Canalys: PC shipments to exceed 340 million units in 2021

In the past two years, global users’ demand for personal computers has been continuously increasing, and this is the case in 2020 and 2021. According to the 2021 global PC market data report released by the well-known market research agency Canalys, the global PC shipments will reach 341 million units in 2021, an increase of 15% year-on-year and a 27% increase over 2019, and the largest shipment since 2012.

Among them, shipments in the fourth quarter exceeded 90 million units for the second consecutive year, reaching 92 million units. The Lenovo brand has secured its head position. It shipped 21.7 million units in the fourth quarter, down 6.5% year-on-year. However, this does not affect its status as the largest supplier in 2021, with shipments reaching 82.1 million units in 2021, a year-on-year increase of 13.1%.

The second place in total shipments is the HP brand, which will ship 74.1 million units in 2021, a year-on-year increase of 9.5%, of which 18.7 million units in the fourth quarter. The third place is Dell, which shipped 59.3 million units in 2021, of which it ushered in a strong performance in the fourth quarter, with shipments reaching 17.2 million units, achieving a rapid growth of 8.9%.

After that, Apple and Acer ranked fourth and fifth respectively. Among them, Apple’s performance is getting more and more bright. Its annual shipment in 2021 is 29 million units, and the growth rate reaches an astonishing 28.3%. In the fourth quarter, 7.8 million units were shipped, a growth rate of 9.0%, and Apple also became the best performer among the top five PC manufacturers.

2021 was a watershed year in the history of the PC market, with the PC’s place at the center of work, learning and leisure truly cemented,” said Ishan Dutt, Senior Analyst at Canalys. “For the market to post double-digit growth over an impressive 2020, despite the constant cloud of supply constraints, speaks volumes about how strong PC demand has been over the last 12 months. Taking a long-term view, the most important developments in 2021 were the large increases in PC penetration and usage rates. PCs are now in the hands of both young students and older family members, while ownership of two or more PCs per person has become more common in developed markets. Since the onset of the pandemic, a larger than normal proportion of PCs shipped have been new additions to the installed base rather than replacement devices, especially in areas such as education and remote work. This has set the stage for continued success for the PC industry as there is no turning back from how embedded they are in our day-to-day lives.