Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments hit a total of 69.9 million units in the first quarter of 2021, showing a 32 per cent increase from on a yearly basis, showed a preliminary report by research firm Gartner. The COVID-19 pandemic and increased demand for PCs has seen shipments recorded the fastest yearly growth since 2000, added the report.
“This growth should be viewed in the context of two unique factors: comparisons against a pandemic-constrained market and the current global semiconductor shortage,” Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner said. “Without the shipment chaos in early 2020, this quarter’s growth may have been lower. However, semiconductor shortages are now adversely affecting the supply chain once again, with shipment lead times for some PCs extending to as long as four months.”
Gartner also notes that as stay-at-home restrictions begin easing out across different parts of the world, demand for new PCs will still remain strong. The ongoing and, in some cases, increased lockdowns across multiple countries continued to fuel demand for notebooks and Chromebooks to support remote learning and consumer entertainment.
While Gartner does not include Chromebooks in its PC shipment data, shipments for these grew by triple digits, according to the firm. Further, if Gartner were to include Chromebooks in its data, then the PC market grew by 47 per cent.
Top PC brands
Lenovo remains the market leader with 25.1 per cent market share with a yearly growth of 42.3 per cent. HP stood second with a 21.4 per cent market share and 34.6 per cent growth. Dell and Apple stand third and fourth at 16.5 per cent market share and 8 per cent market share with 12.9 per cent and 48.6 per cent year-on-year growth respectively.
Meanwhile, Acer and Asus come in fifth and sixth at 5.7 per cent and 5.4 per cent market share and 36.6 per cent and 39.7 per cent year-on-year growth respectively. Other brands form the rest of the 17.9 per cent market share and saw collective growth of 26.4 per cent year-on-year.
As numbers show, all of the top brands saw double digit growth on a yearly basis, with Apple seeing the highest.
The US market saw strong growth of 24 per cent compared to a year ago. Echoing global trends, shipments of desk-based PCs continued to decline, but were offset by a robust mobile PC market, with mobile PCs showing 49 percent growth.
In the first quarter of 2021, the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PC market was in line with worldwide growth trends, experiencing 30.9 percent yearly growth to 22.4 million units. The Asia Pacific PC market saw strong double-digit growth as well in the quarter. In China specifically, the PC market experienced a particularly high growth of 70 per cent on a yearly basis.