Strong PC sales across all sectors of the market translated into Q4 growth of more than 10 per cent, according to preliminary figures from IDC.
PC sales in the final quarter of 2002 reached 578,500 – up 10.8 per cent on Q3 and 10.6 per cent on 2001 figures. IDC hardware market analyst, Darian Bird, said most of the growth came from the commercial market – both in the desktop and notebook sectors.
PC shipments reached 2,167,000 units in 2002. The star performer was the notebook market which grew 21.7 per cent over the year.
HP led the way with 18 per cent of the market. Dell followed with 13.4 per cent. Acer did well to capture 6.7 per cent thanks to a massive year-on-year growth of 154 per cent year.
The launch of the Tablet PC last year created a lot of talk in the market, but IDC predictd that category won’t come into its own until it can prove itself in the market.
“IDC expects businesses in the mining, education, health and finance industries to begin trialing the Tablet PC in 2003 with a few large rollouts later in the year,” Bird said. “Some of these businesses will hold off at least until vendors incorporate Intel's Centrino into new models and as a wider range of Tablets become available.
“Most mainstream businesses will wait until proven case studies emerge, improved models appear and the need for Tablet functionality becomes evident.”