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Notebook shipments grow as Apple overtakes Asus as fourth-largest manufacturer

By midian182 ยท 5 replies
Feb 12, 2018
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  1. Overall PC sales might be declining, but the same downward trend wasn’t present in last year's notebook market. Research firm TrendForce reports that shipments went up 2.1 percent in 2017, higher than the expected 0.7 percent increase.

    Some of the strongest growth in the notebook sector came from Apple. The Cupertino company took a 9.6 percent share of the market in 2017, up from the previous year’s figure of 8.3 percent.

    MacBook sales, particularly those of the MacBook Pro, helped Apple overtake Asus and become the fourth largest notebook maker by global shipments. Only Apple and HP made YoY market share gains in 2017, with the rest of the top six declining slightly.

    HP, which issued a recall for 50,000 laptop batteries earlier this year, remained in the top spot with a 24.3 percent market share. Lenovo, which also issued a voluntary recall recently, in this case for a batch of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops, kept its number 2 position. Dell stayed in third place, while Acer propped up the table.

    “The global notebook market has benefited from biddings for notebook contracts in North America and regional economic recovery,” said Kou-Han Tseng, TrendForce notebook analyst. “In 2017, the market leader HP showed a considerable growth, driving the overall performance of notebook shipments beyond previous expectation.”

    For 2018, the top six manufacturers are expected to retain their places and see their total market share jump to 89.1 percent, despite competition from Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Huawei. However, the total number of shipments is expected to decline this year from 164.7 million to 163.8 million.

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  2. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 832   +339

    Amazing how far Acer has fallen, they used to ship the most if memory serves me right, now there hanging down at 6th, not even half of the top 3's totals. Apple surprises me, still don't see many macbooks where I live, except at the University, always laugh a little when I walk into a lecture hall and see like 130 lit up apple logos.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,046   +1,381

    It honestly surprises me that HP remains on top. Acer's high tier stuff isnt great by any stretch, but their cheap stuff is WAY better than HP's cheap stuff. Most people around me have sworn off HP for life.

    Im kind of done with Asus too, the last two laptops ive recommended from them have turned out to be straight garbage.

    In the end, most people buy (windows) laptops off the anecdotes of techies, so its always interesting to see the list move around.
  4. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 832   +339

    HP has massive retail presence in the USA, walk into Staples, Best Buy, OfficeMax/Depot, Costco, Walmart, 60-75% of the computers they are selling are HP's.
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,406   +1,570

    Dont remind me....

    -signed, the techie that has to support this plastic garbage that family members buy from worst buy/junkmart/ece.
    mattfrompa likes this.
  6. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 898   +624

    Over the last years I have seen a large shift in that people who used to do their work on desktop computers in their offices are now using notebooks/laptops. Add in that students now cannot seem to survive without one of these and it's no surprise this market is hot.

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