- January 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm #160823PugriderMember
I just checked using Google Shopping, and a white NC10 can be had for less that $420 on an unknown site and less than $450 on Amazon and Newegg. Expect prices to continue to fall, as most manufacturers, including Samsung, have reported losses for the last quarter. Here is an interesting tidbit on Asustek, which started the netbook ball rolling:
â€œAs Asustek still has 2-3 months of Eee PC inventories on hand, Citigroup analyst Eve Jung (æˆŽå®œè˜‹) expects Asustekâ€™s gross margin of Eee PC to be weak in the first quarter, given model transition to the 10-inch segment from 8.9-inch models.
â€œWe are concerned about increasing pricing pressure in the 10-inch netbook segment starting in the second quarter as Acer (å®ç¢) and Hewlett-Packard will be aggressive in their pursuit of market share gains,â€ Jung wrote in a client note on Wednesday.â€
If Samsung is serious about carving out a piece of the netbook market they will need to start selling through brick and mortar stores in the US like Best Buy and MicroCenter. HP is already selling their Mini 1000 everywhere but the grocery store, and I expect the same for the 2140. The same goes for Acer.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the price of the NC10 if and when the NC20 is introduced in February.
PugriderJanuary 25, 2009 at 11:06 pm #181303mjpileggiMember
I am being very patient in waiting for the prices to go down, so this sounds like good news. I check Amazon and Costco every day too. I sit here in my family room with my husband’s heavy lap top while I’m lounging. I think “Oh, just go for it and buy an NC10 now!” Patience, patience, patience. 🙂January 26, 2009 at 12:58 am #181304SiriusScaperMember
I am being very patient in waiting for the prices to go down, so this sounds like good news. I check Amazon and Costco every day too. I sit here in my family room with my husband’s heavy lap top while I’m lounging. I think “Oh, just go for it and buy an NC10 now!” Patience, patience, patience. 🙂
I am in the same exact boat as you. I keep thinking that a price drop is bound to happen and yet I want to get one now so I can start using it for school. I have an old HP/Compaq presario that is just to big and heavy to lug around from Home->Work–>School–>Home. Especially on my road bike. The NC10 looks like the best option. I just want it to drop to about $400 before justifying it to myself. Though my gf already thinks it’s the best looking one.
Will the NC20 even be worth considering? I don’t know a lot about the VIA processor, however the atom seems to do everything you could want out of this type of device.January 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm #181301PugriderMember
This NYT article on the state of the tech industry is worth reading:
I bought my original blue Sammy at $499, but then had to return it due to screen blotches. From everything I have read Samsung has fixed this quality control issue, so I would be happy to buy another one at a lower price. At this point I am waiting to see what the NC20 looks like, and what an HP 2140 will cost with a high resolution screen. The one thing that the NC10 (and NC20) lacks is a PCI card slot. I think that both Lenovo and HP were smart to include one rather than having a third USB port. Unfortunately the US is behind everyone else in the 3G area, so having a PCI slot potentially important. However, if the NC20’s Via Nano processor does not live up to its hype and the HP2140 with HD is too expensive I will likely be happy with another NC10.
PugriderJanuary 27, 2009 at 4:35 am #181300NcssryEvlMember
I disagree completely. I need that 3rd USB port, and don’t have a thing to use an ExpressCard slot for. If it only had 2 USB ports, I wouldn’t be able to use the system, and no getting an ExpressCard USB hub isn’t a viable solution: that’s why I waited for the NC10 instead of picking up the Lenovo.January 27, 2009 at 10:06 am #181305ElephantMember
What do you use the 3 USB ports for?January 27, 2009 at 11:03 am #181299jezMember
There will always be people who use their devices in different ways and it doesn’t take much imagination to see someone using 3 ports from time to time. I myself often have mouse/3G modem in and then you just need one other device (flash drive an obvious one, maybe a printer, etc!).
Obviously the manufacturers have to cater for the buyers and the big question is whether that port makes enough difference to enough people to justify the extra cost. I would say no especially if you have bluetooth or wifi alternatives. But then I don’t conduct market research for netbook manufacturers so what do I know ;)!January 27, 2009 at 11:53 am #181302s162000Member
I think a third single port is useful for bulky devices (like 3G modems) that sometimes won’t fit next to another device. Of course you could carry around an extension cable but that’s extra bits to carry.
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