When we think of computer makers in the United States, a few big names come to mind including Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo.
While HP is the largest computer company in the world with 14.7 million units shipped worldwide representing a 19% global market share, it’s not the largest computer company in the United States. Dell has the second place global market share behind HP with 11.3 million units shipped globally and a 14.6% global market share.
Dell is the top PC company with shipments of 5.35 million units and a healthy 31.4% of the U.S. PC market. Last year Dell slipped with only 29.3% of the U.S. market for PC shipments. The growth is attributed to Dell's change in its long held direct to customer marketing strategy -- its computer systems are now sold via retail outlets like Wal-Mart and Best Buy.
PC World reports that HP played second fiddle to Dell in the U.S. market in 2007 with 26.1% of the U.S. market representing the shipment of 4.4 million units in the U.S. alone. Acer was in third place in the U.S. with 1.5 million units shipped and a 294.2% growth from the previous year with Apple following up in fourth place. Apple shipped 1.06 million units giving them a miserly 5.7% of the PC market in the United States.
Acer picked up to notable PC makers last year in Gateway and Packard Bell. These acquisitions helped immediately bolster Acer’s worldwide presence leading to Acer being the third largest worldwide PC maker with 7.4 million units shipped. Lenovo was fourth in worldwide PC shipments with 5.8 million units shipped.