PC makers can thank the health crisis. With the explosion of remote work and online education, demand for PCs has surged throughout 2020, reaching the highest levels the market has seen in a decade. , according to the latest figures from IDC.
Global PC shipments reached 91.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the research firm’s latest quarterly report, an increase of 26% from the fourth quarter of 2019. Overall for the year, PC shipments reached 302.6 million units, an increase of 13.1% over the previous year. Note that the category of PC taken into account by IDC includes desktops, laptops (especially Chromebooks) or workstations.
While the market has experienced unusual growth, the hierarchy between manufacturers has not changed much. The top three vendors remain unchanged from last year, with Lenovo taking first place with a 25.2% share of the PC market, according to IDC. HP and Dell follow by occupying second and third place respectively with market shares of 20.9% and 17.2%, while Apple and Acer complete this top 5 with 8% and 7.2% market share. .
According to IDC, the PC market has not experienced annual growth of this magnitude since 2010, when the market grew 13.7%. Over the next ten years, the PC market experienced six straight years of decline, along with one year of zero growth. “Demand is driving the PC market forward and there is every indication that this push is far from over,” said Ryan Reith, vice president of the Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers program at IDC.
However, the health crisis is not everything, and the growth of the PC market is also the result of a basic trend. “The obvious drivers of growth over the past year have been focused on work from home and distance education needs, but the strength of the mainstream market cannot be overlooked. We continue to see gaming PCs and monitor sales reaching historic highs, and Chrome-based devices are expanding beyond education into the consumer market, ”said the IDC leader.
Gartner also released its 2020 PC sales results on Monday. The firm said PC shipments totaled 79.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 10.7% from the same quarter. of the previous year. Full-year PC shipments reached 275 million units, an increase of 4.8% from 2019. Gartner and IDC agree that PC growth in 2020 was the strongest for 10 years.