The global laptop market has dropped significantly in the first quarter of 2022, research company reports Gartner en International Data Corporation (IDC). The companies report that pandemic-related sales slowed down at the beginning of the year.
IDC reports a total of 80.5 million laptop shipments in Q1 2022, while Gartner’s numbers are slightly low at 77.5 million. This is a decrease of 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year.
The loss was mostly due to a decline in demand for Chromebooks. If it were not for Chromebooks, the laptop market would have grown by 3.3% compared to 2021. In simpler terms, only Chromebooks are seeing a decline, while other laptops are still doing well.
The IDC report does not share detailed reasons behind the decline of the Chromebook, but mentions fewer purchases from educational institutions. The education industry uses more than 40 million Chromebooks for teachers and students.
Lenovo is still the best-selling brand, followed by HP, Dell and Apple. However, Dell, Apple and ASUS were the only brands to grow during the year. Apple’s growth should be attributed to the new 14 ″ and 16 MacBook Pros released in October last year, powered by Apple’s own M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
Demand for Chromebooks was exceptionally high in 2020 in the days of distance learning amidst the pandemic. More than 30 million Chromebooks were sold at that time. A shortage of supply chain caused a decline in Q3 2021, but demand recovered rapidly in the next quarter.
Overall, the laptop market is starting to level off after an enormous rise in the last two years.
IDC VP Ryan Reith commented on the report saying:
The focus should not be on the year-on-year decline in pc volumes, as that was to be expected. The focus should be on the PC industry, which manages to ship more than 80 million PCs at a time when logistics and supply chain are still a mess, accompanied by numerous geopolitical and pandemic-related challenges