During the ongoing pandemic, a good workflow is done while purchasing various tools like laptops, printers, smartphones, and more. The people working from home, students who are currently seeking their studies to keep up with remote learning. Due to this laptop manufacturers are facing a hardware shortage. There are months away from fulfilling outstanding orders.
Considering that the annual global shipments of laptops and desktops peaked at about 3.0 million in 2008, and declined since then. Some analysts stated that the laptop and desktop shipments will again close at about 300 million, up to 15 percent from the previous year. The tablet market has faster growth. According to Catalyst, installed PCs and tablets will reach 1.77 billion, globally with the base was 1.64 billion back in 2019.
To race this rise in demand, manufacturers have added suppliers, speed up shipping, and better models next year to help delay some purchases. There is too much strain on supply chains. Analysts have faced difficulty for PC suppliers to get components even after many factories are working day in day out. They add that the 2021 sales forecasts would be higher.
Acer states that its laptop supplies to its education customers. Thus trying to get a month of shipping via trains and boats. The “urgent need has subsided, but people now want to upgrade, maintaining pressure on the industry.” Ryan Reith, vice president at IDC told Reuters, “additional government stimulus money for schools and businesses in several countries may add to the crunch until 2022.”
Most laptops that will launch with upgraded hardware, especially with 5G and do not expect the strain on the PC industry to ease off any time soon.