Computers owned and in use: About 9 in 10 consumers own a computer currently in use.
Computers in storage: About 2 in 10 consumers have either a desktop or a laptop that they own and aren't using.
Computers replaced in the last year: About 3 in 10 consumers replaced their computer last year. Of these,
• About half did so because it was too slow;
• About half did so because they wanted newer technology or features;
• About one-third did so because they either needed more memory (RAM) or could not upgrade (reasons for not being able to upgrade not identified);
• And 14% did so because their computer had been ruined by viruses or spyware
Computers thrown away in the trash: Nearly 2 in 10 consumers that disposed of a desktop computer or monitor in the past year threw them in the trash. Fourteen percent of those that disposed of a laptop computer last year threw it in the trash.