The PC shipments of desktops and notebooks, including workstations, rose 13 percent to 82.3 million units in the second quarter of 2021, according to Canalys.
Component supply issues remain a problem for the industry, but the extent of order shortfalls and backlogs is reducing.
Notebook and mobile workstation shipments grew 15 percent to 66.7 million units.
Desktop and desktop workstation shipments rose 6 percent to 15.6 million units.
Lenovo extended its lead at the top, with annual growth of 14.7 percent and shipments above the 20-million-unit mark for a third consecutive quarter.
HP held onto second place but with the smallest shipment volume growth of the top five, up just 2.8 percent as it suffered slowdowns in EMEA and Japan.
Dell posted growth of 16.5 percent to close in on the top two, with its strength in the commercial sector coming to the fore as business recovery drove new orders.
Apple and Acer rounded out the top five with double-digit growth, posting shipments of 6.4 million and 6.0 million units respectively.
Canalys Research Director Rushabh Doshi said: “The slowdown in consumer demand, stemming from fulfilment of backlogs and greater market penetration, has been nicely balanced by growing commercial demand, as markets around the world limp back to normality.”
PC vendors now have two key business opportunities – first-time PC users and upgraders. The report said Upgrade opportunities will provide a strong long-term sales pipeline.
Some of the most exciting platform innovation is happening now. Apple with ARM and macOS updates, Microsoft with Windows 11 and Google with Chrome OS are poised to make PCs their next battlefield, which can only benefit vendors and their supply chain partners, Rushabh Doshi said.