The PC market may have experienced double digit declines over the course of 2015, however the workstation segment continues to outperform the broader market, according to research firm and market watcher Jon Peddie Research (JPR).JPR reports that the workstation market fell 0.8 per cent year-on-year in quarter four, and about the same for 2015 overall, with the industry shipping around 1.04 million units in the quarter.
“PC and workstation products are built off much of the same core technologies, but the workstation is designed and built with different priorities in mind: maximum reliability and application-optimised performance for high-demand, visual applications,” senior analyst and JPR Workstation Report author Alex Herrera observed.
“Many mainstream PC users have found their primary applications still run fine on machines three or more years old – or even run acceptably on phones or tablets – so there’s little motivation to pay for a new one.
“But the same is not at all true for users in areas like CAD, digital media and entertainment, geoscience and finance. These buyers need and value the return a new, higher-performance machine can provide in increased productivity.”
In terms of manufacturer market share, JPR notes that over the past few years Lenovo has been climbing slowly but steadily, with Dell stabilising after a long decline at the hands of HP.
HP, however, gained 1.5 points in quarter four, leading the market with a 39 per cent share, while Dell dropped by over two, claiming 34 per cent. Lenovo added 1.2 points to post its highest ever worldwide share of 15.1 per cent, with Fujitsu claiming 2.9 per cent for the quarter.