The pandemic year drove up laptop sales as people sought out entertainment in accessible forms and tried to get work done with the latest equipment from home offices. The necessity of working meant that PC sales were going to rise dramatically and they did.
According to Canalys’ data in early January 2020, PC sales jumped 11% for the year, the most significant leap since 2010. Canalys is back again this time with data from Q1 2021 and it looks like the PC market will continue to ride the high they are on.
Growth all around
The research firm says that this was the fourth consecutive quarter that the PC growth has seen growth. PC shipments increased 53.1% for Q1 2021 versus Q1 2020. Chromebooks saw the biggest increase in shipments.
Compared to Q1 2020, Q1 2021 shipments jumped nearly 275%. Given the ongoing Covid-19 problem, distance learning is on the rise, meaning that cheap Chromebooks are the best option.
HP is the leader in the Chromebook sector, with a 36.4% market share, followed by Lenovo with 25.9%. The companies had annual growth of 634% and 309% respectively for Q1 2020, compared to Q1 2020.
Chromebooks in the mainstream
Chromebooks have gone mainstream, according to Canalys’ Research Analyst, Brian Lynch. He says that while the education sector still accounts for most of the shipments, the popularity with customers and traditional commercial customers has hit new heights over the past year.
The laptops were a big hit with consumers, with year-over-year growth of 62%. The tablets follow loosely with 51.8% growth.
Lenovo led laptop sales with 24 million units sold in Q1 2021. Apple followed closely with 22 million units. The Mac maker was the leader in the segment with 38% of the market (50% annual growth) while Amazon saw nearly 200% growth to get fourth place.