By Larry Hendrick | December 25, 2005
This is certainly good news for anyone that needs a basic laptop. While laptop computers are still more expensive that desktop units, you gain the portable factor. Just remember that these price conscience laptops are not the robust units most business users need. A strong business user will need a processor upgrade, a memory upgrade and probably a hard drive upgrade at the very minimum, which takes these units into the $1500-2000 price range.
The first notebook computers to dip below $1,000 were slow, not very stylish and not widely embraced by consumers. That was more than five years ago, which in the digital era is a lifetime.
Since then, competition and lower-cost components have driven down notebook prices over all, giving consumers a broad array of machines in the sub-$1,000 range–many of them able to handle the computing needs of mainstream users.
In fact, the average price of notebooks sold at major retail stores in November fell to $980–a 19 percent drop from November 2004, when the average price was $1,215–the first time the average price dipped under $1,000, according to a monthly survey by Current Analysis, a research company based in Sterling, Va.
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