Data Reveals That PC Sales Worldwide Have Seen A Notable Year-Over-Year Decline Across The First Quarter of 2021 To 2022

Recent data from Gartner reveals that the worldwide sales of PCs has seen a year-over-year decline across Q1 2021 and 2022.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, and this mainly boils down to two reasons. First, and by far the foremost reason, is that the supply shortage that wrecked the electronic markets in 2021 has continued to soldier on, leading to a relative PC shortage in 2022. Smartphone prices were the first to rise in the early days of said shortage, and it seems that PCs have managed to catch up in stride. Ultimately, fewer and more expensive desktops and laptops will only lead to fewer of them being sold. Come on, COVID hit everyone hard, it’s not like the younger generation can afford expensive products right out of the gate. The second reason, and I admit to this being much more speculative than the former one, is simply due to the marketplace returning to some semblance of a pre-COVID world. Since at-home PCs aren’t as necessary anymore, with offices having opened up full-time for everyone, it tracks that people simply wouldn’t want to buy them with the same vigor. People nowadays like fiddling with their mobile phones more than their laptops anyways; the latter can be quite cumbersome to carry around in a pocket.

Lenovo continues to lead the marketplace in Q1 2022, with a total of 18.2 million units sold in just three months. This is a relatively short yet still notable decline from the 20.8 million that were sold by the company in Q1 2021. HP takes a worthy second place with Q1 2022 numbers of 15.8 million units sold, compared to their 2021 19.3 million. Our third and fourth entries on the scoreboard are Dell and Apple respectively, with the former selling 13.7 million units in 2022, and the latter selling 7 million units. Apple’s always been a strong contender in any marketplace, despite the company’s expensive list of products. Therefore, even with a number like 7 million (which is nothing to shake a stick at, but still less notable in front of HP’s 15.8 million), the tech giant’s made more of a profit than perhaps even its relative seniors.

Remember how I wrote about the post-COVID markets theory being speculative at best? Well, here’s a portion of the marketplace that is definitely being affected by an environment that doesn’t rely on remote learning as much anymore. Chromebooks, which saw a massive upcharge in sales across 2020 and even early 2021, aren’t doing as hot anymore. The product was mostly used for the education of children in the USA, until mid-2021 when HP decided to stop investing the idea as much.

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