Acer adopts wait-and-see stance to New Zealand launch of NetPCs

Acer New Zealand is taking a wait-and- see approach on whether it will introduce its new NetPCs to the local market. Acer has just unveiled its family of NetPCs at New York PC Expo but local marketing manager Duncan Glynn says New Zealanders won't be seeing the machines until fourth quarter if at all.

Acer New Zealand is taking a wait-and- see approach on whether it will introduce its new NetPCs to the local market.

Acer has just unveiled its family of NetPCs at New York PC Expo but local marketing manager Duncan Glynn says New Zealanders won’t be seeing the machines until fourth quarter if at all.

“We’ll be monitoring other companies like Compaq and also getting a feeling for demand from our dealers,” he says. “We won’t necessarily bring them in.”

The sealed-case AcerPower Net PC ships in the US in the third quarter and will be priced from $US749 to $US1549. The entry-level model will be a 133MHz Pentium with 16Mb of RAM. All models will ship with two expansion slots and will be customisable by adding a variety of option kits such as CD-ROM drives, writable media drives, sound cards, speakers and memory.

Compaq announced its NetPC, the Deskpro 4000N, several weeks ago and expects units to be available in New Zealand from September or third quarter. Pricing is still not available.

Meanwhile, local manufacturer PC Direct is evaluating all network computing options but once again market forces are the key.

PC Direct product manager Richard Moss says the company is talking to customers to find out whether they want a NetPC, a network computer or a low-cost PC.

“We’re asking what they would want from that type of system and whether there is any demand.”

Acer New Zealand is taking a wait-and- see approach on whether it will introduce its new NetPCs to the local market.

Acer has just unveiled its family of NetPCs at New York PC Expo but local marketing manager Duncan Glynn says New Zealanders won’t be seeing the machines until fourth quarter if at all.

“We’ll be monitoring other companies like Compaq and also getting a feeling for demand from our dealers,” he says. “We won’t necessarily bring them in.”

The sealed-case AcerPower Net PC ships in the US in the third quarter and will be priced from $US749 to $US1549. The entry-level model will be a 133MHz Pentium with 16Mb of RAM. All models will ship with two expansion slots and will be customisable by adding a variety of option kits such as CD-ROM drives, writable media drives, sound cards, speakers and memory.

Compaq announced its NetPC, the Deskpro 4000N, several weeks ago and expects units to be available in New Zealand from September or third quarter. Pricing is still not available.

Meanwhile, local manufacturer PC Direct is evaluating all network computing options but once again market forces are the key.

PC Direct product manager Richard Moss says the company is talking to customers to find out whether they want a NetPC, a network computer or a low-cost PC.

“We’re asking what they would want from that type of system and whether there is any demand.”

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