Personal Computing Device Shipments Forecast to Continue Their Slow Decline with a Five-Year Compound Annual Growth Rate of -1.2%, According to IDC

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, unit shipments for the worldwide personal computing devices (PCD) market, comprised of Traditional PCs and Tablets, are expected to decline 3.3% in 2019. The market contraction comes on the heels of 2018, which also saw an overall decline in shipments despite good growth for commercial PCs. The decline in shipment volume is expected to continue throughout the forecast period as the market shrinks to 372.6 million units in 2023 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -1.2%.

Detachables are expected to grow modestly over the five-year forecast with a CAGR of 4.6%. IDC believes this product category will have a stronger impact in the commercial segment as vendors increasingly focus their attention on enterprise and education markets for their sales. Chrome-based devices, which tend to be education centric, are expected to find some traction as more detachable Chrome tablets enter the scene. Slate tablets will continue to decline with a CAGR of -4.4% with the market becoming increasingly concentrated towards the holiday quarters. Competition from key players has resulted in more brands reducing their presence or exiting the market altogether.

Traditional PCs will continue along a tough landscape with declining desktop demand offset by emerging notebook opportunities, stabilizing with a slight CAGR decline of -0.4% between 2019 and 2023. Some inhibitors that surfaced near the end of 2018 will still be in play in the early part of 2019. Though easing up, the CPU shortage may hamper some entry-level device volume. Gaming PCs, whose momentum had been building for much of 2018, will also face some short-term challenges as the market works through older GPU inventory and the gaming ecosystem warms up to Nvidia’s latest offerings. On a brighter note, although the commercial PC market is expected to see a small dip in 2019 compared to the previous year, the commercial notebook forecast has been raised for 2019. IDC expects a sizable amount of last-minute Windows 10 migration projects to be completed this year, especially among SMBs with an aging installed base. Finally, advances in the PC experience will drive most of the PCD device conversation, further cementing notebooks as the dominant form factor and taking up nearly 46% of the PCD market by 2023.

“Notebooks/Mobile Workstations and Detachable Tablets are expected to take 53% of all PCD shipments by 2023, a clear majority,” said Jay Chou, research manager of the PCD Tracker at IDC. “Even as personal computing takes place on a myriad of devices and emerging venues like the cloud, IDC believes there remains a place for portable devices that can evolve to fit changing tastes while still retaining important but under-appreciated features like a physical keyboard.”

“While the long-run PCD market remains in persistent decline, the constitution of the market continues to churn for the better,” added Linn Huang, research director for Devices and Displays at IDC. “And with ray-tracing ramping up and 5G-connected, dual-screen, and foldable devices on the not-too-distant horizon, consumers and professionals will likely find something compelling at the premium end.”

 
Personal Computing Device Forecast, 2019-2023 (shipments in millions)
Product Category    

2019 Shipments*

   

2019 Share*

   

2023 Shipments*

   

2023 Share*

   

2019-2023 CAGR*

Desktop PC + Desktop & Datacenter Workstation     88.4     22.6%     79.5     21.3%     -2.6%
Notebook + Mobile Workstation 166.0     42.4%     171.0     45.9%     0.7%
Detachable Tablet 22.1     5.7%     26.5     7.1%     4.6%
Slate Tablet     114.7     29.3%     95.6     25.7%     -4.4%
Grand Total     391.1     100.0%     372.6     100.0%     -1.2%
                               
Traditional PC** 254.4     65.0%     250.5     67.2%     -0.4%
Traditional PC + Detachable 276.5     70.7%     277.0     74.3%     0.05%
Total Tablet (Slate + Detachable)     136.8     35.0%     122.1     32.8%     -2.8%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, March 7, 2019
 

* Notes: All figures represent forecast data.

** Traditional PCs include Desktop, Notebook, and Workstation.

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