With the pandemic driving the biggest year for PC shipments in a decade, Lenovo topped rivals HP and Dell in the bitterly contested race for worldwide PC shipment domination, according to market researcher IDC.
PC shipments totaled 348.8 million units in 2021, up 14.8 percent from 2020. This was the highest level of shipments since 2012 – even with a supply chain shortage that has stymied what should have netted even higher sales numbers.
“2021 has truly been a return to form for the PC,” IDC Research Manager Jitesh Ubrani said in a statement. “Consumer need for PCs in emerging markets and global commercial demand remained strong during the quarter with supply being a gating factor.”
While worldwide numbers are up, U.S. totals have dropped, with Dell gaining ground and becoming the number one shipper of PCs in the U.S. for 2021. Still, a different picture is painted when comparing the worldwide numbers – which show demand skyrocketing across the board.
CRN takes a look at the top five companies for worldwide PC shipments in 2021.