Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations, rose 13.2 percent to 83.6 million units in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21) despite global component shortages and logistics issues.
Elevated demand for PCs combined with shortages that greatly impacted the supply of notebooks led to desktop growth outpacing that of notebooks during the quarter.
Though growth remains quite high, it has begun to taper off as the 13 percent growth rate in 2Q21 is far lower than the 55.9 percent growth in 1Q21 and 25.8 percent growth in 4Q20, said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst with IDC’s Devices and Displays Group.
Demand potential in the commercial segment appears promising. There are indicators of consumer demand slowing down as people shift spending priorities after nearly a year of aggressive PC buying, IDC said.