According to reports released by Gartner and IDC, 2021 continued the unexpected surge in demand for PCs and Chromebooks. According to Gartner, PC shipments surged 9.9 percent in 2021 to 339.8 million units. IDC reported even sharper growth: 14.8 percent, up to 348.8 million units. IDC is a division of IDG, the company that owns PCWorld, but has no editorial affiliation with us. The two analyst groups typically differ slightly in how they collect their data. Gartner tracks desktops, notebooks,...

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