U.S. personal computer (PC) shipments (including desktops, notebooks and workstations) reached 19.5 million units in quarter one of 2022, down 14% year-over-year, according the Canalys research group.
Personal computer shipments
Desktop shipments continued to bounce back in the U.S., up 33% as workers returned to offices with greater consistency. Notebook shipments fell 22%, mostly due to the drop-off in Chromebook purchasing for education, which peaked in early 2021.
Apple grew an impressive 18%, bucking the trend of softness in consumer demand as its M1-powered MacBook lineup has proved to be a strong driver in convincing users to refresh their devices. It placed fourth among U.S. personal computer makers.
Canalys says tablet shipments stayed healthy with 5% growth, with backlog orders from the 2021 holiday season spilling into the first quarter of this year.
Dell led desktop and notebook shipments in the U.S. for the third straight quarter with 7% growth. HP shipped 4.3 million units to take second place, but its shipments fell 40% year-on-year.
Lenovo fell to third place as it suffered a 24% year-on-year decline in shipments. Acer rounded out the top five with 3% growth.
When it comes to tablets — which Canalys doesn’t include in its personal computer tally — Apple led the tablet vendors with 4.5 million units shipped, taking a 38% market share. The 4.5 million in sales for quarter one of 2022 compared to sales of 4.4 million in quarter one of 2021, providing 2% growth year-over-year.
Amazon’s Fire tablet line grew 7% to dominate the low-end slate market amid heavy discounting. Samsung had a flat quarter due to waning consumer demand for its mid-range and high-end Android tablets.
Canalys says TCL impressed with 120% growth. Microsoft Surface tablets grew 25% after performing modestly against its competitors in 2021.