Researcher IDC has released its latest quarterly PC tracker data. This charts the worldwide desktop, laptop, and workstation market shipments.by dataPC shipments “remained weak” in the fourth quarter of 2022.
There were some bright spots in IDC’s report: Full-year 2022 shipments will remain higher than the pre-pandemic period, and recovery on the consumer side will begin in Q3 2023 or possibly early 2024. is expected.
Interestingly, according to IDC, PC shipments in Q4 2022 were on par with 2018, when Intel was struggling with supply shortages and the industry felt the effects of parts shortages. Researchers say last year’s sales of 292.3 million units were still well above pre-pandemic levels, but the latest figures show the ‘pandemic boom in the PC market is over’. claims. (However, this number is certainly below the total of 350.1 million PCs sold in 2021.)
According to Canalys’ report late last year, U.S. PC shipments fell 12% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2022. However, that report covered only his PC shipments within the US, whereas IDC’s data is for the entire world.
Another problem in the PC industry in recent months has been the declining Average Selling Price (ASP). IDC suggests that excess channel inventories pushed prices down to stimulate demand. Not to mention that pre-assembled PCs are cheaper than ever as key components such as GPUs, RAM and storage are dropping in price.
The consensus among analysts is that the PC market as a whole will return to its growth cycle in late 2023, according to IDC, but the consumer segment could start to show signs of recovery as early as early 2024. There is a nature.
Both the end of support for Windows 10 and the building refresh cycle are likely to drive an increase in PC purchases in the commercial segment.
On the consumer side of the equation, we can see enthusiasts and gamers build or buy all-new systems, taking advantage of exciting recent advancements from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia. Consumers may decide it’s time to jump on a new platform with DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. There are also new laptops and mini PCs that are more powerful than ever (here, pre-built is the only option).
Readers, do you think this will be the year of buying or the year of saving/waiting? What recently launched/announced processors or components will motivate you to buy a new system? please let me know