Five years ago: LCD price falls mean cheaper notebooks

Falls in LCD screen pricing are sending notebook prices south

First published 27 March, 1997

UK direct seller Rock Computers today slashed the cost of its Virtuoso notebook line. A 166MHz Pentium-based model with 24Mb RAM, 1.8Gb hard drive, 12.1-inch TFT and eight-speed CD-ROM drive falls £400 to £1,999. "The reductions are partly due to our lower cost price of the TFT panels," said Nick Boardman, managing director.

However, the situation is not all positive. While prices for 12.1-inch screens are collapsing, 10.4-inch displays are rising as makers concentrate on top-end lines.