Top 5 Best-Selling Desktops By Brand

PC Best-Sellers

Tablets on the rise and PCs on the decline may be the overall trend, but PCs are not dead yet. Major players are still innovating and selling, vying to put the most wanted PC out on the market. According to a March 2013 report by NPD Group, a Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research company that provides sales-out data from leading technology distributors, the desktop market has seen a few notable changes since March 2012. (The NPD Group's DistributorTrack sales database is comprised primarily of U.S. Global Technology Distribution Council members.)

Here is a "Top 5" breakdown of best-selling desktop brands as of March 2013 as determined by dollar share percentage.

5. Acer

Last on the top 5 best-selling desktop brands list is Acer with a 3.4 percent dollar share of the desktop market, a 1.3 percent decrease for the company since March 2012. Acer's Aspire M and T series are dually focused on enriched graphics and productivity. Retaining the ability to perform quickly and efficiently, the AXC600 series (pictured) is one-third the size of the Aspire M and T and comes in at a lower cost. Finally, the Predator G desktop line is all about the gaming.


4. Dell

Dell sits at No. 4 on the best-selling desktop brand list with a 7.4 dollar share percentage. The Vostro 270 (pictured), a smaller-form and budget-friendly desktop, was Dell's leading desktop seller in the month of March. Dell's Inspiron 660 line is advertised as Dell's "Everyday Desktop" while the XPS 8700 is geared toward entertainment and gaming. Overall, Dell's dollar share increased .9 percent over the course of the year.

3. Apple

Of all PC players on the NPD list, Apple saw the biggest share loss, dropping from 20.2 percent in 2012 to 17.5 percent in 2013, but still remains over 10 percent higher than fourth-place Dell. Though Apple sits in third place overall, the iMac Core desktop was the desktop with the highest sales of any company for the year. The iMac desktop line is known for its wide screens, super-thin monitors and Intel Core processors. It runs on Apple OS.

2. Lenovo

A drastic widening of the gap between second and third placeholders, Lenovo and Apple, occurred between March 2012 and March 2013. As Apple shares took a significant hit, Lenovo saw a dollar share increase of 4.3 percent, putting it in a strong second place. According to a Lenovo news release, the company experienced record quarterly sales of $9.4 billion and a record 14.1 million PC shipments in its third quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. PC series at Lenovo include the ThinkCentre (pictured) desktop line focused on enterprise productivity and reliability, the IdeaCentre desktop line geared toward home entertainment, and the budget-friendly Essential desktop line.

1. Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard holds a solid first place with a dollar share of 43.4 percent of the desktop market, a full 17.7 percent ahead of its next-in-line desktop competitor, Lenovo. Though HP may have a strong lead, it did take a dip from its 44.8 percent dollar share in March of 2012. The most purchased desktop from HP as of March was the Pro 6305 (pictured) from HP's enterprise-focused, graphic-friendly Pro 6000 series. Following in popularity is the 8300 Elite from HP's sleek-form Elite line, targeting businesses in need of a smaller form-factor desktop. Finally, the Pro 3500 desktop solution appears to be a common budget-friendly option.