The pandemic has turned out to be a boon for the PC market, which soared by 26.1 percent year on year to 91.6 million units in Q4, according to IDC.
Full year growth is 13.1 percent — driven by work from home, remote learning, and restored consumer demand. The last time the market experienced such growth was 2010 when the market grew 13.7 percent.
“Every segment of the supply chain was stretched to its limits as production once again lagged behind demand during the quarter. Not only were PC makers and ODMs dealing with component and production capacity shortages, but logistics remained an issue as vendors were forced to resort to air freight, upping costs at the expense of reducing delivery times,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Research Manager of IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers.
“Demand is pushing the PC market forward and all signs indicate this surge still has a way to go. “The obvious drivers for last year’s growth centered around work from home and remote learning needs, but the strength of the consumer market should not be overlooked. We continue to see gaming PCs and monitor sales at all-time highs and Chrome-based devices are expanding beyond education into the consumer market,” said Ryan Reith, Program Vice President of IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.
Lenovo continued to lead the PC market with 25.2 percent share, followed by HP (20.9 percent) and Dell (17.2 percent). However, the highest Q4 growths were from Apple and Acer which increased by 49.2 percent and 48.3 percent respectively.