If you thought the rebirth of the pandemic-era PC market would continue through 2021 … you guessed it correctly. Canalys estimates PC shipments jumped 15% year-on-year to 341 million despite supply shortages. Simply put, many customers in 2021 were adding new PCs rather than replacing existing ones. Students and distant seniors, for example, bought the first computers, while multiple systems were “more common” in some areas.
Some PC brands have seen a better time than others, however. Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple and Acer retained their respective top five positions in deliveries, but Apple and Acer were the shining stars after delivery growth of more than 20% from 2020. Pioneers Lenovo and HP have experienced the slowest growth of leaders. in 2021, and saw their shipments drop in the very last quarter where other competitors have developed. Their size hasn’t helped them capitalize on the increased demand for computers, to put it another way.
It also seems likely that 2022 will be just as bright. Senior analyst Rushabh Doshi predicted the new year will be one of “digital acceleration” as people turn to high-end PCs and accessories that make remote working easier. It is too early to say how accurate this prediction could be, but it does coincide with a The PC revival we saw at CES – the competition seems more fierce than ever.
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