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Acer: PC Makers Will Be Dead In 20 Years

Gordon Kelly


Acer: US PC Makers Will Be Dead In 20 Years

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Never one to be shy, rising Taiwanese giant Acer has announced it believes US rivals such as Hewlett Packard and Dell will be unable to keep pace with the high volume, low price PC and laptop market pace being set by itself and Asus.

"The trend for low-priced computers will last for the coming years, but US computer makers just don't know how to put such products on the market," said Acer founder Stan Shih. "US computer brands may disappear over the next 20 years, just like what happened to US television brands."

What Shih says may raise hackles, but he does talk a certain amount of sense. After all, it is virtually impossible for US companies to match their Far East counterparts thanks to labour costs alone. That said, what Shih doesn't factor in is the premium market which - most notably - has seen Apple MacBook sales skyrocket in recent months. Then again, the likes of the new Sony Vaio Z series and Acer Timeline (pictured) models show quality and craftsmanship aren’t only reserves of Cupertino.

On another track, Asian companies still haven't proved they can build a decent smartphone UI yet either with Android, iPhone OS, BlackBerry OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile all having Western roots.

So that's, err, something to hold onto...


via AFP

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