With the global economy in a bit of a shaky state as countries around the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s probably no surprise that Gartner is predicting a significant drop in PC, tablet, and mobile phone shipments for 2020.

What is a little surprise is that the dip is only expected to be 13.6 percent. But analysts say that with millions of people working from home, there are millions of workers and students looking to improve their home offices with some new gear. So PC shipments are expected to fall only 10.5 percent, while mobile phone shipments are expected to dip by 14.6 percent as people decide to put off new phone purchases by at least a few months.

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  1. Don’t trust forecast with a decimal place added to them to make them look scientifically accurate!

    The forecasts are just educated guesses which have error ranges of +/-50% and the error range for one with an artificial decimal place is more likely +/- 200%!

  2. Why did the analyst think the device shipment decline would have been worse without the lockdowns? At least that’s what’s in the linked Gartner article. Or did they somehow think that working from home for those who only need a notebook to do their job was not possible (ie. they don’t know what the Internet and technology is)?

    1. I think it was just badly worded. I believe what they really meant to say is that the drop in sales for this size of drop in economic activity would have been much worse except for the surge in purchasing because of the all the companies and organizations working from home and engaging in distance learning, etc.

      I have no idea if Gartner has ever modeled forecasts for a pandemic, but they will certainly have some idea of what happens in more “normal” circumstances were the economy comes under stress, like in the aftermaths of 9/11 and the financial crisis, and I guess the main point is that things are very different this time.

      At least for now. I honestly don’t see much hope of getting past this crisis without a severe global recession.

  3. We’ve halted all tech purchases at our house. Prices have shot up so high that we can no longer afford any of the items on our list. With food prices having done the same….we’re more interested in eating than purchasing a new Nintendo Switch.