The sale of personal computers grew strongly in 2021. According to preliminary data from IDC, total shipments reached 348 million units, the highest value since 2012 after growing almost 15% year-on-year.
The PC industry managed to maintain in 2021 the growth trend that began when the COVID pandemic lockdowns required an increase in infrastructure for work from home, online study and home entertainment tasks. It is clear that the PC was neither dead nor will it die, it is irreplaceable for multiple tasks and it cannot be replaced by mobile phones and tablets, as the predictions of some “experts” said.
And that the sale of computers could have been higher if it were not for the component shortage that has strangled the technology industry. «A challenging logistics environment coupled with continued supply-side shortages meant the PC market could have been even bigger than it was in 2021“, they explain from IDC.
“We ended the year with many buyers still waiting for their PC orders to ship. As we move into the first half of the year, we expect supply to remain tight, especially in regards to the commercial segment where demand is strongest.”, they say from the consultancy, pointing out that the positive trend will continue:
Sale of computers by manufacturers
IDC adds desktops, laptops, and workstations to this list, but leaves out ‘2-in-1’ tablet-like models like the Surface Pro, so the sum could be higher. In the totals, the year-on-year growth of 14.8 percent to 348.8 million units stands out, the highest figure in 2012.
All the big manufacturers grew. lenovo continues to lead, maintaining a market share of 23%, closely followed by hp and a little later Dell which completes the podium.
Although far from the top three with a market share of 8%, Manzana It was the manufacturer that grew the most in 2021 with a year-on-year increase of 22%. It seems that the most profitable technology company on the planet has benefited from the great change in architecture from x86 to ARM’s own chips and continues to be a key supplier. Acer complete the table of the top five.
IDC believes that the sale of computers will continue to trend positively in 2022: Although not in all regions. «Consumer need for PCs in emerging markets and global business demand remain strong. TOAlthough consumer and education demand has slowed in some developed markets, we continue to believe that the overall PC market has recovered to a much higher level than it was before the pandemic.«. However, the serious problems of chip manufacturing and supply will have to be solved.