U.S. PC Companies Dead in 20 Years, says Acer

The computer selling landscape has changed considerably over the last 20 years. Some of the moves were impossible to predict, but Taiwanese founder of computer maker Acer thinks he has a pretty good idea of what will happen to his U.S. competitors within two decades' time – disappear.

Acer has surged its way up to being the second biggest seller of computers worldwide, something which is attributable to the company's low-priced offerings and netbooks. The price sensitivity of the consumer is what has Stan Shih, founder of Acer, confident in the Taiwanese company's survival over American rivals.

"The trend for low-priced computers will last for the coming years," said Shih, according to the AFP's quote of a Commercial Times newspaper interview. "But U.S. computer makers just don't know how to put such products on the market... US computer brands may disappear over the next 20 years, just like what happened to U.S. television brands."

What Shih is saying that Dell and HP, both leaders in the North American computer market, could be gone by 2030.

Does your crystal ball read the same as his? Maybe someone in Detroit can help answer.

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  • Anonymous
    It started when IBM sold out to Lenovo. Then Gateway became part of Acer group. It would not surprise me to see another fall. Its like the television makers first they exported much of the manufacturing and now their basically dead. Considering how important consumer goods is to our economy. Its too bad most of it is made in other countries.
  • sandmanwn
    Acer should be watching their own back yard anyway. Asus has a bulls eye set on Acer right now.
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  • dman3k
    Taiwan rules
  • rooket
    Acer might want to come out with a better product first. Dell is far ahead of them. HP, Compaq hmmmm... those seem on par with Acer. I doubt as outsourced as all the mentioned companies are, being built in Malaysia and China with tech support in India that they will vanish in 20 years time.
  • El_Capitan
    Wtf, how is this news? Someone from a rival company predicts another company will go under in 20 years, whoopty doo! There's not even a valid reason why except maybe the forgone conclusion that history repeats itself in the U.S. As a consumer, how is this relevant?

    I predict Tom's Hardware will come up with real news rather than pulling shit out of their ass. You could post that news item next.