The Australian PC market grew six per cent sequentially and 15 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2004, according to IDC. This was despite the quarter traditionally being a quieter period for sales.
IDC PC analyst, Michael Sager, said: "There were some surprises such as a few large tenders on the education side which saw the commercial notebook market soar."
While that market achieved 19.8 per cent sequential growth, Sager said, the commercial desktop market grew a more modest 4.7 per cent. In the corporate sector businesses with more than 500 employees had largely completed their buying cycle, he said. But in those with up to 250 employees, demand for PCs remained strong.
In the consumer space, notebooks grew 2.3 per cent while desktops declined some 4.4 per cent, he said.
"Q1 is the migration between strong consumer demand in Q4 and strong
corporate demand in Q2, so lower growth was expected," he said. "The drop-off in desktops was completely expected as consumer notebooks have really taken off."
The effect the Ingram Micro-Tech Pacific merger had on the market was also noticeable, Sager said. "With so many vendors at Ingram, companies have to fight just to hold their ground," he said. "So they are looking at their channel strategy again. That's also putting pricing and relationship pressure on the vendors too."
In the vendor rankings, the combined PC and notebook market saw HP lead with 16.3 per cent market share, followed by Dell with 13.3 per cent and Acer with 10.4 per cent. IBM held 8.1 per cent, Toshiba 5.2 per cent, Apple 3.5 per cent and Optima 3 per cent.
Sager said Acer continued to experience growth, boosting its share of the market by nearly one per cent between Q4, 2004 and Q1, 2005. "Acer's growth last year was against whiteboxes but this year it is against branded vendors in SME," he said.
"Apple is also doing well with demand for their Mac Minis and Optima is really learning how to compete as a local vendor."