According to beancounters at Gartner and IDC the PC market fell between 9.8 percent and 12.3 percent in Q1 2020.
Both blamed the COVID-19 outbreak. IDC added that the reduced supply was due to the fact that PCs were made in China.
2019’s gains were driven by the Windows 10 refresh cycle in the business market — Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. The next potential drive force was expected to be 5G and dual-screen devices, but those are now unlikely to have any impact this year, given the economic climate. Businesses that were betting on such new technologies will have to adjust their roadmaps accordingly.
Gartner estimates that worldwide PC shipments declined 12.3 percent to 51.6 million units in Q1 2020. The top six vendors were Lenovo (-3.2 percent), HP (-12.1 percent), Dell (+2.2 percent), Apple (-6.2 percent), Acer (-12.7 percent), and Asus (-26.2 percent). As you can see in the chart below, Gartner found that in the top six, only Dell saw gains in PC shipments for Q1 2020. The rest of the market was down 31 percent.
Lenovo and Apple saw single-digit declines, while HP and Acer were hit harder and Asus’ numbers were decimated. Last year, Dell’s growth was outpacing its bigger rivals, and now the company has closed the gap behind Lenovo and HP.
IDC estimates worldwide PC shipments declined 9.8 percent to 53.2 million shipments in Q1 2020. The top five vendors in IDC’s results were Lenovo (-4.3 percent), HP (-13.8 percent), Dell (+1.1 percent), Acer (-9.9 percent), and Apple (-20.7 percent). IDC also found Lenovo first and HP second, with Dell rounding out the top three. Again, only Dell saw growth. But IDC noted a much bigger decline for Apple and a smaller decline for the market (down 16.1 percent).