The PC market is still declining, according to research firm Gartner, while IDC found positive growth in Q4 2017 and determined it was the most stable year the market has seen since 2011. But the two agreed on the year’s top three computer makers: HP won, followed closely by Lenovo, with Dell bringing up the rear.

Both firms were also optimistic about the PC market, despite more quarters and years in the red than in the black. In short, Gartner and IDC believe computers have hit rock bottom, and a turnaround, or at least a plateau, is due.

Q4 2017

Gartner estimates worldwide PC shipments fell 2.0 percent to 71.6 million units in Q4 2017, marking the 13th quarter of PC shipment declines.

In Q4, the top six vendors were HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple, Asus, and Acer. As you can see in the chart below, Gartner found that Lenovo, Asus, and Acer experienced decreases in PC shipments, while HP, Apple, and Dell grew. The rest of the market was down 10.3 percent.

Meanwhile, IDC estimates worldwide PC shipments inched upwards 0.7 percent to 70.6 million units in the fourth quarter. The top six vendors in IDC’s results were HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple, Asus, and Acer.

IDC agrees with Gartner on the trajectory of the five companies, except for Lenovo, which it estimates was flat. The rest of the market was down 2.2 percent. The exact numbers, for your perusal:


Gartner found that 2017 was the sixth year of annual declines. The trio of companies that grew and the trio that shrank were the same for the year as for the previous quarter:

IDC’s Q4 and full year results were also mirrored, save for Lenovo, which…