Rise In PC Hardware Sales Blamed on Pandemic. In December 2019, when the covid-19 pandemic began, companies worldwide responded to the pandemic by sending their workforce home to work. This led to a tremendous increase in working from home and increased PC sales, which has not been seen since 2010.
PC hardware producers such as Acer, Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and so on have noticed an increase in demand for their products. Lenovo got back the top position in the hardware PC market during the third quarter of 2020. They had an 11.4 percent rise in PC hardware sales and shipments, attaining more than 19 million units.
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HP rated next, with a growth of around 23.6 percent and shipments summing up to 18.7 million. Dell attained the third position despite a 0.5 percent decline in shipments compared to 2019. Apple had a growth of 13.2 percent and ranked fourth, while Acer claimed the fifth position with an increase of 15 percent. Ryan Reith, the program vice president, worldwide mobile device trackers, said the rise in demand in the PC market would last.
According to the NPD, notebook and laptop sales increased by 10 percent in the first week of March 2020. They claimed that this significant rise in sales was due to the shift to working from home – a 14 percent decrease in mobile devices’ sales due to the quarantines when people considered using larger screens.
International Data Corporation (IDC) also documents that the fourth quarter of 2020 saw international shipments boost sales of 91.6 million PC units, which is equivalent to a 26.1 percent difference compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
Gartner’s information also shows that laptops and notebooks global shipments summed up to 79.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020, which is equal to a 10.7 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2019. Gartner, Inc.’s initial results for the year also show that PC shipments attained 275 million units in 2020, a 4.8 percent increase from 2019 and the highest growth in a decade.
The increase in the remote workforce has been an advantage to a lot of PC hardware producers. The necessity to have a functional and efficient working area influenced the decision to set up high-quality workspaces at home. This necessity subsequently led to the surge in acquiring PCs, monitors, and other required gadgets.