- Jun 13, 2003
I have to say that I agree.If the price keeps going up, nobody is going to buy it eventually. I don't think I'm way off base thinking that "mainstream" is around $250-300 on the top end and more realistically $150-200. It doesn't matter what the die size is. It doesn't matter the R&D cost. It doesn't matter if it shows you fancy lighting or not. When you get above $250-300 you're moving past what people will pay (usually in the form of whatever Acer, Dell, etc. puts in their OEM boxes). The market for the $800-1000 computer is a lot bigger than the $1500-2000.
What we're going to see, it seems, is a further decelleration of performance improvement per generation of the midrange, and an acceleration of the price in the higher end. While it is because of physics, I agree that that makes no difference to the average buyer.