Gadgets

With all the excitement about iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and other new devices, it's easy to forget about the old standby personal computer. But despite the explosive growth of choices, PCs continue to do well in the marketplace.

Market research firm iSupply reported on June 4th that the PC market hit "record growth" during the first quarter of 2010, with global sales up nearly 23 percent over the same quarter last year. Of course, one reason for the growth was weak sales in 2009 because of the economic downturn. Still, the good news is worth noting.

The strongest growth came in notebook PCs (26.5 percent), but even desktop sales reversed their previous decline and grew by 1 percent.

New All-in-One Touch Screen

As I was reading about the rise in PC sales, my doorbell rang with the delivery of a new Gateway One ZX Series all-in-one desktop PC that Gateway is lending me to evaluate.

I don't particularly like struggling over setting up new PCs, but I was able to unbox and set up this one on my kitchen table in less than 10 minutes.