back to article Higher spec machines lift US PC revenues 40% even as shipments drop

US PC shipments fell by double digits in the first quarter of 2022, mostly due to the collapse of Chromebook orders, yet the effect of inflation and a greater mix of higher spec machines lifted the value of those sales. According to data compiled by tech analyst Canalys, some 19.554 million units were shipped into the channel …

  1. Little Mouse Silver badge

    Elephant in the room...

    In previous decades, a significant factor in driving up hardware sales would be a new release of Windows coming out.

    There's not even a mention of Windows 11 in the article, so I assume that is no longer the case.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Elephant in the room...

      Companies aren't going to roll out Windows11 for at least another year - we certainly aren't.

      Home users aren't buying new machines this year, with Win11 or not, because they all bought new laptops to work from home last year.

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Elephant in the room...

        The same probably applies to Chromebooks and home schooling.

        Did anyone expect any different?

  2. DS999 Silver badge

    Supply chain probably driving up ASP

    If you have a shortage of components, you will put them in your higher spec PCs first to meet all that demand, so shortages only affect your low end stuff that isn't that profitable.

    Apple discussed this in one of their quarterly calls when they said they allocated all the components in shortage to iPad Pro first, so that the shortages primarily affected the lower price / lower margin iPad Air.

  3. ecofeco Silver badge

    They could make a lot more money if...

    ...their websites were not inexorable shite.

    Been making some corporate purchases recently and my experience with all the major name brands is an utter nightmare. All of the their websites seem to be designed by some marketing wankers fresh from college community using the hundred moneys on typewriters method and customer support, both chat and phone, designed to obstruct and hinder and nobody, but nobody goes off script.

    Yeah, that will help sales every time. Not.

    1. Bitsminer Bronze badge

      Re: They could make a lot more money if...

      You could locate your local Dell salesdroid (or HPE or Lenovo or whatever). They usually have people to help configure the details of any equipment purchase and additional direct links to sales support, tech support, warranty, and, if it applies, resale people.

      If you are doing more than $0.5M pa, you should have one with your phone number on their speed dial.

      The vendors usually also have local distributors that do those same things but with longer latencies. And fewer revenue constraints.

      The websites are for entertainment purposes only.

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