Desktop PC sales rise due to laptop component shortages

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The PC market saw another boom in Q2 of this year, according to findings by IDC, which also reported mixed signals, regarding future demand.

IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker announced that the worldwide shipment of traditional PCs, including workstations, notebooks, and desktops, reached 83.6 million units in the second quarter of the year.

The new numbers show a 13.2% jump compared to the second quarter of 2020 when the world was just getting used to working from home. Lenovo has the lion’s share of the market, followed by HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer consecutively.

HP missed the boat

Looking at the numbers in terms of shipments, market share, and growth from last year to this year, it seems that HP only had 2.7% year-on-year growth and a shrinking market share. It seems that HP couldn’t cope with the new market conditions. It has not lost to its keenest rivals, however, shipping a considerable number of devices.

IDC also said that while 13.2% in shipment growth is a number the PC industry would be happy about, it does not compare to the 55.9% of growth in Q1 of this year and 25.8% growth in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Commercial PCs could be next

A senior research analyst with IDC’s Devices and Displays Group, Neha Mahajan, said that the market has mixed signals about demand. With businesses opening up, the commercial segment could see growth. However, early indicators of consumer demand show that it is slowing down as people change priorities, after aggressively buying PCs for a year. The analyst firm also noted that desktop PC growth was higher than that of portable computers, attributing the change to shortages that have impacted the supply of notebooks.