HP tops Dell in Q4 notebook sales

HP and Acer showed a sharp increase in notebook PC sales during the fourth quarter, according to DisplaySearch

Hewlett-Packard built on its lead over Dell in the global notebook PC market for the fourth quarter of 2006, and Acer increased its lead over fourth-place Toshiba, according to an analyst report released Monday.

Both Dell and Acer grew at a pace of 29 percent compared to their units sold in the third quarter, far above the global notebook market growth rate of 14.4 percent, according to DisplaySearch. That allowed them to gain ground in market share on Dell, whose sales dropped 2 percent, and Toshiba, which grew only 5 percent.

If Acer maintains this pace, it will soon pass Dell and move into second place, the report said. Acer sold 3.1 million notebooks during the fourth quarter, passing the 3 million unit mark for the first time and drawing close to Dell's 3.5 million units.

Aggressive retail marketing was the recipe for success, said John Jacobs, DisplaySearch's director of notebook market research, in a statement. An increasing number of first-time PC buyers are choosing notebooks instead of desktops, and existing owners are making the same choice when they upgrade.

The most successful notebook vendors took advantage of those trends with large advertising budgets and a wide range of products from entry-level to high-end systems, and included bundles with printers or flat-panel displays, Jacobs said.

The new report was similar to vendor rankings released March 6 by iSuppli that covered both notebook and desktop sales. But the DisplaySearch report focuses only on notebooks, a sector that is growing much faster than desktops or servers. For the full year of 2006, the notebook market grew 27.7 percent to 78.8 million units. The overall PC market grew more slowly, rising 8.9 percent to 238.7 million.

Now the notebook market is on track to continue its strong growth in 2007, rising 23 percent to reach a forecast of almost 97 million units, according to DisplaySearch.

HP will claim the lion's share of that growth, with a top market share of 20 percent. The rest of the rankings for global fourth quarter notebook sales include Dell (15 percent), Acer (13.3 percent), Toshiba (9.8 percent), Lenovo (8.4 percent), Fujitsu-Siemens (5.3 percent), Sony (5 percent), Asus (4.4 percent) and Apple (4.1 percent).

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ben Ames

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?