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  • NEC, IBM PCs in Short Supply at PC Shops: Nikkei PC Survey
  • February 17, 1999 (TOKYO) — Certain NEC Corp. and IBM Japan Ltd. personal computer models are in short supply at PC shops in Japan, according to a Feb. 7 survey by Nikkei Personal Computing.
    The survey covered the prices of models sold at six leading PC specialty shops in Tokyo’s Akihabara and Shinjuku electronics districts.

    Many old models are being sold at prices 20,000-30,000 yen (US$175-260) lower than earlier, and stocks are short and expected to be depleted soon.

    At the time of the survey, leading manufacturers already had introduced their new desktop PCs into the market. NEC’s ValueStar NX R VR33L/6ZD and ValueStar NX R VR33L/65D, and IBM’s Aptiva 133 and Aptiva 243, are enjoying high popularity, and their availability at shops is thin.

    NEC’s ValueStar NX R series consists of models with the AMD-K6-2 microprocessor, the first model in which the company used the K6-2. The lowest priced model is currently sold at less than 150,000 yen (US$1,320).

    New models from Fujitsu Ltd., Sony Corp. and Compaq Computer KK are abundant in variety.

    Sony’s notebook VAIO series was put on the market 20,000-30,000 yen lower in price than previously anticipated, and is gaining great popularity. The VAIO PCG-777/BP, an A4-size notebook PC with a 266MHz MMX Pentium microprocessor, is being sold for 198,000 yen (US$1,740) with Microsoft Co., Ltd.’s Word and Excel program. The debut of the PCG-777/BP was Jan. 31, and it was totally out of stock at all shops when the Feb. 7 survey was conducted.

    Computer shops told Nikkei Personal Computing magazine that although they have intermittent deliveries of the iMac, which was introduced on Jan. 24 in five colors, iMacs are constantly scarce in stock. And it is hard to tell when they will be available even if a reservation is made. It is priced at 158,000 yen (US$1,390), regardless of color. The old iMac models in bondi blue have completely disappeared from shops.

    The G3 series of new Power Macintoshes is abundant in stock with the exception of the model with a DVD, which is priced at 270,000 yen (US$2,370).

    Details of the survey can be found on the price list of PC models in Nikkei Personal Computing’s Web site (in Japanese only).

    Related stories:
    ¥ NEC to Foray into Low-Priced PC Market
    ¥ Toshiba, NEC Start Using AMD’s K6-2 Microprocessor
    ¥ Apple Japan to Continue Selling First-Generation iMac PC
    ¥ Sony Notebook PC Selling at Low Price: Nikkei PC Survey

    (Nikkei Personal Computing)



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