Computer hardware maker Lenovo leads the global PC market, according to a report by Counter Research Global PC tracker.
In the first quarter of 2022, the company shipped 18.2 million units, down 9.5% from 2021, but still retained the lead with a 23.1% market share. While most manufacturers have faced production issues due to global chip shortages, Lenovo has performed well during the pandemic, thanks in large part to its in-house manufacturing and operations control. Analysts say this advantage will continue to help the company in times of demand uncertainty or component supply issues.
HP follows at 20.2%, representing a 16% drop in year-over-year shipments, attributed to lower Chromebook demand and changing consumer preferences.
Dell came in third, recording a slight increase in shipments in the first quarter of 2022, attributed to its commercial/premium product strategy. The company’s market share also increased slightly in the first quarter of 2022.
The Counterpoint report notes, “Apple continued its success with the M1 series of MacBooks to see shipment growth of 8% YoY in the first quarter of 2022, which increased its market share by 100 bps YoY. Asus reported 4% year-over-year shipment growth on the back of expanding gaming and commercial products. Acer continued to struggle as Chromebook sales stalled and ended the quarter with a 1% drop in shipments. Both Asus and Acer had around 7% market share in the quarter. »
The past two years have seen a severe shortage of components as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This affected the supply chain and required reorganization. The trend slowly started to change at the end of 2021 and the gaps between supply and demand are gradually closing.