Hefty PC price cuts are imminent in the UK as vendors jostle to gain market share before Intel?s next wave of Pentium technology takes hold.
Last week saw a vicious round of price cuts in the US sparked by Compaq which lowered retail prices on some of its models by 17 per cent to under $1000.
Hewlett Packard was quick to respond by cutting prices on its Vectras to as low as $931 for a Vectra VE PC with a Pentium 120MHz processor. And at the end of last week Digital announced cuts from 7 to 19 per cent for Pentium and Pentium Pro based machines throughout its Venturis a Celebris lines. Other vendors including IBM, AST and NEC have also announced price cuts recently.
?Inevitably it will happen in the UK too? said Simon Pearce, senior director of personal systems at market watchers IDC. ?Price cuts tend to follow through within a month depending on stock levels.?
According to Pearce the cuts are undoubtedly linked to the introduction of Intel?s MMX technology. ?When someone brings out a new chip everyone has to re-assess how much old product they have, how quickly they can shift it and whether they will need to introduce new pricing in order to do so,? he said.
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