Pandemic Leads to Global Resurgence in PC Popularity

Up until earlier this year, the PC was thought to be doomed. With mobile options becoming increasingly more convenient as well as affordable and advances in technology leading to these options becoming far more complex and cutting edge, people just didn’t see the need to buy a PC anymore. This lead to a global decline in PC sales, but with all of that having been said and out of the way it is important to note that the global pandemic that we are going through has lead to a major resurgence when it comes to PC sales and the like.

The previous two quarters of 2020 have seen double digit growth in PC sales. According to a report, Q3 2020 saw nearly 80 million PC unit sales, a number that is almost 13% higher than the sales that were seen in the same quarter last year. A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that people are being forced to work from home now, and this has lead to a lot of changes in the things that they end up buying on a regular basis.

PC usage had not been going down at the same rate as PC sales. People just used these machines to work and since most offices offered their employees laptops or PCs at the office on which they could work, individual consumers no longer saw the need to invest in any such device once all has been said and is now out of the way. This trend can be seen in the notebook market in particular. This market saw record sales back in 2011 of about 64.6 million units, and with sales in the previous quarter reaching 64 million units this record was almost matched and could potentially end up being broken in the near future as well.

The sales of notebooks as well as mobile workstations combined saw a massive 28.3% increase year on year, something that further exemplifies the trend that tech industries in general have profited from this pandemic in some way, shape or form. This also shows that just because of the fact that a particular product is decreasing in sales does not mean that it is becoming unpopular, it might just mean that buying habits are changing and that a major change could result in a resurgence occurring just around the corner.



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