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  • Prices of Toshiba Notebooks Decline: Nikkei Personal Computing Survey
  • October 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Prices of desktop and notebook PCs remain stable, according to a Sept. 27 survey on retail prices conducted by Nikkei Personal Computing, and a notable trend is the decline in the prices of Toshiba Corp.'s slim notebooks called DynaBookSS PORTEGE 3000 and DynaBookSS PORTEGE 3010.
    The prices of both models declined by 30,000 yen to 228,000 yen (US$1,810) for the 3000 model and to 278,000 yen (US$2,200) for the 3010 model. PC retailers said they have ample inventories of the products.

    Among new releases from IBM Japan Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and others, the most notable is Sony Corp.'s VAIO PCG-C1 mini-notebook PC with a charge coupled device (CCD) camera. The price for the PC with a camera is about 229,800 yen (US$1,821) at retail shops. Because Sony's products tend to experience stable price trends, this PC probably won't decline in price soon.

    The most popular Macintosh, the Power Macintosh G3 DT 233, has all but disappeared at shops. And Apple Computer Inc.'s iMac computers are temporarily out of stock at some stores. Its price is stable at around 178,000 yen.

    The survey is conducted regularly by Nikkei Personal Computing on retail prices at six major PC volume retailers in Akihabara and Shinjuku, Tokyo.

    Detailed survey results can be found at Nikkei Personal Computing's Web Site in Japanese only.

    Related stories:
    Sony Releases 1.1kg VAIO Notebook PC with CCD Camera
    Availability of Apple's iMac Increases at PC Stores

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    Updated: Thu Oct 8 15:12:29 1998 PDT