Market Overview

Performance and Portability Shine in an Otherwise Declining Market for Personal Computing Devices, According to IDC


Unit shipments for the global personal computing devices market,
comprised of Traditional PCs, Tablets, and Workstations, is expected to
contract by 3.9% in 2018, according to the latest forecast from the
International Data Corporation (IDC)
Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker
. This decline is
expected to continue throughout the forecast period as the market
shrinks to 383.6 million units shipped in 2022 with a five-year compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) of -1.5%. Despite the decline in overall
shipment volume, the market is expected to grow 3.6% in terms of dollar
value to $237.3 billion in 2018, fueled by 2-in-1s (detachable tablets
and convertible notebooks), ultraslim notebooks, and even desktops,
particularly ones used for gaming.

"Although average time spent on a PC has declined substantially in the
past few years, the need for better designs and greater performance has
continued to grow," said Jitesh
, senior research analyst with IDC's Quarterly
Personal Computing Device Tracker
. "The market for gaming PCs
provides a much needed uplift in the short term and beyond that we still
anticipate the need for performance-oriented machines that cater to
designers, AR/VR related tasks, and even to creators that are part of
the YouTube generation."

Among the various form factors, desktop PCs are expected to see a CAGR
of -2.7% as most of these devices are destined for the commercial market
where lengthy refresh cycles and saturation are contributing to a steady
decline in shipments. Slate tablets, along with traditional notebooks
and mobile workstations, share a similar outlook with five-year CAGRs of
-5.3% and -9.1% respectively.

Meanwhile, ultraslim notebooks and 2-in-1 devices share a much more
positive outlook as the categories are forecast to achieve CAGRs of 7.8%
and 9.3% respectively. "While the ramp of convertibles and detachables
has been more crawl than run, the category on the whole continues to
build momentum," said Linn
, research director Devices & Displays at IDC. "Strong form
factor appeal, the continued growth of gaming, and even the ascent of
Chromebook as a consumer device in North America will all play an
important role in bolstering the critical holiday season that is

Personal Computing Device Forecast, 2018-2022 (shipments in
Product Category    










Desktop + DT & Datacenter Workstation     94.4     23.2%     84.5     22.0%     -2.7%
Notebook + Mobile Workstation 162.3 39.9% 165.0 43.0% 0.4%
Detachable Tablet 22.5 5.5% 31.4 8.2% 8.7%
Slate Tablet     127.8     31.4%     102.8     26.8%     -5.3%
Grand Total     407.0     100.0%     383.6     100.0%     -1.5%
Traditional PC 256.7 63.1% 249.5 65.0% -0.7%
Traditional PC + Detachable 279.2 68.6% 280.8 73.2% 0.1%
Total Tablet (Slate + Detachable)     150.3     36.9%     134.1     35.0%     -2.8%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker,
August 30, 2018

* Note: All figures represent forecast data.

In addition to the table above, a graphic illustrating worldwide
shipment growth for the main PCD product categories over the 2018-2022
forecast period is available by viewing this
press release on

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gathers data in more
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detachable tablets, slate tablets, and workstations. In addition to
insightful analysis, the program delivers quarterly market share data
and a five-year forecast by country. The research includes historical
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