Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Best Kitchen Gadgets
    08:33 Deals

    Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this $23 gadget that should be in every kitchen

  2. Galaxy Star Projector Amazon
    09:43 Deals

    This awesome $32 gadget went viral on TikTok and now Amazon shoppers are obsessed

  3. Prime Day Deals
    07:58 Deals

    Amazon has 10 new early Prime Day deals you need to see to believe

  4. Amazon Gift Card
    07:58 Deals

    $25 in free Amazon credit beats any Prime Day deal – here’s how to get it

  5. How To Save Money On Your Cable Bill
    15:37 Deals

    Your cable company is furious that we’re telling you about this $59 box on Amazon

Smartphones are down, PCs are up, and yes, it’s still 2018

July 13th, 2018 at 9:01 PM
PC Sales Growth

The PC market has posted a surprise growth in shipments this year, the first such increase in 2012 — and the reason why probably won’t come as a surprise.

Market research firms Gartner and IDC are both out with fresh numbers showing a year-over-year bump for the second quarter — Gartner pegging it at 1.4 percent, while IDC recorded a 2.7 percent rise. Part of what was behind that growth was demand for desktops from business customers as well as people hungry for gaming PCs.

Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa, it should be noted, thinks the increase will be short-lived, especially as the Windows 10 upgrade cycle “tails off.”

“PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment,” Kitagawa said. “In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for a consumer PC.

Gartner’s research shows that PC shipments worldwide hit 62.1 million units in the second quarter. And that all regions saw growth to some degree compared to a year ago.

IDC’s research is worth also taking a look at, since it includes Chromebooks but sets aside Windows tablets like the Surface Pro. For Gartner, it’s the opposite.

Actual shipments blew past IDC’s forecasted less than 1 percent rate of growth and marked the strongest bump in desktop shipments since the 4.2 percent the market saw in the first quarter of 2012.

The firm, like Gartner, pointed to increased commercial purchases and consumer demand for gaming systems as driving the growth. “The enterprise shift to Windows 10 and an overall positive economic environment also helped maintain momentum on the notebook side.”

IDC research manager Jay Chou sums all this up by pointing about that PCs still probably aren’t the default computing device in many scenarios, but the market “continues to show pockets of resiliency. Even certain types of desktops are seeing growth amid this business-driven refresh cycle.”

According to the IDC data, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple and Acer all saw increases. The increase, as noted, is likely to be fleeting, but it’s still an interesting pattern to take note of in an economy where portability and small size continues to drive so much of our buying decisions when it comes to the devices we choose.

Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning collection of vinyl, as well as nursing his Whovianism and bingeing on a variety of TV shows you probably don’t like.

Popular News