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PC market has recovered to 2012 levels, from low point in 2017


According to, the PC market experienced 14.8% growth in 2021. It shipped the most number of workstations and laptops per year in one year, surpassing 2012’s 2012. new data from IDCA research company.

IDC preliminary data shows that 2021 shipped more than 34% more units than in 2017. This was compared to the low point of 2017 and 349 million units.

This is a remarkable recovery in a sector once considered dead by tech operators and investors. It was only a matter of time before smartphones, the largest and most popular product in electronics, began to make a comeback.

Covid-19 has driven the recovery of PC sales. After the global pandemic hit, families realized that they had to get new laptops in order to send their children to virtual school. So companies bought new laptops and the sales began to rise.

In addition, the recovery occurred in a year when there were temporary shortages of PCs. This was especially true around the Fall, which was triggered by limited supply. a global chip shortage.

Market participants are unsure if the current market growth is sustainable, or whether shipments will continue to decrease as they did ten years ago. The December report showed that shipments increased by 3%. IDC saidThe market was able to surpass peak pandemic demand and predicted a slowdown by 2022.

Participants in the market remain positive that PC sales will follow their current path.

We’re moving from one computer per household to one per household. This is the smartphone model.

Rahul Tikoo

Senior Vice President, Dell Client Product Group

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in an October interviewAccording to him, the current pandemic is driving the PC market on a new course. Intel holds about 80% of the market for central processors in laptops and desktops.

We think that the PC market is just structurally bigger. Gelsinger explained that the business was now “a multi-million-unit-per day kind of thing.”

Rahul Tikoo, a Dell executive said the pandemic caused a shift in purchasing behavior and that everybody now needs a PC.

Tikoo, senior vice-president for Dell’s Client Product Group, stated that “we’re moving from one PC per family to one PC each person per household which is the smartphone mode.” I believe that PCs are currently in transition to this model.

According to IDC, the six biggest PC manufacturers by volume of units sold in 2021 were Lenovo (HP), Dell, Apple and Asus.

A major benefit of the PC boom’s success is MicrosoftThe company sells Windows OS, the operating system that is used by the majority of computers. Although Microsoft has been focusing its efforts on cloud services such as Azure over the past few years, Windows remains a significant business. It generated $5.68 Billion in revenue in the third quarter 2021. This is an increase of 10% over the quarter last year.