Cheaper Monitors Needed

Slashdot has a discussion on an IDC report “claiming that revenues for LCDs by the end of this year will top the CRT revenues.”

In emerging markets like India, what is needed are not necessarily better displays but cheaper ones. As we work on the Rs 5,000 (USD 100) PC, the monitor cost is becoming a big issue. In India, it is now hard to find 14-inch monitors. One is being asked to buy 15-inch monitors for a few hundred rupees more. In a few months, it will be 17-inch monitors for another few hundred rupees more. The trend is exactly the opposite of what we want!

Perhaps, the focus should now be on sourcing older monitors which have a long lifetime. I just wonder why Samsung or their ilk cannot make real cheap 14-inch monitors. Is it a technology issue or just a desire for forcing price increases in a commoditised market?

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.