A new research report from Canalys analyzed global PC sales in Q2 2021. This device class includes desktops like all-in-one, towers, laptops, and Chromebooks (as a subset of laptops).
Demand remains high, especially due to a strong commercial segment as the pandemic-driven urgency of consumers to grab PCs is starting to slow down. Component supply problems remain a problem for industry, but the extent of deficiencies and backlogs is reduced.
The total PC market grew 13% year after year in Q2 2021, and the total estimated number of delivered 82.3 million units. Lenovo led the quarter, delivering 20 million units this quarter compared to 17.4 million last quarter, growing 14.7% the year before and ending with a 24.3% market share. HP is number two with 22.6% market share, selling approx. 18.6 million units and growing only 2.8% compared to the year.
Dell ranks third with 17% share and shipped 13.9 million units. Apple ranks fourth in the segment with 7.8% market share and approx. 6.4 million units. Acer comes in right after Apple with 7.3% market share, and the remaining OEMs accounted for 21% of all market share, a total of 17.3 million units.
The increase is mostly driven by commercial sales channels made by recovering companies. Looking ahead, the industry can expect consumer sales to decline while commercial sales increase. At the same time, supply chain constraints, although still affecting production, have relieved component delivery times.
The PC market should see strong sales next year as Apple’s M1 computers continue to seep into the market. New updates for ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows 11 should continue to drive sales to the segment.