Acer has confirmed it will introduce Internet client devices that will perform most of the functions of a PC at a price below the #250 mark.
But while the Taiwanese giant will sell such products in Latin America, the US and Asia, a UK representative said the company had no plans to do the same here.
The so-called XC appliances would be aimed at specific applications rather than general purpose computing. An insider said they could be used, for example, in hotels as email clients, as games consoles, or possibly Internet access machines.
Stan Shih, Acer's chief executive, who announced the move in Taiwan yesterday, is understood to be keen to extend the stripped down PC technology primarily to parts of the world that have so far gained few benefits from PCs.
Last week, Intel said it would attack the $500 PC market if it saw a need for it. Acer's Shih is on record already, saying his company would use any chip it thought right for the job.
The XC, the representative added, was definitely on Acer's roadmap.
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