The general consensus at the
Intel Developer Forum 2008 in San Francisco was that netbook makers will have to slash prices in wake of increasing competition
. True to that prognostication, Acer slashed the price of its Aspire One and Linpus Linux Lite netbooks by $50. The former can now be bought for $349 and the latter for $329. The bigger PC manufacturers that have long held sway over the PC market are still to fully embrace this particular segment.
But as the tussle gets more cacophonic, netbook manufacturers will have to cut prices just to be heard by customers over the din. Richard Doherty, research director for a market research firm, Envisioneering, expects majority of netbooks to sell at $299 in the foreseeable future with the possibility of prices plummeting down to $249 by the holiday season.