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Apple has again been named the world's biggest seller of mobile computers, but it wouldn't even make the top five were it not for the iPad.

Fit the fondleslab into the figures and Apple comes away with a Q4 2011 mobile PC market share of 26.6 per cent, a result of shipping 23.4m units during the quarter, market watcher NPD DisplaySearch said today.

Its nearest rival, HP, shipped a mere 8.7m units, enough to grant it a 9.9 per cent share of the market.

Focus solely on laptop computers, though, and Apple's share falls to 8.3 per cent, while HP's rises to 15.5 per cent. The Mac maker shipped 4.6m MacBook machines in Q4 2011.

Below HP sit Dell, Acer and Lenovo, their tablet-inclusive market shares calculated at 7.9 per cent, 7.7 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively.

They retain those rankings when tablets are omitted from the tally, with unit-shipment figures around 200,000 fewer than those with tablets included.

None of them shipped sufficient tablets to make DisplaySearch's list of the top five tablet vendors. Below Apple's 59.1 per cent share of this segment sit Amazon with 16.7 per cent, Samsung with 6.7 per cent, Asus with 4.6 per cent and US bookseller Barnes & Noble with 3.5 per cent.

Even the latter's quarterly tablet shipments - 1.1m units - far exceeded those of Dell, Acer and Lenovo. ®

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