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Ultra cheap PCs to fuel computer hardware growth

The heat on the big Taiwanese computer (opens in new tab) Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) is turning up as major computer makers such as HP, Acer and Asustek have unveiled their plans to sell ultra cheap laptops and desktops.

Winstron, Quanta and Pegatron are amongst the few OEMs which have been selected to build up to 13 million low cost computers in 2008 selling for as low as $200.

HP is the latest tier-one computer manufacturer to announce that it will debut a new product called the Mini-NB, a minuscule sub-notebook with a tiny price tag and aimed at the entry level.

The Asus EEE PC, based on the original Intel Classmate blueprint chassis, was the one which opened the floodgates.

We're witnessing a number of similar ventures not only from big companies but also from smaller outlets; Aware and Fonetastic are selling the £99 Simple PC.

There are also a number of low cost desktop computers and All in One projects that have been announced by Asus already, as part of the drive to market more EEE-based products.

The news comes as Sony revealed (opens in new tab) that they were very nervous about the market being flooded from the bottom by cheap computers.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.