No Change in Monitor Technology Trends, Says IDC

PC monitor shipments continued to fall worldwide in Q2’14, when compared to the same period a year earlier. The 32.5 million PC monitor shipments represented a YoY decline of 2.9%, IDC’s data has shown – although this is still 4% higher than forecast. The firm expects no change in the trend, predicting slippage to 107 million units for the full year 2018.

Despite the decline compared to Q2’13, some markets saw positive QoQ movement. USA shipments were up 11%, and there was a slight increase in APACxJ.

In terms of technology, LED backlights continued to increase, moving to a 93% market share (10.5% YoY rise). The 21.x” screen size showed no change as the most popular worldwide, as it has been since Q3’12, with a 22.5% share. Additionally, the 16:9 aspect ratio was almost seven times as popular (82.4% share) as the second-most common, 16:10.

Touchscreen monitors are still a very small segment of the world market – just 0.4%. Most shipments – 39.5% of the total – were in the USA. HP had a 36.8% share of the US touchscreen monitor market.

Dell was the leading vendor, with 5 million unit shipments (15.4% share). Most shipments (17.1%) were to Japan, but the company was also the number 1 vendor in the USA (29.4% share). Samsung followed with 4.1 million shipments (12.8% share), but led the market in revenue ($1.04 billion). Samsung had 17.9% of the total PC monitor market value.

Although third in worldwide vendor terms, HP led the Canadian (17.2%) and Western European (16%) markets. It was the second-largest vendor in the USA and MEA. Lenovo followed, its 3.1 million shipments propelling the company to 4th place. Lenovo led the APACxJ market, with 25.7% QoQ growth, but the largest gains, in unit shipments, were made in the Americas (8.2% QoQ growth).

LG dropped to 5th place, but continued to lead the Latin American market with a 32.4% share. It was also the number 2 vendor in the CEE region.