PC Solutions- Briefs
Monitor market still dominated by vendorsAustralia's monitor market is particularly volatile, with units shipped growing by 10.9 per cent but revenue generated falling by 11.1 per cent from the first half of 98 to the first half of 99, according to analyst International Data Corp (IDC).
Overall margins are diminishing, with the open market (upgrades, replacements, add-ons and monitors bundled by local channel members), slowing down to only 4 per cent growth. The closed market (monitors bundled with PC systems by PC vendors), grew at 16 per cent.
`As far as local monitor vendors are concerned, the open market is where the action is, but the changing fortunes of the PC market are making the going tough. An increasing share of the market is being gained by the major international PC vendors, whose pre-packaged systems diminish opportunities for local monitor vendors,' said Les Champkin, printer and peripheral analyst with IDC.
This statement was borne out by the fact that 62.1 per cent of all PC shipments in 1998 were accounted for by international brand PC vendors, as opposed to 39 per cent in 1993.
HP offers revamped Internet package
Hewlett-Packard last week announ-ced a new Internet PC bundle. HP Pavilion PCs will be packaged with 12 months and 160 hours of Telstra Big Pond Internet access for $1499.
The vendor claims that there are no contractual obligations involved in the deal. Internet access will be broken down into 50 hours for the first month and 10 hours for the remaining 11 months.
Existing Big Pond customers will get 10 hours a month with additional Internet hours at $3 an hour.
PCs available in the deal include the entire range of Pavilion 6500 and 8500s, which offer Celeron 466MHz to K6/2 500MHz processors and 64MB of RAM or Intel 550MHz or PIII 600e or 700e processors.eMachines debuts sub- $US1000 notebookBudget PC vendor eMachines has rolled out a new line that includes its first notebook and a desktop aimed at gamers. The new desktops range in price from $US399 to $999, sans monitor. All are expected to be available in December. Called the eMonster, the gaming-oriented desktop runs on Intel's 500MHz Pentium III.
The debut notebook, eSlate 400k, is powered by a 400MHz AMD K6-2 chip and is equipped with a 12.1-inch High Performance Addressing LCD.