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Gartner: ‘PC Shipments Lowest Since 2007’

New estimates by Gartner have seen the Global PC market deliver its weakest quarter (in terms of volume) since 2007, declining 4% to 6.1 million units.

It’s the eleventh quarter in a row of decline for the market, says Garter.

“Higher PC prices due to the impact of component shortages for DRAM, solid state drives (SSDs) and LCD panels had a pronounced negative impact on PC demand in the second quarter of 2017,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

“The approach to higher component costs varied by vendor. Some decided to absorb the component price hike without raising the final price of their devices, while other vendors transferred the costs to the end-user price.”

They also found that Asia/Pacific PC shipments surpassed 21.5 million units in the second quarter of 2017, down 5.1% from the same period last year.

In terms of the top six vendors, HP managed to trump Lenovo – though the latter still holds a lead on market share.

Interestedly, Gartner say that the Chromebook market has been growing much faster than the overall PC market, growing worldwide shipments grew 38% in 2016 in contrast to the 6% decline experienced by the overall PC market.

“The Chromebook is not a PC replacement as of now, but it could be potentially transformed as a PC replacement if a few conditions are met going forward,” Ms. Kitagawa said.

“For example, infrastructure of general connectivity needs to improve; mobile data connectivity needs to become more affordable; and it needs to have more offline capability.”