Notebook prices down 18.5% so far in 2006

Prices are falling fast on notebook computers, as much as 18.5% so far in 2006, according to Current Analysis stats published in The New York Times. Forrester Research estimates that 70% of PC’s in use are more than 2 years old and 90% of second, third and fourth computers are even older. Intel’s share dropped to 77.9% from 81.5% in Q1 2006, according to Gartner, while AMD’s market share grew to 20.4% from 16.6% two years ago. The average price of a notebook computer dropped to $963 in April 2006, an 18.5% decrease from April 2005.