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PC shipments dropped by 12% in the first quarter of 2020: Gartner

It has not been a great 2020 for PCs thus far. (Source: NBC)
It has not been a great 2020 for PCs thus far. (Source: NBC)
The latest market research from the Gartner group indicates that the market for PCs has experienced its "sharpest decline" since 2013. However, it seems this year-on-year drop in shipments, which applies to the first 3 months of this year (1Q2020), is related more to the Covid-19 pandemic rather than to demand for this category.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Gartner's new PC market research reports shows that it has shrunk by 12.3% worldwide in 1Q2020 compared to 1Q2019 (or year-on-year (YoY)). The analyst group has noted that orders for devices of this category (defined as a combination of desktops, notebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles but not tablets or Chromebooks) have seen a short-term spike as workers and consumers adapt to Covid-19 lockdown or quarantine measures; however, OEMs cannot currently deal with this level of demand.

Therefore, actual PC popularity may not have seen a negative effect; either way, it has not translated into market growth for the companies in question at this time. On that note, Lenovo still occupies the #1 spot in this market in terms of share. However, its shipments have declined 3.2% worldwide and 22.6% in its native Asia-Pacific region YoY in 1Q2020.

Of the remaining PC OEMs who make up the top 6 globally (HP, Dell, Apple, Acer and Asus, in that order), they also exhibited YoY declines, with the exception of the #3-ranked manufacturer at +2.2%. In the US, the same company took the #1 spot from HP in 1Q2020. This market was found to have grown, albeit by only 0.8%, in this quarter compared to 1Q2019 - however, Gartner also notes that its actual shipments fell by 30.2% YoY.

The global and US-region PC market figures from 1Q2020 compared to 1Q2019. (Source: Gartner)
The global and US-region PC market figures from 1Q2020 compared to 1Q2019. (Source: Gartner)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-14 (Update: 2020-04-14)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.