In 2004, only 2 percent of notebook computers sold in the United States cost less than $800. In 2008, some 35 percent did, according to data collected by the NPD Group, another research firm.I was amazed looking through a Dell catalog the other day that no laptop or desktop system base model was over $1,000. Unless you are buying a Mac, it is tough to go over a grand these days.
Prices at the low end have tugged down those in every other segment. Even the computers that Mr. Cook calls “high end” now cost only $800 to $900.
The desktop units of H-P and eMachines are responding to a shared challenge: more shoppers who are looking for machines that provide only “good-enough computing,” according to Doug Bell and David Daoud, analysts at IDC.
via NY Times