Personal computers have grown faster in 20 years
Personal computers have grown faster in 20 years

Many people and companies are still buying computers, continuing the boom that began during the Coronavirus pandemic last year as people need computers to work or study at home.

According to the latest estimates from Gartner Research, PC shipments to retailers and other sellers increased by 32% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.

This is the fastest growth rate of personal computers since 2000, the research firm said, and an estimated 69.9 million laptops and desktop computers were sold during the quarter.

Computer shipments fell sharply at the start of the coronavirus epidemic and spread later that year, making the comparisons easier.

According to Gartner, the total PC shipments of 71.7 million units were also the highest since 2015.

Gartner's stats don't include Chromebooks, which are low-cost laptops that run Chrome OS from Google that are popular in schools.

Gartner estimates that the PC market, including Chromebooks, grew 47% in the quarter.

The report indicated that PC sales are currently the strongest in history and that despite the reopening of offices for staff and the return of students, the home office computer sales frenzy may not stop.

Statistics also show that PCs still require large numbers of new chips and other components due to a global shortage of semiconductors.

“We believe that at least this year, especially the first half of this year, demand for computers will remain strong, and the question of how strong will demand from the second half of this year to next year remain unanswered,” so Gartner said. . .

The first quarter is generally considered to be a period of slowdown in PC sales, especially when compared to the holiday quarter.

"Unless some PC vendors indicate that they shipped computers after d months, unless this quarter performed better than this, due to global chip shortages and other supply chain issues," Gartner said.

A year ago, the supply chain was completely disrupted, and today the supply chain was disrupted due to the global semiconductor shortage.

According to this report, the top PC manufacturers are Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Asus, and Acer.

Other revenue estimates also point to the growth of the PC market during this period: Canalys estimates the PC market grew 55% in the quarter, while IDC estimates growth of 55%.

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