While it may sound unpleasant for hardware manufacturers, but probably 2 out of 3 persons who deal with computer parts more or less often have purchased hardware that was either corrupted from the beginning, or did not fully meet its specifications.
Results of a recent survey conducted by X-bit labs web-site claim that 69% among polled readership of X-bit labs have ever purchased hardware that was either defective or did not meet declared specifications. Only 31% of computer parts buyers have always been satisfied with what they got.
The outcome is pretty alarming, as despite of the fact that technology and especially manufacturing technology have evolved and matured over the past three decades since the launch of the first IBM PC, there are still loads of cases when certain electronics components have low quality, leave the fab without proper check or are sold under specifications they did not meet.
The results of the survey also reflect continuous savings computer hardware manufacturers have to deploy in order to offer products that are competitive with similar devices by other companies from price and feature-set points of view. Different measures aimed to cut down the manufacturing costs are taken nowadays for virtually all types of computer products.
X-bit labs poll questioned about 1.5 thousands of respondents in mid-March, 2005.