In 2018 we wanted to kill the PC. Cell phones and tablets were running wild and new generations seemed to get a rash when looking at a PC or laptop. Sales were down and there were those who were clear that the personal computer of a lifetime no longer made much sense.
That was not true then, and it is less so than ever now. The pandemic and teleworking caused sales to grow significantly, and 2021 has turned out to be a spectacular year for the PC and laptop segment, with global sales that have grown 14.6% and in which all manufacturers – and Apple especially – have gained many integers.
Long live (more than ever) the PC
Canalys figures reveal that in 2021 341 million PCs and laptops have been distributed worldwide, which represents a growth of almost 15% compared to the 297.6 million in 2020 that were also a success: in 2019, 261.2 million had been sold.
We are therefore before a total round of tortilla of the market for PCs and laptops. The situation is logical: millions of people have needed to have a PC or a laptop at home because they suddenly had to telecommute from their homes.
There have been other factors that have contributed to those sales: the appearance of new components, the definitive rise of gaming and Twitch or the appearance of Windows 11 They have also been key to this growth, which has also had many winners.
As figures from Canalys reveal, Lenovo and HP dominate the market: almost one of every two computers distributed in the world in 2021 came from one of these two brands. They grew remarkably (13.1 and 9.5% respectively), but in fact they were the ones that did the least.
Much more significant was the growth of Dell (18%) or Acer (21.8%), but the one that gained the most integers was Apple, which grew 28.3% on the back of some M1 chips that have been accompanied by new equipment that finally responded to the demands of users, such as a MacBook Pro without TouchBar and that gave us back ports such as HDMI or the SD card reader.
This is all good news for manufacturers and users, except for the fact that the chip shortage is in fact being a bottleneck for those sales: it is probable that if this problem did not exist, many more units would have been distributed.
The forecasts of Canalys analysts also reveal that 2022 will also be a year of “digital acceleration” in which users will acquire high-end PCs and accessories that allow teleworking with even more guarantees.
Of course, CES has shown that there was a lot of meat on the grill with the new Alder Lake or the future Ryzen 7000 from AMD as the protagonists of a segment that is more alive than ever. And we that we rejoice.
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