Lenovo outshined Dell globally last quarter

Wow, what’s happening to U.S.-based PC vendors? As HP’s PC business lies on the chopping board, Gartner reports that Lenovo outshipped Dell last quarter, stealing the number-two spot and knocking Dell to third place worldwide. Check out the research firm’s preliminary share numbers for the global market:

Vendor Q3 2010 share Q3 2011 share Shipment growth
HP 17.3% 17.7% 5.3%
Lenovo 11.1% 13.5% 25.2%
Dell 12.2% 11.6% -1.4%
Acer 14.2% 10.6% -23.2%
Asus 5.4% 6.2% 18.5%

Dell suffered even greater decline in shipments back home, although it managed to hold on to the silver medal. Here are Gartner’s preliminary U.S. numbers:

Vendor Q3 2010 share Q3 2011 share Shipment growth
HP 25.4% 28.9% 15.1%
Dell 23.8% 21.9% -7.2%
Apple 10.8% 12.9% 21.5%
Toshiba 8.8% 8.4% -3.9%
Acer 10.5% 7.8% -25.4%

Gartner attributes Dell’s poor performance to "intensified competition in the professional space, where Dell has been traditionally strong." Looks like Acer didn’t do too great, either (even if the Gartner press release doesn’t say much about them). On the other side of the spectrum, HP managed to beat the 3.2% global growth rate and 1.1% U.S. growth rate—that’s despite announcing plans to spin off or to sell its PC division. Apple took the cake domestically by far, though.

Overall, Gartner says its preliminary data suggests PC shipments grew slightly slower than expected globally. That’s due in part to slowdown in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. The firm says the U.S. PC market actually "experienced year-over-year growth for the first time in three quarters."

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 8 years ago

    I love my ThinkPad T420. As much as I like Dell, I think they stumbled with the design on the current round of Latitudes (E5420, 6420, 5520, 6520), and the T-Series is just more comfortable to use, lighter, and smaller in size than their Dell counterparts. Some of Lenovo’s software is really slick too (e.g., their Power Manager software, which lets you set custom battery charge thresholds)

    Dell wins in business service though Lenovo’s customer service is wildly inconsistent, and their logistics (built in China, then shipped here, not much in the way of just-in-time stuff) is slow. Their depot service has a lot of horror stories (contracted to Solectron and others); I wouldn’t get a ThinkPad without onsite service. Fortunately, I’ve never needed service from Lenovo; the ThinkPad line is built fairly well, and they make detailed service manuals available for anyone who wishes to read them.

    • valrandir
    • 8 years ago

    Apple is a US-based PC vendor and is doing fine.

    As for Dell, they should be shut down and the money given back to the shareholders.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 8 years ago

      Uninsightful post is uninsightful.

    • UberGerbil
    • 8 years ago

    So Lenovo is looking California, and Dell is feeling Minnesota?

      • paulWTAMU
      • 8 years ago

      …I don’t get it 🙁

        • JJCDAD
        • 8 years ago

        Soundgarden had a song “Outshined” which had the lyric “I’m looking California. But I’m feeling Minnesota.”. I assume it to mean something like “I’m looking hot, but feeling cold.”. No idea how they actually meant it.

          • paulWTAMU
          • 8 years ago

          thanks

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

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    • DavidC1
    • 8 years ago

    What I think is happening.

    Here’s what’s common with Asus/Lenovo/Apple: They are trying harder than ever on the quality department, have appealing designs, and creates VALUE in products.

    Here’s what common with others, especially Acer: Rather than making people want to buy it because its attractive, they lower the price. Creating a VALUE PRODUCT rather than a PRODUCT WITH VALUE.

    The way its going,

    Asus will be top 3 globally within 2 years.
    Apple will be top 2 locally(US) and top 5 globally in the same time.
    Lenovo will be top 2 globally, and we may see them top 5 locally too.

    • mattthemuppet
    • 8 years ago

    I wonder why Acer dipped so much? Fewer netbooks being sold? Would have thought that would affect Asus too..

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 8 years ago

      The race to the bottom is over. You can buy a $350 laptop from pretty much anyone now. I don’t know that Acer was ever recognized for much else. Put their laptops up against anyone else’s, and they tend to just feel cheap. Those wobbly keyboards…ugh.

    • grantmeaname
    • 8 years ago

    Outshined? Like more glossy panels shipped?

    • dragmor
    • 8 years ago

    It’s not the Thinkpads, well not the proper ones, its the edges. 50% off RRP sales every couple of weeks with extra freebies.

    I bought my parents a E520 (i5 2410M 8GB, 500GB, Win7, 2yr Warranty + 500GB external) for $437 (including taxes and free shipping). Similar laptops from HP or Dell was $900+ at the time (now $700+).

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 8 years ago

      Aside from the fact that they’re being a-holes and won’t give the Edge series docking stations, I’d say they’re close enough to “proper.” Just cheaper, really. You pay less and get less, but not something a lot of people care about. They still have things like matte screens, 9 cell battery options, ExpressCard, and concave keys, even if it’s not the standard Thinkpad keyboard. And it’s nice that they try to have AMD options.

      I just wish they’d sell things like that in stores. I’ve never seen one. There needs to be something on the shelves that’s set apart from all the glossy, flat keyed, cookie cutter clones.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        I agree. Fry’s had the U260 for a while, and every so often one of the other Edges — they even briefly had the 100e — but it’s weird that there are more Fujitsu laptops on display at my local Fry’s than Lenovo. The Thinkpad advantage is so apparent when you actually get your eyes and hands on one (at least, if you’re paying attention to something other than ooh-shiny) so they need to get them out where actual consumers can see them in the flesh.

        • paulWTAMU
        • 8 years ago

        i’m increasingly leaning towards a Lenovo when I buy due to matte screens. Glossy screens can get sodomized by a broken beer bottle.

    • xiaomimm
    • 8 years ago
      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

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        • provoko
        • 8 years ago

        Why isn’t that user banned? I’ve seen people get banned for less, why is TR not banning this user?

          • just brew it!
          • 8 years ago

          (S)he has registered under multiple similar names (e.g. xiaomimm & xiaomim).

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    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    wow. lenovo is kicking ass. Can’t you americans do anything right?

      • riviera74
      • 8 years ago

      Lenovo is great. Their Thinkpads are the standard by which all other PC notebooks should be measured. End of Story.

        • Synchromesh
        • 8 years ago

        +1. Thinkpad is the only PC laptop I considered when buying. Dell’s laptops (and desktops) suck horribly. Sick and tired of their crappy machines I have to deal with at work.

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