Pandemic rebound? PC shipments post biggest upswing in a decade
The PC market rebounded last year, sporting the highest growth rate in a decade, industry analysts said this week, pinning credit (or blame) on the coronavirus pandemic.
Research firm IDC pegged 2020’s global shipments of personal computers at 302.6 million devices, a 13% increase over the year prior, which represented the largest annual gain since 2010. The shipment volume was the largest since 2014, said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager with IDC’s mobile device trackers team, in an interview.
The turnaround was striking: Of the past 10 years, six saw year-over-year declines while one had been flat.
Gartner Research, an IDC rival, also claimed a notable boost in PC shipments. Even though Gartner’s numbers for 2020 differed from IDC’s — the former firm said last year’s increase was just under 5%, less than half IDC’s — it agreed that that growth was the highest measured since 2010.