Feeds

Shortage of screens to push up notebook prices

Demand for flat-screen monitors is blamed

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

Falling notebook PC prices have bottomed out thanks to a shortage of LCD screens, according to several major vendors. The going rate for a mobile PC has fallen steadily over the last two-years, but looks set to plateau or even rise in the near future. Manufacturers agree the LCD shortage will impact notebook pricing, but can not yet predict how dramatic the effect of the supply of screens drying up will be. Eric Brennan, Compaq manager of new product marketing for mobiles, commented on price: "I won't say it will definitely go up, but they will not be going down," according to online news source Infoworld. This is not the first time this problem has plagued the sector, with the screen manufacturing process remaining at the crux of the problem. Suppliers are at the mercy of the LCD market. LCD makers are pushing larger screens with higher profit margins on notebook vendors. They can get away with this due to soaring demand for large flat-panel displays for desktops and the knock-on effects of the Asian crisis. But vendors are not sure they can shift 14 and 15in screens that add weight, size and price to these mobile products. "[Average selling prices] will not go down like they did last year because of the LCD supply and demand," said Tim Peters, Dell general manager of worldwide marketing for Latitude notebooks. "As a result, the value proposition as compared to desktops won't be as great." ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all
Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.