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PC shipments to US rise in 2Q, but tablets go the other way

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Shipments of PCs to the US in the second quarter of the year grew by 17% year-on-year, with 36.8 million units being shipped, according to the technology analyst firm Canalys.

These included desktops, tablets, notebooks and workstations, with notebooks being the best performer, recording a 27% rise year-on-year. Desktop shipments grew by 23%, but tablets remained stagnant, with a drop of 1%.

“It is clear now that pandemic-related use cases will extend well into the future,” said Canalys research analyst Brian Lynch. “This points toward a significant refresh opportunity in the future – fantastic news for PC vendors and their channel and ecosystem partners.

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"The commercial and education segments have exploded, triggering tremendous refresh potential. The US economy has bounced back well from its pandemic woes and small businesses are recovering, which will lead to a wave of purchasing from the segment.”

HP was the top vendor for the second quarter in a row, shipping eight million devices; the brand also dominated the Chromebook market, taking 42% of the US market.

Apple was second even though it saw a 3% decline and was the only vendor to experience a drop in shipments. The tablet market slowed after a spike in 2020.

The resurgence of COVID-19 in the US through the Delta variant had solidified the long-term strategy of many companies to support hybrid working models, Canalys said, adding that many workers preferred to remain at home.

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This would increase the dependency on devices, bolstering commercial refresh opportunities.

Though American schools are expected to continue in-person education in the the 2021/2022 school year, Canalys said this would not hinder the refresh opportunity in the US as educational trends point to PCs being a vital part of the classroom.

Blended learning, hybrid models and online courses are set to be a mainstay in the US with education now transitioning to a replacement market for PCs and the mass procurement seen in 2020 and 2021 is expected to begin its refresh cycle in 2023.

“The US PC industry is set for a bright future. Whether it be work, school or leisure at home, PCs are in users’ hands more than ever. The integration of devices into everyday life points toward a rosy future for the market,” said Lynch.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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