It seems the desktop computer market has reached its tipping point. Both IDC and Gartner report that the sales drop in the third quarter was not as large as anticipated. Lenovo remains the market leader.
Nearly 80 million desktop computers shipped
The worldwide market for desktop computers has 'only' shrunk 1.7 % according to IDC, while analysts expected a 4.1 % drop. According to the market research firm, some 78.5 million desktop computers were shipped in the past quarter.
The market researchers particularly see improvement in the United States and Europe. 17.3 million desktop computers were shipped in the United States in the past quarter, up 4.3 % year-on-year and up 2.6 % quarter-on-quarter. The European desktop computer market profited from an increased demand for Windows 8.1 notebooks.
Gartner places the bar even higher and says there were 79.4 million shipped desktop computers, not even 0.5 % lower than the same quarter last year. "Consumers’ attention is slowly going back to PC purchases as tablet adoption peaked with mainstream consumers. The transition from PCs to tablets has faded as tablet penetration has reached the 40-50 percent range."
Lenovo remains largest manufacturer
When it comes to market share, IDC and Gartner both place Lenovo at number one with some 20 %. HP (18 %), Dell (13 %) and Acer (8 %) trail Lenovo.
Gartner places Asus at number 5 (7.3 %) but IDC puts Apple at number 5 (6.3 %). In July-August-September, 4.98 million Mac computers were sold and according to IDC, that is marginally more than what Asus from Taiwan sold. MacBook and iMac "price drops" have helped Apple's surge, according to IDC.