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Computer Wars

Updated on October 15, 2011



Is your current computer Chinese? Will your next one be?

In the third quarter of 2011 Lenovo, a Chinese company stepped up to become the second largest seller of computers in the world, pushing Dell into third place.

The largest seller of computers remains Hewlett Packard with 17.7% of the market, Lenovo second with 13.5%, Dell third with 11.6% then Acer forth with 10% and Asus with 6.5% of the market fifth.

You may say, well that is understandable as China is the most populace country in the world, but does it stop there?

Lenovo started by buying out the PC business of IBM and it more recently bought out the German computer maker Medion AG. It has also established links with Japan’s NEC.

Top Spot


In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Lenovo’s CEO said that his company intended to struggle with Hewlett Packard to achieve the top spot.

At that time though, it may have seemed like an easier challenge than it does today.

At the time of the interview, Hewlett Packard had announced plans to pull back on the production of computers and concentrate more on the development of software and services.

Today though, it could be a different picture. The then CEO of Hewlett Packard, Leo Apotheker stepped down at the end of September making way for a new CEO.

The new CEO is Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay.

Will she have different views on the future of Hewlett Packard’s computer business?

Will HP just step aside and allow the Chinese company to take over the top spot or will they remain competitive in the PC business and fight to keep their spot?

So, even if your current computer is not Chinese, your next one may be.


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    • GreenMathDr profile image

      GreenMathDr 6 years ago

      Actually the basic Lenovo is a good computer. Once you strip off all of the adds etc it has become my favorite laptop. As delivered however I found it to be trash.

    • billabongbob profile image

      billabongbob 6 years ago from South Wales, UK

      Great information!

      However, I'd just like to point out that just because Lenova computers are cheap, it doesn't make them good.They have connections with some top notch computer companies which should give them positive leverage. But they haven't used this to their best advantage.

      Price is a very important factor when buying a computer, the most important one for many people. This is what makes Levona so attractive to many. However, the quality is shocking and the general public should be made aware of this for their own benefit.

    • f_hruz profile image

      f_hruz 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Good info, thanks!

      The way things are going, HP will most likely be behind lenovo by the end of 2012 or maybe sooner ... :)

    • DonDWest profile image

      DonDWest 6 years ago from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

      The only reason why Lenova is competitive, like much of China, is due to price. I'm hoping computer users would see the value of quality over price; and do away with the "Wal-Martization" concept adopted by their parents. Unfortunately, the recession probably left many with no choice. It's 2011, the fact of the matter is you need a computer in order to work, and if a Lenova is all you can afford. . .

      Welcome to globalization, the giant communist sucking sound of competing towards the bottom in both wages and quality of product.

      Not in a million years will I ever buy a Lenova, the few bad experiences I had with work firms who utilized Lenova's is all I need to know. . . Overall, just a horrible product.