The International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed PC shipping growth numbers for 2020 – counting desktops, notebooks (including Chromebooks) and workstations (but excluding laptops and servers), and the results are clear. In a currently-pandemic world, and with the urge and necessity for teleworking efforts so as to reduce personal exposure to risk environments, we’ve seen an unprecedented demand for technological components. Whether in shortages for the latest “comfort” technologies such as dedicated graphics cards, latest-gen consoles, or even webcams, it’s been clear that citizens of the world have been increasingly investing their money in technological devices. This need – either for work, for bridging social distances through the Internet, or for entertainment – has led the pre-built PC ecosystem shipments to increase as much as 13% in 2020 – and a global shipment number set at 302.6 million units.

This year-over-year (YoY) increase is bolstered, mainly, by rises in sales throughout Q4 of 2020, where global PC shipments achieved an outstanding 26% increase from Q4 2019 – in the fourth quarter of 2020 alone, 91.6 million units were shipped. In that particular quarter, Lenovo led the top three vendors with a 25.2% share of the sales, followed by HP (20.9%) and Dell (17.2%). Apple appears in fourth place with a mere 8% market share, but shows the strongest growth among the top 5 sellers, at 49.2% YoY – and that’s with Apple’s comparatively small product portfolio when put against any of the other top three vendors.

According to IDC, the PC market last saw growth of this magnitude way back in 2010, when the market grew 13.7%. Between those golden days and now, the PC market witnessed six years of PC sales decline, as well as a year of flat growth. Ryan Reith, program VP with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, had this to say regarding the growth: “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. In retrospect, the pandemic not only fueled PC market demand but also created opportunities that resulted in a market expansion.”

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