In the desktop segment, consumer and demand was high for whitebox gaming and all-in-ones being notable. Notebooks were in demand across both consumer and commercial segments, with 46.6% and 52.4% growth bringing the total units shipped coming to 1.081 million.
“The commercial market saw huge demand as businesses, government, and students all moved to working from home and online learning,” said Reynard Lowell, IDC Australia’s associate market analyst for PC devices.
"Consumer demand was even stronger, and major retailers in Australia were well equipped for the surge in demand through online purchases, as well as other offerings such as click & collect.
“Gaming PCs also saw huge growth as people are looking for indoor entertainment and many turned to gaming to fill time or socialise virtually.”
The sale of PC monitors followed a similar trajectory to that of the PC market, with 53.3% growth year-on-year. Many people who were forced to work from home took the opportunity to set up a proper home office, IDC said.
The firm predicted that the third quarter would see similar growth, with 8.3% predicted.
“The consumer market will be the main growth driver," said Lowell. "However, the commercial market is expected to slow down, as a lot of buying has happened during the first half of the year.
"Uncertainty about the future economy will also affect capital expenditure, as businesses, particularly SMBs, will be looking to reduce and streamline costs.”