PC shipments in Q1 2021 saw their highest growth rate year-to-year since 2000

The shipment of PCs saw a 32-percent increase in Q1 2021 compared a similar time window in 2020.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic has been keeping many at home, out of schools, and working remotely, the need for PCs in both consumer and business capacity has increased exponentially over the course of the previous year. Whether it came from a need to continue school or business or just a desire to game to pass the time, the demand has skyrocketed. It was apparently enough to make Q1 2021 the most active period in PC shipment since 2000 according to a recent report.

The aforementioned report on Q1 2021 PC shipments come from Gartner and was posted on April 12, 2021. According to the report, PC shipments to vendors and retailors saw a 32-percent increase in Q1 2021 in comparison to Q1 2020. This amounted to an estimated total of 69.9 million laptops and desktops being shipped throughout the quarter with PC makers Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer and Asus making up the lion’s share of shipments. Gartner also claimed this is the largest growth in PC shipments since the year 2000.

Back-to-school and business laptop and desktop markets faltered throughout 2020 due to manufacturing and shipping stalls due to COVID-19 shutdowns and countermeasures, but demand has remained constant and PC makers have risen to meet it as production and shipping stabilizes.
Back-to-school and business laptop and desktop markets faltered throughout 2020 due to manufacturing and shipping stalls due to COVID-19 shutdowns and countermeasures, but demand has remained constant and PC makers have risen to meet it as production and shipping stabilizes. (Image by David Zalubowski / AP)

While PC shipments did drop sharply at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as many businesses faltered and some manufacturing was stalled by issues and countermeasures, demand continued to grow throughout commercial and consumer markets. Compounded with a global semiconductor shortage with has drawn U.S. federal investigation and hampered other markets such as Nintendo Switch production, there have been major periods of the previous year where supply could not meet demand. Manufacturers are still working to secure resources, stabilize production, and deliver to the global market following the worst of the pandemic.

Nonetheless, Q1 2021’s massive PC shipment numbers seem to signal that the industry is rising to meet massive demands. It remains to be seen if the major increases in shipment year-to-year will continue as resource shortages and high demands remain.

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      April 13, 2021 8:50 AM

      I guess Q1 hasn't seen the full impact of covid affecting supply chain. It'll be curious to see how these numbers play out for the next few quarters as we get into the point where covid had a much larger impact.

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        April 13, 2021 7:08 PM

        Counter point - Q1 2021 was 9+ months into the thing and (hopefully) in the home stretch. So to still be selling big numbers is interesting.

        But yeah the subsequent quarters will be interesting to see.

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      April 13, 2021 8:53 AM

      Of course, q1 of 2020 wasn't WFH time yet.

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      April 13, 2021 9:48 AM

      because its the only way to get high end video cards. Lots of people buying pre-builts, taking the video card and reselling the system.

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