PC Analysis

Highly detailed quarterly data and forecasts for all PC categories

Canalys’ global PC Analysis service offers a unique view of the entire client PC market, with sound methodology-driven shipment estimates and forecasts for desktops, notebooks and tablets. We combine this with Canalys’ unique expertise and direct channels research Channel Analysis to provide a detailed view of routes-to-market dynamics and end-user demand.

Canalys’ proprietary PC shipment tracking database is delivered via an innovative, in-house advanced digital delivery tool that allows you to download the required data anytime, anywhere and in any format. At Canalys, we deliver the most detailed and accurate data for the client PC market, with shipment estimates and forecasts for desktops, notebooks, tablets and two-in-ones.

The PC Analysis service helps clients in many ways:

Innovative market sizing

Canalys’ advanced digital tooling and market source collation technology delivers highly accurate PC market sizing.

Latest industry trends analysis

Unlike the competition, our analysis has been built ground-up to support intelligence about trends, such as connected PCs, gaming-capable PCs, ultra-slims and even secure PCs.

Market-based historical and forecast indexes

Canalys provides regional and market-based vendor indexes (slide decks) that help clients to absorb all our data quickly for better top-level understanding.

Unique channel-level insights

Candefero, an online community of channel partners fully owned by Canalys, provides unique insights.

Installed-base estimates and forecasts

An industry-first, Canalys publishes quarterly updated installed base estimates of PCs by different categories to help OEMs and platform vendors measure the total addressable market accurately.

Digital data delivery with customizable APIs

Canalys creates customized APIs for your organization to deliver real-time data so that you always have the latest numbers.

PC Analysis service includes

 PC Analysis
  • Desktop, notebook, tablet and workstation shipment estimates by model covering 50+ specs
  • Offered in 52+ markets across seven sub-regions
  • A range of accessible analysis: strategy outlooks, vendor performance indexes, country profiles and forecast summaries and assumptions
  • The latest specs, including CPU and GPU – Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, AMD, Apple and more
  • Accurate value tracking via sell-through pricing for usable revenue analysis
  • Global Chromebook shipment estimates by vendor broken down in 20+ core markets
  • Additional splits by channel (ecommerce, store, reseller, systems integrator and more); end-user (consumer, micro, small, medium, large, enterprise, government, education) shipment estimates
  • Two-year quarterly and five-year annual forecasts by category, platform and end user (commercial/consumer)
  • Additional forecast splits by screen size and price band across all categories for granular and targeted analysis
  • Installed-base estimates and forecasts by category and platform (Android, macOS, iPadOS, Windows, Linux)
  • Unlimited inquiries with a 24-hour response time

Our content

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India’s PC market grows at its fastest rate in a decade as shipments jump 45% in 2021 
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China’s PC market grew 10% to hit 57 million units in 2021
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US PC shipments grew 1% to reach 135 million in 2021 
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Half a billion PCs and tablets shipped worldwide in 2021 
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Global PC shipments pass 340 million in 2021 and 2022 is set to be even stronger
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US PC shipments fall 16% in Q3 2021 as education market saturates
Now and next for the PC industry – executive summary
COVID-19 drove the PC market, which includes desktops, notebooks and tablets, to its strongest ever period of growth as people around the world were forced to learn, work, create and consume content from home. In this research paper, Canalys reveals how the PC industry will be transformed forever – and how to capitalize on this change.
Midweek Matters: The future of smart audio
Jason Low, Senior Analyst at Canalys, discusses the smart audio market in 2020, provides forecasts and looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the global market.
Canalys: COVID-19 market insights - Global smartphone market snapshot May 2020
Ben Stanton, Senior Analyst at Canalys, explains how COVID-19 has affected the global smartphone market in Q1, and looks at how the major vendors have fared.
Canalys: Midweek Matters videocast - China market recovery
This week’s Midweek Matters videocast looks at how China is really recovering and how tech companies in China have coped with the crisis. Nicole Peng, VP Mobility, and Jason Low, Senior Analyst, discuss the bright spots and areas of recovery and opportunity.
The impact of COVID-19 on the automotive industry
The global sales of passenger cars has declined for the last two years and the outlook for 2020 was for another low single-digit percentage decline. Then COVID-19 struck, and the impact is already dramatic.
Midweek Matters videocast: Part two - Hearables market in 2020
This week's Midweek Matters videocast looks at the wearables and hearables forecasts. This second part is a 10 minute discussion about the hearables market - TWS, wireless headphones and earphones. It includes a market overview, the growing categories and assumptions on the impact of COVID-19 on the market. We talk about the role of smartphone vendors and bundling, and use cases that will drive demand spikes.

Access and support

Unlimited inquiry
Unlimited inquiry
Direct access to analysts who respond to questions within the topic scope within 24 hours
Feature-rich tools, unlimited access
Feature-rich tools, unlimited access
Individual access to client website, spreadsheets and published content
Trends analysis
Trends analysis
Frequent data and analysis reports produced using a strict methodology and global definitions
Conclusions and advice
Conclusions and advice
Insight and recommendations delivered via analytical reports and direct access to our experienced analyst team

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