With so many PCs available at or below $500 now, is Zonbu at risk of getting squeezed by the main stream makers?
I think so, and I think it may be time for them to start considering some higher profile partners. HP, Acer, Dell and Asus all come to mind and have all shown interest in Linux products. I’d warm up the phone lines at Zonbu HQ, it may be time to start seeing other people (beyond Via)…
I just saw this deal posted over at Deal News:
“Acer Aspire T180-UA381B AMD Athlon 2.4GHz Desktop PC + 17” LCD
TigerDirect.com offers the Acer Aspire T180-UA381B AMD Athlon 2.4GHz Desktop PC with a Acer AL1706AB 17″ LCD Monitor for $399.97. With around $36 for shipping, it’s the lowest total price we could find by $76. It features an AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB SATA hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, Gigabit Ethernet, memory card reader, and Windows Vista Home Basic.”
Now you tell me. With that kind of fire power available and with a monitor for $400, just how much room is left for the Zonbu Mini? That system, with the Zonbu OS stack (and $35-$50 cheaper with no Windows tax) would be great.
Found here: http://dealnews.com/Acer-Aspire-T180-UA381-B-AMD-Athlon-2-4-GHz-Desktop-PC-17-LCD-for-400/204611.html
I was also cruising around over at HP.com and found an even nicer system (dual core Intel) with a monitor and a few other upgrades for $469. Take a look:
Things are starting to get very interesting.
[…] TigerDirect.com offers the Acer Aspire T180-UA381B AMD Athlon 2.4GHz Desktop PC with a Acer AL1706AB 17? LCD Monitor for $399.97. With around $36 for shipping, it’s the lowest total price we could find by $76. It features an AMD Athlon … Read More […]
You are the professional, I’m not. So I don’t presume to judge what you say here. No doubt you understand the business as well as the technical aspects, which I don’t pretend to do. But I’ll admit that it is not clear to me why this matters a lot to potential users like me. If someone else takes care of the security and backup for me, and if the basic applications work okay, I think I’d be happy. Perhaps you have in mind people who will do games, or video, or something else for which more “fire power” is needed.
Isn’t Zonbu’s main focus to be small and energy efficient and nt t be the cheapest computer around?
An Athlon at 2.4 ghz is powerful – but not small and energy efficient…