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Laptop makers facing supply shortages


According to DRAMeXchange, makers of laptop computers are currently facing a shortage of various components, and that could get worse this quarter.

The tight supplies of components started last quarter in the area of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels, batteries, hard disk drives, casings, and optical disc drives.

In an eWeek report:

"The situation could grow more serious in 3Q07, as quarterly shipments are expeced to exceed 25.6 million, a quarter-on-quarter increase of 14.4 percent."

It adds that on the whole, tier-two notebook brands will take a bigger hit, as they face both rising costs and lower than planned shipment volume as they ran into problems sourcing for sufficient quantities of the requisite components.

DRAMeXchange is a market research company dealing with the DRAM, Flash, and PC industries.

Do you reckon that we will be seeing more expensive laptops, or more reasonably, less freebies, for laptops packages towards the end of the year?

How often do you change your laptops anyway?

About

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

3 comments
paulmah
paulmah

How often do you change your laptops anyway?

david.gambel
david.gambel

Typically, I end up with a replacement laptop every two years, but sometimes thats work supplied, or replaced by the manufacturer for some defect. Of the ones I've actually had to pay for, I've never been able to hold onto a laptop to the point that it actually became obsolete, because either my girlfriend knocked it off the desk, or it got blown up while in Iraq. Since 2000 or so, I've been without a laptop for no more than a few days.

paulmah
paulmah

The laptop that was blow up while in Iraq must have been... pretty interesting. Was it your personal one? I hope you get reimbursed for it...! :)

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