Dell Technologies has retained the leading position in the global PC monitor market, recording 21.4 per cent of the worldwide share during the second quarter of 2019.
The vendor shipped over 6.4 million units, outpacing the market with growth of 1.1 per cent, mainly due to “solid results” in North America and Western Europe.
More generally speaking, and according to IDC findings, the worldwide market for PC monitors saw a year-over-year decline of 2.2 per cent during the quarter, with shipment volume totalling just over 30 million units.
Although the market shrank, the results exceeded forecast and maintained the seasonal trend of surpassing first quarter volume, IDC stated.
“Outside of Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), the PC monitor market was otherwise healthy in the second quarter," said Jay Chou, research manager, IDC. “Commercial replacements and upgrades into larger screens continue to drive the narrative, though the shift toward notebooks in the biggest region, Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), and a slowdown in China has wrought some challenges.”
Chou said factors which affected the results include "continued adoption of larger models, relatively strong shipments in 1Q19 that left some inventory, and premium focus on gaming and curved displays".
External implications such as Windows 10 migration in the commercial PC space and international trade tensions also played a factor.
Meanwhile, behind Dell in the market is HP with 15.2 per cent share, having shipped more than 4.5 million units during the three-month period, despite a shipment decline of 1.9 per cent year-over-year. Rounding off the top five vendor list is TPV (14.4 per cent); Lenovo (10 per cent) and LG Electronics (8.2 per cent).
“Curved monitors grew 44.7 per cent year-over-year in 2Q19, with both consumer and commercial markets increasingly receptive to the still niche but growing part of the display landscape,” IDC stated. “Though 21.5-inch is the most popular screen size currently, bigger screens are expected to grow, and IDC expects 23.8-inch wide monitors to take the top position by 2023.
“Monitors with IPS panels took half of 2Q19 volume, the first time it has reached 50 per cent of market. TN panels remained the second most popular panel but has seen more competition from VA panels, which gamers increasingly are moving towards.”
Going forward, IDC expects 122 million PC monitors will ship for the full year 2019, representing a year-over-year decline of one per cent, but this is still a raised outlook compared to earlier forecasts.