Vendors to skimp on costs for notebooks

cashManufacturers in the Far East who make notebooks for branded companies and for the OEM market are planning to skimp on costs by using common components across different ranges of machines.

That’s according to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, which said common components will include heatsinks, chassis hinges and more importantly motherboards.

Several factors are influencing this trend.

Those include the cost of labour in mainland China and also the fact that there’s a lack of demand for notebook PCs these days.

Motherboards were usually different because of the number of processors used for different sizes.

But that has led the wire, quoting industry sources, to suggest that the manufacturers will also standardise on similar processors for different models.

That is unlikely to please chip giant Intel, which relies on a range of differently priced microprocessors being used in different machines.