back to article Gartner predicts 9.5% drop in PC shipments

The party is over for PC makers as figures from Gartner suggest the market is on course for a breathtaking decline this year. According to the analysts, worldwide PC shipments will decline by 9.5 percent, with consumer demand leading the way – a 13.5 percent drop is forecast, far greater than business PC demand, which is …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Gartner pointed the finger of blame at"

    All the wrong things.

    With COVID, everybody who needed a new computer bought it (or got it).

    They have it now, they don't need a new one.

  2. big_D Silver badge

    War, what is good for?

    Absolutely nothing! As Edwin Starr used to sing.

    The COVID outbreak caused us to buy all our back office workers laptops, so they could work from home during the lockdown, that after having replaced all their desktop PCs between 2018 and the end of 2019... Now they are all set for the next 5-6 years.

    Then came the war and we are facing a possible 600% price increases in utility bills, with that on the horizon, I expect most people around here are looking to save as much superfluous spending as possible. (Average household gas bill set to rise from ~1,100€ to over 6,000€ this year, electricity and fuel prices have already gone up over 60%.)

  3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Gartner predicts 9.5% drop in PC shipments

    See icon. Most of us in the IT industry predicted this ages ago. But we don't get paid the big bucks for releasing blindingly obvious press releases so no one listened to us.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Boom, boom boom for Raspberry Pi

    Not so with the Raspberry Pi, they cannot make enough to keep up with demand.

    Yes, part of the problem is to do with global chip shortages not to mention scalpers, but it seems the sales have maxed out.

    Saying that, it's not as powerful as a typical PC even though the latest iteration can be used for some light desktop duties. So one could argue that this is comparing apples with oranges, but still, it's nice to see a British designed and built creation do well. Plus it's doing wonders for everyone to have the cheaper opportunity to learn tech, code, tinker and solve problems.

    I own three myself and just love the versatility and one of them is a backup desktop machine.

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