If you thought the pandemic-era renaissance of the PC market would continue throughout 2021… you guessed it right. channels estimates PC shipments rose 15% year-over-year to 341 million despite shortages in supplies. Simply put, many of the customers in 2021 were adding new PCs rather than replacing existing ones. Remote students and seniors were buying the first computers, for example, while multiple systems were “more common” in some areas.
Some PC brands have had a better time than others, however. Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple and Acer maintained their respective top five positions in shipments, but Apple and Acer were the shining stars after growing more than 20% in deliveries compared to 2020. Leaders Lenovo and HP saw the slowest growth in leaders in 2021, and saw its shipments fall in the last quarter, where other rivals grew. Their size didn’t help them capitalize on the expanded demand for computers, to put it another way.
It also seems likely that 2022 will be just as bright. Lead analyst Rushabh Doshi predicted the new year will be one of “digital acceleration” as people shift to high-end PCs and accessories that help with remote work. It’s too early to say how accurate this prediction might be, but it coincides with a PC revival we saw at CES — competition seems to be fiercer than ever.
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