PC shipments have been in decline now for going on 7 years or so. Desktop sales mostly are for gaming these days but even laptop sales are slowing. The main reason is that existing machines still work and the western markets are very saturated.
MSI’s CEO Charles Chiang said recently some 8 million gaming laptops are sold annually compared to 162 million mainstream machines. Desktop machines are now largely focused on the gaming market.
The ongoing shortages at Intel have made the situation over at AMD a lot easier. AMD has been able to grab desktop market share from Intel who has focused more on mobile. AMD processors are readily available and low cost motherboards are abundant.
Over in China most use a mobile phone for everything . Far fewer households own a laptop or a desktop computer. India has slightly more desktops and laptops but mobile is still a dominant force there too.
Lenovo continues to be the most popular PC, we use Lenovo X and T series machines mostly as they are well documented and have not been problematic.
HP is the second most popular PC and they tend to sell into lower price points than Lenovo. Dell competes with HP for laptops and they are presently in third place. Asus is the fourth largest and Acer rounds out the top 5 PC makers.
Chromebooks and iPads are not included here as they tend to be considering in the mobile area. Apple has been slipping as competition from Huawei and Samsung has been fierce.
The existing inventory of laptops and desktops continue to be a very large market. WIndows 10 adoption has been growing and Microsoft is hoping to grow a successful business around the Windows Store. Microsoft also hopes to sell Office 365 to private households mostly as it can be used by children in schools and college. At present some 700 million machines are running Windows 10.
We tend to rebuild desktops so we recycle chassis, power supplies and sometimes RAM and video cards. We tend to buy few motherboards as they tend to be durable. We have been slow to migrate to DDR4 motherboards due to the digital coin bubble which drove memory prices higher. Now that digital coins are down sharpy we have started to upgrade some hardware.