Hungarian notebook computer market takes off
Thursday, November 3, 2005, 11:12
The average price of notebook and lap-top computers has significantly dropped over the past six months, business daily Világgazdaság said. According to research firm IDC Hungary's data, at the end of last year the average notebook cost around Ft 300,000, or 1,200, while in June this year it had fallen to Ft 253,000, or around 200 euros less, the paper said.
The cheapest model on the market can be got for around Ft 150,000, or 600. It is no accident that the number of notebook vendors has grown appreciably. Between June and September this year there are now twice as many outlets for portable computers as the same period last year, according to IDC. The entire personal computer market has grown 30 % over the same period. The PC market leaders in Hungary are Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Fujitsu-Siemens, while Acer tops notebook sales.
The buying fever could intensify at the end of the year if the state-sponsored "Sulinet Express" programme - essentially a tax subsidy on computers for young people - comes to an end, as is expected.