It’s important to note that this is an increase in computer shipments, not sales — even though one impacts the other, they’re different numbers entirely. More than that, this is just three months, with both firms noting that the same period last year was relatively soft. Still, any news is good news for PC makers. HP led the pack, notching nearly 8 percent increased shipments, with Lenovo, Dell, Apple and Acer rounding out the rest of the top five, according to IDC.
Gartner says that this won’t last long, though, predicting that business demand will drop in two years once organizations have finished upgrading for Windows 10. Consumer sales weren’t anything to write home about, with Gartner saying that folks like you and me continue “to impact market growth” because more and more people are doing typical computer tasks on their smartphones and tablets instead.
However, IDC says that hardware shipments for folks who demand more from their computers — gamers — grew. If you pause a moment, it’s not too difficult to piece together what happened here. Last summer, cryptocurrency mining was all the rage and drove GPU prices through the roof, leaving people who wanted to play the Prey reboot at the highest resolution possible in a lurch. Now that crypto has fallen out of the zeitgeist, it means more people are able to afford gaming PCs.