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  • Prices of NEC Notebook PCs Drop Dramatically
  • May 8, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Prices of NEC Corp.'s LaVie series notebook personal computers dropped dramatically, according to a survey on PC prices conducted by Nikkei Personal Computing.
    The April 26 survey showed prices of the most salable models, equipped with a 166MHz MMX Pentium, deceased by 10,000-20,000 yen (US$75-150) from the last survey conducted on April 12. For example, the LaVie NX LV16C/WS Model DAF1, which has a 12.1-in. thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD), is now priced at 267,900 yen (US$2,030).

    Models of NEC's LaVie series are about 20,000 yen lower in price than competitive models of the Biblo series of Fujitsu Ltd., and now seem to be good purchases, experts said.

    At the same time, the LaVie NX LV20C/WS Model DAF1, equipped with a 200MHz MMX Pentium, had a considerable price decrease of more than 60,000 yen to less than 300,000 yen (US$2,260).

    NEC's desktop computers are also showing a downward trend in price. Each model has a price decrease ranging from several thousand yen to about 10,000 yen.

    The survey is conducted every other week by Nikkei Personal Computing. It covers actual sales prices of six mass retail stores of PCs in the Akihabara and Shinjuku sections of Tokyo. The above prices are the average of the prices of four of the six shops: two shops which offer either the highest price or the lowest price are excluded.

    Details of the survey results are available on the Web site of Nikkei Personal Computing (available only in Japanese).

    (Nikkei Personal Computing)

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    Updated: Thu May 7 21:00:11 1998