Gartner: Chromebooks hardest hit by falling PC sales

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With the perfect storm economic revolutionwar in Ukraine and supply chain difficulties, Gartner predicts that global PC sales could fall by almost 10% this year. But all the troubles cannot be attributed only to these external conditions.

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Ranjit Atwal, a senior analyst at Gartner who helped write the report, says there are other factors at play. “I expected the consumer outlook to fall anyway this year, and the consumer outlook for the year was already negative. And a lot of that was based on the fact that so many consumers bought PCs before 2020. and 2021,” he said.

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He says that if you combine this with other conditions, it has led to an inevitable recession this year. “All this has increased dramatically because of what is happening with general discretionary spending, inflation, pricing and everything. So while you know there’s no doubt that there will be fewer people buying anyway, there will also be some who will delay buying for other reasons.”

Chart from Gartner showing that PC sales will decline by 9.5% in 2022.

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After shipping 342,000 units last year, up 11 percent from last year, the firm expects just 310,000 units this year, down 9.5 percent. This number only applies to PCs, including Windows PCs, Chromebooks, and Macs.

Chromebooks are expected to be hit the hardest, with Gartner predicting they will drop a whopping 30 percent this year, compared to 3 percent for PCs with Macs, which are expected to remain unchanged.

Some regions of the world will also be hit harder than others, with double-digit declines expected in Eastern Europe and China.

The report also looked at tablets, where these numbers are expected to fall by 9.5%, while phone shipments are expected to fall by 7.1%, with the total of all three categories down by 7.6% in 2022. year.


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