Gartner says 84.1 million PC were shipped in the third quarter of 2021
. That's up one percent on the same period a year earlier. Which doesn't sound much, but last year saw the most buoyant
PC activity in almost a decade.
There was a shortage of suitable laptop chips during the quarter which acted as a brake on sales. Business desktop PC
sales were strong.
Chromebook sales fell 17 percent in the quarter - the biggest drop Chromebooks have seen to date.
“As many schools worldwide reopened, there was no longer an immediate need for PCs and Chromebooks to support at-home
, Gartner research Director
Gartner now counts Chromebooks in its PC shipments.
remains the top selling PC brand. The company's shipments grew slightly faster than the market at 1.8 percent, but
ended a run of five quarters of double digit growth. Lenovo suffered from component shortages.
HP shipments fell 5.8 percent. Poor US demand for Chromebooks
was partly behind this. It too faces supply chain issues.
Dell saw strong growth. Gartner puts this down to the company being stronger in business PCs than in consumer models.
This was were there was more demand.
Apple grew 7.4 percent. Gartner says the company's M1 based models
have been well received by the market. It says an expected product refresh - which will be announced next week - means
some Apple customers put purchases on hold.
Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 11. Gartner says this will have limited impact on business sales as large buyers
tend to be conservative with software upgrades. The research company forecasts a weak fourth quarter with demand driven
more by replacements than new buyers.
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