Sandy Bridge Posted January 12 Share Posted January 12 IDC has released their latest PC shipment numbers, showing 292.3 million units shipped in 2022. This compares favorably with sales from the last pre-pandemic year, 2019, of 266.7 million units. So, although the pandemic boom of 2020-2021 in PC sales has subsided, sales remain significantly higher than they were pre-pandemic. Manufacturers surely wished the boom had continued indefinitely, but "what goes up must come down" as they say, and happily for the PC industry the sales appear to have come down to a higher level than where they started. --- Of note, at a meta level, this is in part a post pointing out the folly of comparing statistics from the pandemic years to statistics in "normal" years. A lot of articles are saying, "PC shipments fell in 2022 compared to 2020 and 2021", but that's like saying "U.S. defense spending fell in 1946 compared to 1944 and 1945." I think it's a lot more useful to look at the data when there aren't extreme situations skewing it - how's it compare to historical averages, rather than how does it compare to times when there was something that we all know was highly unusual going on? From that "historical averages" standpoint, we can see that the PC industry appears to be shipping quite a few units still. Maybe there's still a little bit of pandemic boom carryover, and maybe manufacturers over-invested in production capacity that is now being under-utilized, but overall demand looks to be pretty healthy. 3 Desktop: Core i5 2500k "Sandy Bridge" | RX 480 | 32 GB DDR3 | 850 Evo + HDDs | Seasonic 650W | Noctua Fans | 8.1 Pro Laptop: MSI Alpha 15 | Ryzen 5800H | Radeon 6600M | 16 GB DDR4 | 512 GB SSD | 10 Home Laptop history: MSI GL63 (2018) | HP EliteBook 8740w (acq. 2014) | Dell Inspiron 1520 (2007) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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