There’s no guarantee that the trend will continue, but netbook prices in Taiwan are dropping as the Intel Atom shortage disappears and competition rises. Price drops include:
- Asus Eee PC 700-series is down to $249
- Asus expects to reduce the Eee PC 1000 with Linux from $623 to under $530, while the 1000H will drop $31 while the 901 will see a sale price near $468
- Acer’s Aspire One is down to $483 from $528
The price drops can’t solely be the result of the Intel Atom as even HP with its VIA C7-M-based Mini-note is cutting around $62 from their netbook. Note that all price drops are converted from Taiwan New Dollars to U.S. currency; I’d use these as indicators more than absolute prices. Regardless, I have a feeling that low-priced netbooks are about get a bit lower. Maybe not in the case where devices are in shorter supply, but for the market at large. Could we soon see more devices under that $350 to $400 sweet-spot?