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HP and Dell Still Dominating U.S. PC Sales

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IDC has just released sales statistics for computer purchases in the U.S. and, as far as the top few players go, nothing much has changed.

HP, Dell and Acer remain the top three players in the computer market in the United States. HP accounts for 25.7 percent of the U.S. computer market, compared to 25.4 percent last year. Meanwhile, Dell experienced a little bit of a dip, accounting for 24 percent of the market, down from 24.4 percent in the same period 2009. Acer's market share also fell by a small margin, clocking in at 11 percent, down from 12.3 in Q2 of last year. Apple ranked in at number four, with 8.8 percent (up from 8.6 percent in Q2'09) and Toshiba comes in fifth place with 8.5 percent, a full percentage point more than in the same quarter 2009.

Worldwide, the top three spots are the same, with HP, Dell and Acer accounting for 18.1 percent, 13 percent and 12.6 percent respectively. Lenovo comes in fourth place with 10.2 percent, while Toshiba and Asus are tied for fifth place with 5.3 percent each.

Check out the tables below for more information, or head on over to IDC for the full press release.

*Units are in the thousands. Images via IDC

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    r3t4rd , July 16, 2010 2:36 PM
    mchufTheir stuff is not high quality and they stiff you on stuff in the higher priced models (although not as much as Dell).


    You mean Apple?

    Apple is worse than HP, DELL, and ACER combined. Apple = Mediocre to plain low grade Guts, nice cases, and charge you an arm and a leg. The only thing that Apple has going for them from a Tech Savvy stand point is OSX (Take ur pros and cons with OSX vs Windows vs Linux). I would purchase Any Dell/HP over Apple....at least i know i still have my arms and legs.
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    insider3 , July 16, 2010 11:44 AM
    Is anyone really excited about this?
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    bustapr , July 16, 2010 12:02 PM
    Im really surprised that Acer isnt at the top. They are the laptops I see everyone use, I never see any Dells and less hp. And Acer is pretty cheap. I still dont understand these things. And Apple selling more than Toshiba, theres a surprise...
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    soo-nah-mee , July 16, 2010 12:30 PM
    It's amazing how many people continue to buy their junk. Innocent ignorance, I guess.
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    tapnick , July 16, 2010 12:39 PM
    Dell and HP dominate the business market, HP more so has been gaining on Dell in that area.
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    carickw , July 16, 2010 12:41 PM
    The new line of pavilions are constructed very well. I would not buy any of pre-packaged desktops but with laptops there is really no other options
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    mchuf , July 16, 2010 1:14 PM
    The only reason Dell is so popular with business buyers is because of their warranty, a business will require less IT people. But their products do need that extra warranty. I'm clueless on why HP is the number one brand. their stuff is not high quality and they stiff you on stuff in the higher priced models (although not as much as Dell). I recently bought an Asus laptop and it is so much better than my son's HP laptop in quality.
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    bigrigross , July 16, 2010 1:44 PM
    mchufThe only reason Dell is so popular with business buyers is because of their warranty, a business will require less IT people. But their products do need that extra warranty. I'm clueless on why HP is the number one brand. their stuff is not high quality and they stiff you on stuff in the higher priced models (although not as much as Dell). I recently bought an Asus laptop and it is so much better than my son's HP laptop in quality.


    Yeah, I wish businesses would see the quality of ASUS products. There warranty far exceeds Dells and they make a good product. Out of all my ASUS products, my laptop has never had a hardware problem. Plus I have never been much for Dells BIOS version they release. I prefer my Phoenix BIOS chip over any version.
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    atomyc , July 16, 2010 1:48 PM
    hp and dell constantly have discounts and sales on their computers, especially the laptops. that could be one of the reasons why they are tops.
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    FreyjasChosen , July 16, 2010 1:53 PM
    Working as a computer salesman, I would've thought that Toshiba would be 3rd place and Dell would have been 1st...but I guess since Compaq is giving its numbers to HP, it makes more sense. It just seems like my store sells more Toshibas than Macs.
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    dman3k , July 16, 2010 1:58 PM
    Americans need more education...
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    Regulas , July 16, 2010 2:07 PM
    Not impressed with their laptops and the last time I owned one of them was years ago (P3 machine) before I started building my own gaming rigs. This was partly due to Dell and proprietary parts. I soon found out that you can not just buy a newer processor for one of them and upgrade because of proprietary MB and sockets they use. I don't know if they still do that kind of crap but I don't care either since I won't buy one anyway.
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    Pei-chen , July 16, 2010 2:11 PM
    Lenovo and Apple have above average unit price. ASUS have below average unit price. Toshiba is good but model name too confusing.
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    zaixionito , July 16, 2010 2:23 PM
    Does the "Others" section include custom builds? If so, that would be where most TH readers would be...
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    r3t4rd , July 16, 2010 2:36 PM
    mchufTheir stuff is not high quality and they stiff you on stuff in the higher priced models (although not as much as Dell).


    You mean Apple?

    Apple is worse than HP, DELL, and ACER combined. Apple = Mediocre to plain low grade Guts, nice cases, and charge you an arm and a leg. The only thing that Apple has going for them from a Tech Savvy stand point is OSX (Take ur pros and cons with OSX vs Windows vs Linux). I would purchase Any Dell/HP over Apple....at least i know i still have my arms and legs.
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    mchuf , July 16, 2010 3:41 PM
    Quote:
    mchuf :

    Their stuff is not high quality and they stiff you on stuff in the higher priced models (although not as much as Dell).





    You mean Apple?

    Apple is worse than HP, DELL, and ACER combined. Apple = Mediocre to plain low grade Guts, nice cases, and charge you an arm and a leg. The only thing that Apple has going for them from a Tech Savvy stand point is OSX (Take ur pros and cons with OSX vs Windows vs Linux). I would purchase Any Dell/HP over Apple....at least i know i still have my arms and legs.


    Yes, you're right about Apple. But both HP and Dell far outsell Apple and are the top two sellers in the world. That's why I didn't include Apple in the post.

    Jeez, There must be a lot of hidden Dell fanboys here. Every post that has a negative comment on Dell has been rated negatively, yet I don't see many comments supporting Dell!
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    dante10 , July 16, 2010 3:54 PM
    bigrigrossYeah, I wish businesses would see the quality of ASUS products. There warranty far exceeds Dells and they make a good product. Out of all my ASUS products, my laptop has never had a hardware problem. Plus I have never been much for Dells BIOS version they release. I prefer my Phoenix BIOS chip over any version.



    yes...i agree with u...ASUS did make quality product...i just bought an ASUS laptop...its really looks sturdy and convince me that i will not get the same hardware problem with my previous HPCOMPAQ laptop...go ASUS!!
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    ethanolson , July 16, 2010 4:22 PM
    What I see at the airport is different from what I see in homes, which is different still from what I see at companies.

    I see a lot of Dell at airports and a lot of HP at office locations.
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    Computerrock1 , July 16, 2010 4:36 PM
    At least HP is offers both AMD and Intel offerings and they have exisiting customer support, unlike dell.
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    Computerrock1 , July 16, 2010 4:38 PM
    greghomeWhy would most people still buy OEM, instead of building something on their own?


    Because most people think it'll be to complicated, I know when I did my first build I thought it was going to be difficult as all hell0, but it was really easy. Almost as easy as going up to a salesman and saying "Which one do you think I should get?"
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    nickak2003 , July 16, 2010 6:16 PM
    dells have an unpublished mobo problem: compare a dell to an identical (except for mobo) newegg/home built pc, and the dell will be up to 30% slower! This has been true for like a decade.
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