The pandemic resurrects the PC desktop

Something unusual has happened in this second year of pandemic. In homes it seems that there is a place again for the desktop PC. According to data from the

The pandemic resurrects the PC desktop

Something unusual has happened in this second year of pandemic. In homes it seems that there is a place again for the desktop PC. According to data from the IDC consultancy, the sale of this type of machines has grown by almost 7%, an unusual figure for a segment of the computer market that has been decade in decline.

Although there are still some niches where the desktop PC is the most common alternative, such as electronic leisure, some companies and individuals took the leap to portable computer science. But the logistics problems derived from the COVID-19 and the increase in teleworking have been sufficient to invest the trend. According to IDC, there are two fundamental reasons for which consumers are going back to buy on tables.

The first is that remote work does not always get along with portable equipment, usually very little ergonomic and limited in components that have become keys in these last two years, such as videoconferencing chambers. Before the pandemic these limitations were compensated with the ease with which it was possible to move the equipment between home and the office or during a trip.

But after two years of confinement, social distancing and offices, in many homes workers have decided to buy equipment with a greater screen size to work more comfortably.

The second plea is that the problems of logistics and the shortage of chips have converted the teams to be designed, in many cases, in the only viable alternative. The production capacity of laptops is limited and manufacturers are prioritizing the most expensive models. That leaves little alternatives in portable format for those looking for a moderate price computer.

The sale of portable equipment, in any case, has also grown by 2021. In total, 15% more computers have been sold, which in 2020. It is a good number but it is far from the spectacular growth of 29% that there was the first year of pandemic.

IDC, however, acknowledges that it is an extraordinary situation and that the sale of teams will fall again in the coming years, being again relegated to very specific uses and eclipsed by the boom of tablets and smartphones.

Updated Date: 06 January 2022, 13:00

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