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Acer: PC Makers Will Be Dead In 20 Years

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Acer: US PC Makers Will Be Dead In 20 Years

Here's a way to get your competitors' attention...

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...

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via AFP

adoniteINK

January 20, 2010, 9:12 am

I think that title should read "US PC Makers"

Lee Marshall

January 20, 2010, 1:25 pm

If things carry on the way they are then I may be inclined to agree with him.





I have just purchased a new desktop PC for my home office. I was looking for something reasonably powerful and a good amount of memory and either DVI or HDMI but it had to be cheap. I ended up buying an Acer M3800 with a Core 2 Quad, 4GB RAM and 750GB HDD for only £345. The big names of Dell, HP etc could not get near that price with most machines hitting almost £500. I even looked on the Apple site but to get a 4GB Mac Mini with a Core 2 Duo costs over £600, seriously guys......





Thanks Acer, may I wish you well for the future.

MrGodfrey

January 20, 2010, 1:52 pm

Agreed, the title is a bit misleading - many of your readers may start worrying about their cholesterol levels after reading that!

jingyeow

January 20, 2010, 1:54 pm

If support is a reliable benchmark, I think US pc makers will survive. These low cost manufacturers create their machines at the expense of reliable support. No problem for the tech savvy, but for the majority of people, they go with the Dells and HP's of this world because they know they get the whole experience with these companies, and usually positive.

Ed

January 20, 2010, 2:13 pm

Agreed. I've changed the title.

Dean 2

January 20, 2010, 5:16 pm

When it comes to a PC the first thing people look at is price, but are they comparing like with like? Not just basic parts like HDD Processor and the amount of RAM. Maybe some would expect to pay the same for a PC with separate sound & graphics cards as they would for a machine that has them on the motherboard. I have an Acer laptop and one part broke ( DVD drive) possibly inside the warranty period, as the machine was only 7 months old when I last used the DVD drive, but as I didn't find it until it was out of warranty they wanted to charge for a repair, fair enough. How many use the DVD drive every day. I wonder how many have gone by just price alone and not compared the full specification of each machine?

Gordon394

January 20, 2010, 6:02 pm

@all - was a typo, apologies.

Jay4d0

January 20, 2010, 8:00 pm

@ Dean: the point is that acer and asus beat the others on like for like specs for the price just over a year ago I bought an acer laptop for £500 (2.0GHz core 2 duo, 4Gb RAM, bluray, ATI HD 3470 graphics + all the other commodities you'd expect) yet the closest the like of HP could match was at £799 (and it wasn't very good looking either)

MrGodfrey

January 21, 2010, 12:07 am

Dean: I'm not convinced that the DVD or BluRay drives in Dell or HP-built laptops are likely to be any better than those in an Asus, Samsung etc. Having said that, every optical drive I've ever seen built into any notebook has filled me with dread at the high probability of it breaking or suddenly ceasing to work for no reason.

Peter 20

January 21, 2010, 7:59 pm

Unless Acer changes the way they make business in US I think this is largely a wishful thinking on their part. As of now the price of Acer and Asus PC's is still higher then those comparing to HP and Dell (PC with the same hardware specs that is). It would only appear cheaper to an average buys who doesn't know much about computers and relies on the salesperson's recommendation. For now the Acer and Asus PC's sold in most US stores are of poorer quality and lower specs comparing to their American rivals which is why they can afford to put a lower price tag on them. Also both Dell and HP have very large market share in large corporate and educational environments and they do so because they can offer their products at a large mass discount price to those companies, non of which either Acer or Asus do. The other problem is support, unless you buy an extended warranty from the store you are going to have much more problems getting support or replacement machine if something brakes. Although there have been many bad roomers about DELL's and HP's support personally (and I've been working supporting IT for quite some time) I think their support is much better then any other manufacturer (in US that is). As to the claim that Acer and Asus are cheaper because of the labor costs, I'm pretty sure all Dell and HP pcs are put together in China or some other Asian country and only shipped down here for final branding touches and delivery to the consumer.

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