The first quarter saw the shipment of 77 million laptops and PCs worldwide. Lenovo, HP and Dell have the largest percentage in the market.
Worldwide PC and laptop shipments totaled 77.5 million units in the first quarter of 2022, down 7.3% from the first quarter of last year, according to preliminary results from Gartner.
According to the analytics company , a sharp drop in Chromebook sales contributed significantly to the overall market decline.
“After an unprecedented rise in Chromebooks in 2020 and early 2021, driven by demand from the US education market, Chromebook growth has moderated,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner. “It was a tough quarter for the PC and Chromebook market to achieve growth, with the PC market last year posting its strongest growth in decades.”
Between brands and pandemic
Excluding Chromebooks, the global PC market grew a modest 3.3% year over year.
Slowing consumer demand contributed to the market’s downward trend as discretionary spending moved away from devices.
However, business PCs saw growth in the first quarter of 2022 as hybrid working and a return to offices created demand for desktop devices.
The top three vendors in the global PC market were flat in the first quarter of 2022: Lenovo held the #1 spot in shipments with a 23.6% market share, with 18 million units, but with a decline from 20 million last year.
In second place is HP with 20.5% market share with its 15 million 800 thousand units, although with a drop of 17% compared to 2021.
Dell shipped 13.7 million units, with a 17.7% share. Compared to 2021, it grew by 5%.
The next two positions have also grown, with Apple in the lead and its 7 million units that earned it an 8% growth compared to 2021. According to the analyst, this was due to the great popularity of its new Macs based on its chip M1 .
Asus and Acer close the list with only a difference of 60 thousand units between them, each with 7.2 and 7.1%, respectively. Of course, the growth of the first was tremendous, with 20% ahead of last year.