Computer Industry Is Not Bullish On Small Computers

The next wave of small computers is set to hit the market place, with tens of millions being sold during the last half of 2008. But the computer industry is not excited about these new devices, since they view these smaller systems will cut into their already slim profit margins. Since some of these units sell for $300 or less, the industry sees smaller profit margins on these new netbooks. But according to one article, companies like Dell, Acer & HP are not going to let the new guys steal the market place.

The companies that pioneered the category were small too, like Asus and Everex, both of Taiwan.

Despite their wariness of these slim machines, Dell and Acer, two of the biggest PC manufacturers, are not about to let the upstarts have this market to themselves. Hewlett Packard, the world’s biggest PC maker, recently sidled into the market with a hybrid of a notebook and netbook that it calls the Mini-Note.

Several makers are taking the low-powered PCs one step further. In the coming months, they are expected to introduce “net-tops,” low-cost versions of desktop computers intended for Internet access.

A Silicon Valley start-up called CherryPal says it will challenge the idea that big onboard power is required to allow basic computing functions in the Internet age. On Monday it plans to introduce a $300 desktop PC that is the size of a paperback and uses two watts of power compared with the 100 watts of some desktops.

It wants to take advantage of the trend toward “cloud computing,” in which data is managed and stored in distant servers, not on the actual machine.

These new netbooks also offer something else that their larger brothers also do not. First their is energy efficency dues to their smaller size and greener cpu’s from Intel. Also most of these netbooks will be using Microsoft Windows XP or a varient of Linux.

In addition there may, just may, be another benefit of these mini-computers for us consumers. If sales of the little guys take off, the large companies could lower prices further on their larger laptop systems down the road. We will see if this happens during the Christmas season this years. One example of lower pricing was the sale Wal-Mart had last weekend for a Toshiba system for $398. The system itself was well featured except for the anemic Celeron processor which is not a power house when it comes to running Vista.

What do you think? Will you buy one of the mini computers or will you stick with the bigger laptops?

Comment welcome.


Wal-Mart Offers Inexpensive Toshiba Laptop For $399

I received an advertisement from Wal-Mart in the mail this morning, which featured a Toshiba laptop for $399. I have always thought that Toshiba made a fine laptop product and have recommended the Toshiba models to clients for years. What surprised me about this model is that it also featured a 15.4″ true bright screen.

The specifications included 2 GB of  RAM, 120 GB hard disk, CD/DVD writer as listed in the ad plus Vista Home Premium and not Vista Basic . So I took a ride around the Internet looking for additional information concerning this model. Here is what I learned. Additonal information on specifications included:

CPU : Intel Celeron Processor 540 (1.86 GHz)
LCD : 15.4″ Diagonal Widescreen TrueBrite Display
HDD : 120 GB
ODD : SuperMulti DVD+/-RW
LAN : 10/100 Base T
WIRELESS LAN : 802.11 b/g WLAN
SOFTLOAD : Windows Vista Home Premium 

This is how they got the unit price so low. The CPU is the older Celeron and not a dual core. But overall the unit should met most users needs.

The sale at Wal-Mart starts Sunday, July 20th, at 8:00am and there is a minimum of 10 units per store.  No rain checks will be available. Model # is A205-S5000.

But what do you think? Deal or no deal?


System Builders – Intel 2 Core Celeron

Intel has introduced their 2 core Celeron dubbed E1200 which is pegged at 1.6 GHz in processing speed. Over at Tiger Direct News that are touting the new processor as being ideal for low end systems since they are pricing the CPU at about $50.00, which is a bargain. They describe the new processor as:

As far as technology is concerned, state-of-the-art devices and gadgets always start out with a price that is a tad out of reach for the mainstream market. Because of this, it usually takes a while for people to fully adopt these new technologies. When a certain adoption point is reached however, manufacturers can then afford to offer more affordable choices. The same phenomenon happens in the ultra-competitive processor business. Dual-core processors used just for the privileged. But today, with the release of the Intel Celeron E1200, users on a budget now have a dual-core processor solution for tackling their multi-tasking computing needs.

The Intel Celeron E1200 is potentially the most affordable choice for PC users who have been meaning to jump onto the dual-core bandwagon, but did not have the budget to do so. Dual-core processors are slowly becoming the standard for daily computing as modern applications become more demanding and as we reorient our computing habits from simple computing to more complex multi-tasking. Multi-tasking is highly stressful for ill-equipped PCs, and without a dual-core processor such as the Intel Celeron E1200, multi-tasking just would not be as smooth, or even impossible in the case of older processors. The Intel Celeron E1200 offers dual-core capabilities and a price tag that won’t burn a hole through your pocket.

It would appear that with this new chip Intel will keep the pressure on AMD to try and match a 2 core at a cheap price.

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