What you need to know

  • PC shipments increased by at least 1.5 percent in Q2 2019.
  • Around 63 million devices shipped in that time.
  • The top brands were Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer.

PC shipments were up at least 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2019. Gartner and IDC released estimates for shipments in that time (via VentureBeat). As they are estimates, there is variation between the reports, but both indicate overall PC shipment growth in the second quarter of this year.

Gartner estimates that 63 million devices were shipped in Q2 2019; a 1.5 percent increase. The leading PC makers according to Gartner were Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer. Lenovo led the quarter with a 25 percent market share, and HP was second at 22.2 percent.

IDC has a higher estimate of 64.9 million devices shipped in Q2 2019. The market share rankings were slightly different, with Lenovo leading the pack followed by HP, Dell, Acer, and Apple. The top five is the same as Gartner's estimates but Acer and Apple swapped spots. Both reports have Acer and Apple within half a percent of each other.

While overall PC shipments were up, a large portion of that increase came from Lenovo. Gartner estimates that Lenovo increased shipments by 15.9 percent and IDC estimates a growth of 18.2 percent. HP (2.6 percent) and Dell (2.1 percent) saw more modest increases according to Gartner with similar numbers of 3.2 percent for HP and 3.1 percent for Dell coming from IDC.

Several companies saw their numbers go down in the same quarter. Acer (-14.4 percent), ASUS (-9.9 percent), Apple (-0.2 percent), and "Others" (-6.7 percent) all saw negative growth according to Gartner. IDC differs with only Acer (-1.7 percent) and "Others" (-4.9 percent) experiencing negative growth.

The solid quarter from Lenovo propelled the company into the top spot for PC market share. Both Gartner and IDC had Lenovo behind HP in both devices shipped and market share in 2018's second quarter and Lenovo leading both categories in Q2 2019. Lenovo led in terms of total shipments as well with 15,774000 devices shipped according to Gartner and 16,254,000 according to IDC.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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