Mainstream to enthusiast-level users starting to see to see sharp price reductions as a result of the introduction of low-cost PCs.
|The advent of low-cost PCs has blurred notebook market segments, as evident in the widespread price cuts for notebooks in mainstream and entry-level segments.
In the US market, retail prices for 15.4-inch notebooks from first-tier branded vendors have been cut US$200-300 as vendors hope to spur customers to go for a second notebook. Of the major vendors, Acer and Compaq have already introduced 15.4-inch models priced under US$500 in the US market while other major notebook vendors including Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Compaq, Gateway, Everex have also introduced 15.4-inch notebooks priced under US$600.
While prices of 15.4-inch notebooks seem to be feeling an affect from low-cost PCs, the upcoming launch of a 12.1-inch notebook, slated for the third quarter, by Acer is about to pose a stronger impact to the entry-level notebook market, market watchers predict. Prior to this, the company is also readying to launch an 8.9-inch model during May and June, according the previous reports.