Thursday, June 19th 2014

Worldwide PC Monitor Market Declines in Q1 2014, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled nearly 33.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), a year-over-year decline of -0.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 106 million units for the full year 2018.

"Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units," said Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "Geographically, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth."

Technology Highlights
  • LED backlight technology adoption continues to increase with a new high of 92% market share in 1Q14. This represents a year-over-year increase of 16.4%.
  • Screen size of 21.x-inches wide has held the largest worldwide share for the last six quarters, with 20.5% share in 1Q14.
  • Aspect ratio of 16:9 continues to dominate with 81.3% market share, which is 6.5 times the second most widely used Aspect ratio of 16:10.
  • Touch screen monitors are still a small segment of the total PC monitor market at 0.4% share, with sales mostly in the U.S. at 32.8% of the total. HP holds a 35.1% share of the U.S. market.
Vendor Highlights
  • Dell - Dell maintained its number 1 position in 1Q14 with worldwide market share of 14.9% on shipments of 5.0 million units. Japan and Western Europe delivered the biggest gains for Dell with 32.4% and 14.7% quarter-over-quarter growth respectively, while the U.S. market remained essentially flat.
  • Samsung - Samsung regained the number 2 position from last quarter in terms of total units shipped and maintained the top position in terms of total revenue with $1.11 billion in 1Q14. Its revenue represents 18.4% share in total market value.
  • HP - Despite being ranked number 3 worldwide, HP holds the number 1 position in Canada and number 2 in the U.S. HP posted 8.9% year-over-year growth for the quarter.
  • LG - LG maintained its number 4 position and continues to be the number 1 PC monitor vendor in Latin America with 33% share. It also achieved a new high in unit shipments of 3.5 million in 1Q14.
  • Lenovo - Lenovo rounded out the Top 5 vendor ranking in 1Q14, buoyed by its number 1 position in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) with 2 million units. Lenovo's biggest gains in the quarter were in Japan and Western Europe with 16.6% and 5.3%, respectively.
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8 Comments on Worldwide PC Monitor Market Declines in Q1 2014, According to IDC

#1
btarunr
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Everyone has a 1080p monitor, and most people aren't willing to spend more than $200 on one. So not many are upgrading. New purchases are linked to PC sales, which again are on a decline.

Only QHD under $250 or UHD under $350 can revive monitor sales.
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#2
Jorge
Before you know it someone will declare a world wide economic depression... Oh wait, we've been in one for five or more years.
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#3
tokyoduong
it's because laptops sell better than desktops
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#4
techy1
why would someone want to buy a brand new 1080@60 monitor (the main of the mainstream)? is the old one from 2009 broke?
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#5
yogurt_21
by: tokyoduong
it's because laptops sell better than desktops
Which is why they'd be better of tracking panel sales rather than stand alone monitor sales.
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SaltyFish
by: techy1
why would someone want to buy a brand new 1080@60 monitor (the main of the mainstream)? is the old one from 2009 broke?
Pretty much this. Typical monitors today haven't really changed from 5 years ago. LED vs CCFL backlight? Some new material for the displays that remain in niche markets? No more affordable 16:10 monitors? I think that's it.

Here's an idea: Laptops and tablets have some very high resolutions and very high density screens. Sell that stuff as desktop monitors. Desktops actually have the hardware to play games on such high resolutions. A 21.5" screen with 2560x1600 or 3200x1800 would be a real upgrade from the typical 1080p that's been available for almost a decade. And don't use view distance as an excuse; I'm equally far from my laptop's screen as I would be from my desktop's monitor. Go team up with the GPU folks who are also in a slump and feed off each other. Better monitors (higher refresh rate, higher resolution, or even both) leads to more GPU demand and vice-versa.
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mroofie
by: Jorge
Before you know it someone will declare a world wide economic depression... Oh wait, we've been in one for five or more years.
and it might get worse or shall get worse
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mroofie
by: SaltyFish
Pretty much this. Typical monitors today haven't really changed from 5 years ago. LED vs CCFL backlight? Some new material for the displays that remain in niche markets? No more affordable 16:10 monitors? I think that's it.

Here's an idea: Laptops and tablets have some very high resolutions and very high density screens. Sell that stuff as desktop monitors. Desktops actually have the hardware to play games on such high resolutions. A 21.5" screen with 2560x1600 or 3200x1800 would be a real upgrade from the typical 1080p that's been available for almost a decade. And don't use view distance as an excuse; I'm equally far from my laptop's screen as I would be from my desktop's monitor. Go team up with the GPU folks who are also in a slump and feed off each other. Better monitors (higher refresh rate, higher resolution, or even both) leads to more GPU demand and vice-versa.
but I still wonder why there is still no decrease in price for 1080P monitors xD
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