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Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker® fills the need for detailed and timely information on the global hardcopy peripherals (printer, MFP, and digital copier [DC]) market. This market includes all home, office, and production devices for document printing. The core of this product is a comprehensive electronic database detailing changes and trends in the highly competitive market. It includes powerful query capabilities using filters such as speed ranges, price bands, base configuration, paper format, product brand, distribution channel, or end-user segment. Data can be drilled down to as granular as model-level information per vendor. This product provides insightful vendor share historical analysis along with up to five-year units and value forecasts for both printers and MFPs, by price band (inkjet), speed range A4 (non-inkjet), and product detail information per country per region.

Technology Coverage


This tracker provides total market size and vendor share for the following technology areas. Measurements are in units, shipment value, and ASP.

Core Coverage

  • Product category: Printer, MFP, single-function (SF) digital copier
  • Product: Laser, inkjet, serial dot matrix (SDM), and line printer
  • Product detail: Laser (monochrome, color, and highlight color), inkjet (monochrome, color, and high-speed inkjet), SDM (9 pin, 18 pin, 24 pin, and 28 pin), and line printer (line matrix and line character)
  • Speed range: A4/letter
  • End-user segments: Home, small office (1–9 employees), small business (10–99 employees), medium-sized business (100–499 employees), large business (500–999 employees), very large business (1,000+ employees), government, and education
  • Distribution channels: Direct — inbound/outbound, direct — internet, direct — store, indirect — dealer/VAR/SI, indirect — etailer, indirect — retail online, retail in-store
  • Transactional/contractual: Transactional, contractual — MPS, contractual — BPS, and contractual — other
  • Vendors: By product brand and model name
  • Additional product specifications: Format, base configuration, ink tank, business inkjet, duplex, network/wireless, and others

Geographic Scope


  • APEJC (14): Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Rest of Asia/Pacific
  • Canada
  • Central and Eastern Europe (16): Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, the Rest of CIS, and the Rest of SEE
  • Japan
  • Latin America (14): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Rest of Central America, and the Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa (21): Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the Rest of Africa, and the Rest of the Middle East
  • PRC
  • USA
  • Western Europe (16): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

Data Deliverables


This tracker is delivered on a quarterly basis via a web-based interface for online querying and downloads. Deliverables for this tracker are listed below. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative.

  • Historical data
  • Forecast data

Forecast Coverage


Forecasts for this tracker are updated quarterly and include historical data back to the first quarter of 1996 through a five-year forecast. The five-year forecast is made up of two-year quarterly and three-year annual market projections. Forecasts are available at the worldwide, regional, and country levels. Details of the forecasts included in this tracker are as follows:

Core Forecast Coverage:

  • Product category: Printer and MFP
  • Product and product detail: Laser (color/monochrome), inkjet (color), SDM, and line printer
  • Speed range A4 (non-inkjet)
  • Price band (inkjet only)
  • Format (laser only)

Optional Forecast Add-Ons:

  • Base-configuration forecast
  • SF DC forecast
  • Ink tank versus ink cartridge forecast