PC Sales Rose 8.43 Percent in Q3 2020

Posted on October 13, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile, Mac and macOS, Windows 10 with 7 Comments

Thanks to the pandemic’s work- and learn-from-home requirements, PC sales rose 8.43 percent in the third quarter year-over-year (YOY) to 73.1 million units.

As always, the numbers here represent an average of data provided by both Gartner and IDC.

“This quarter had the strongest consumer PC demand that Gartner has seen in five years,” Gartner’s Mikako Kitagawa said. “The market is no longer being measured in the number of PCs per household; rather, the dynamics have shifted to account for one PC per person.”

“Consumer demand and institutional demand approached record levels in some cases,” IDC’s Jitesh Ubrani agreed. “Gaming, Chromebooks, and in some cases cellular-enabled notebooks were all bright spots during the quarter. Had the market not been hampered by component shortages, notebook shipments would have soared even higher during the third quarter as market appetite was yet unsatiated.”

Lenovo again emerged as the biggest PC maker by volume, having sold 18.8 million units, a record, and hitting 25.7 percent marketshare. HP was number two, with 17 million units, and Dell was in third place with 11.4 million units sold. Apple came in fourth place with 6.2 million units sold, giving the Mac 8.48 percent marketshare. Of the five biggest PC makers, only Dell didn’t experience double-digit growth.

As most readers probably know, PC sales fell for seven straight years before experiencing a barely-measurable growth of 1.9 percent in calendar year 2019. PC sales were expected to fall in 2020, 2021, and 2022, but thanks to COVID-19, we’ve seen a temporary respite in the decline. Last quarter, PC sales rose by 7.1 percent. So it’s reasonable to think we’re going to see a net sales gain for the full year as well.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “PC Sales Rose 8.43 Percent in Q3 2020”

  1. madthinus

    Life in the old dinosaur still! Who knew?

    Every PC lover shouting back: Told you an iPad is not a bloody computer!

    • Sprtfan

      In reply to madthinus:

      At my wife's school they had given a large number of people iPads to use to do Zoom meetings on. After the first week, they were all replaced with Chromebook, PC, or the teacher brought their own device to use. iPad was pretty much useless in their work case. They ended up sending the iPads home with some preschool and kindergarten students that needed a device and probably worked well for them.

  2. StevenLayton

    Is this count for NEW devices, or does it include reconditioned devices? The latter is big in education.

  3. peterc

    I’m certainly part of Lenovo’s market share, we needed to buy two more desktop pc’s for home working and bought two high spec Lenovo legion gaming pc’s with a lot of ram and decent graphics cards core i7 etc,... for work use of course. They are great PC’s though, they chew through everything we throw at them and that’s a lot of big data and pretty heavy graphics usage....

    I hadn’t bought a desktop since 2015 previously...

  4. UK User

    Don't know about iPads and the such as I have never owned or used Apple products but what I do know is that I get more satisfaction using my Dell desktop over any of my more mobile items, Galaxy Tabs, mobile phones and the such. My desktop is a few years old now but I choose to do most of my computing sat in front of my large screen. Despite the many troubles with Windows 10 I find it an ok OS but not as friendly as some of the earlier OS, despite the many help articles. More sophisticated than I need it to be, as is Office, but that is progress I would assume.

  5. markld

    I'm one that contributed to the sales.

    I now have a Lenovo Thinkcentre and love it with a large desktop screen.

    I can get by out in the field with my Google pixel and a laptop but at my home I can get by better with a desktop.

  6. bkkcanuck

    Not following the Windows laptop right now, but I am actually rather surprised that Dell has not participated in this 'boom' market for traditional form factors....