PC shipments drop 8% in Q1 2020, even with COVID-19 shelter-in-place

This is the largest shipment decline in 4 years, since Q1 2016 -- and it might get much worse.

Published Sun, Apr 12 2020 8:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:44 AM CST

According to a new report from research firm Canalys, PC shipments are way down this quarter and it's all because of COVID-19.

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The report sees companies shipping 53.7 million PCs (desktops, notebooks and workstations) worldwide in Q1 2020, which is an 8% drop in same period of 2019. But Q1 2020 and its 8% drop is the largest decline in PC shipments in a few years now, with the above chart from Canalys showing a 12% drop in Q1 2016.

The data shows that Lenovo came out on top with 12.8 million systems shipped, HP wasn't far behind with 10.4 million, and Dell in third place with 10.4 million. Apple is a huge drop below that with 3.2 million shipped, while Acer shipped 3.1 million -- "others" covers all the other brands and makes up 12.3 million systems shipped in Q1 2020.

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Some would think that with the current shelter-in-place lockdowns and quarantines worldwide, that PC shipments would've increased with everyone staying at home -- but it appears not. The big thing here is that Lenovo, HP, and Dell commanded 33 million units between them -- but this is a huge drop from 39 million in the same quarter of last year.

Apple had the largest drop between Q1 2020 and Q1 2019, where this year they sold 3.2 million units but compared to 2019 where they sold 4 million that is a 21% drop year-over-year.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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