IDC's preliminary results show that the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined 10 per cent in full year 2013 to reach 108 million units.

The economic sluggishness in big emerging markets in the region adversely affected buying sentiments, with education sector projects being a lone bright spot in the commercial space, without which the region could have dropped even further. On the consumer side, smartphone and tablet distractions spread throughout the region this year, further contributing to the sharp decline in the PC market.

In 4Q13 specifically, the market came in two per cent below IDC's initial forecasts with a nine per cent year-on-year decline. While most of the region was generally in line with forecasts, Thailand stood out as an exception, as the market there was plagued by the ongoing political turmoil. Shipment volumes this quarter will likely be the lowest in Thailand in the last four years.

Lenovo retained its top spot, although it could not shrug off the slump in its home market China, posting an annual decline in 2013 as a result. HP’s year-on-year growth in 2013 was almost entirely due to fulfillments for a big education project in India. Weakness in China arrested an otherwise good year for Dell in the region, despite the internal distractions affecting the vendor. ASUS, too, fell in line with the overall market trend, declining year on year, while Acer continued to struggle with its product strategy, declining in nearly all markets in the region this year.