Demand for PCs is nearly as hot as the weather. Last year, PC demand was driven by everyone suddenly working from home. This year, you might think demand would weaken, but it hasn’t.
In fact, shipments of desktops, notebooks and workstations worldwide rose by 13% in this year’s second quarter, according to market watcher Canalys, for a total of 82.3 million units shipped.
“The PC market could not be in a better position,” says Canalys' research director, Rushabi Doshi.
To keep up with this demand, PC makers are scrambling. They’re making notebooks lighter, desktops faster, and getting ready for the upcoming release of Windows 11.
Here’s your tech provider’s roundup of some of the latest new PCs from the industry’s top suppliers.
Lenovo ThinkStation P350
Lenovo earlier this month introduced an entry-level desktop workstation, the ThinkStation P350. It comes in 3 form factors: Tower, Small Form Factor (SFF), and Tiny. They’re designed for designers, engineers and students.
Lenovo ThinkStation P350 Tower
For processing power, the P340 and SFF both offer a choice of either 11th gen Intel Core (up to i9) or Intel Xeon W-series processors. They also support Nvidia’s RTX A5000 graphics card, handy for VR applications.
Storage options include a PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD with up to 2 TB of capacity. Memory runs up to 128GB of DDR4. And OS options include Windows 10 (Pro for Workstations, Pro or Home), Ubuntu Linux, and Red Hat enterprise Linux.
Lenovo describes the P350 Tiny as “the world’s smallest workstation.” Indeed, the device measures just 1.4 x 7.2 x 7.0 inches and weighs under 3 pounds.
Yet the Tiny is based on 11th gen Intel Core processors (up to i9) and Nvidia’s P1000 graphics. And it can support up to 6 displays.
All 3 devices are set to start shipping later this week. Starting retail prices are $969 for the tower, $949 for the SFF, and $899 for the Tiny.
Acer has refreshed this line of notebooks for creators with 3 enhancements: the latest 11th gen Intel Core H-series processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 graphics, and 16-inch 3K screens with a larger 16:10 display ratio.
Acer Concept D: 11th gen Intel Core power
That 16-inch display is Pantone-validated for color accuracy. Acer says it’s noticeably taller than more conventional 16:9 ratio displays, giving creators more room to work.
Other innovations include a cooling system Acer calls Vortex Flow. It’s a 3-fan cooling layout that’s said to let users eke out extra performance from demanding workloads.
In all, Acer updated 4 models in this line: ConceptD 5, ConceptD 7 Ezel, ConceptD 3, and ConceptD 3 Ezel. Shipments are set for later this year, and retail prices range from $1,300 for the model 3 all the way up to $2,500 for the model 7 Ezel.
HP Pavilion Aero 13
HP’s lightest consumer laptop weighs in at just under a kilogram (2.2 lb.). It does this in part by using a magnesium aluminum chassis, and it’s the first in HP’s Pavilion line to do so.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 comes in 4 colors
Yet the Pavilion Aero 13 features a 13.3-inch screen with that 16:10 aspect ratio and 2.5K resolution. HP says the display is also bright enough to be used outdoors in direct sunlight.
The Pavilion Aero 13's battery life is promised for up to 10.5 hours. And HP says the device is “expected” to be upgradeable to Windows 11 later this year.
Shipments of the HP Pavilion Aero 13 laptop start this month, and retail prices open at about $750.