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Acer is optimistic about its laptop supply this year, chip shortages to gradually ease by the end of 2021

Supply might stabllize, but will Acer still increase prices for some laptop models? (Image Source: Wallpaper-House.com)
Supply might stabllize, but will Acer still increase prices for some laptop models? (Image Source: Wallpaper-House.com)
Acer's president for Pan-Asia Pacific Operations Andrew Hou is estimating a laptop supply stabilization starting with this second quarter. The situation should further improve in the second half of the year. Does this mean the rumored laptop price hikes coming from Acer and Asus will not really happen? What about more efficient ways to deal with scalpers and crypto miners?

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While the situation with the tight GPU and console supplies is not looking good at least throughout mid-2022, as predicted by Foxconn, things are already starting to improve for the laptop market. In a recent interview with Reuters, Acer’s president for Pan-Asia Pacific Operations Andrew Hou shared his optimistic view regarding the semiconductor shortages specifically affecting the laptop supply.

Hou noted that the laptop market was among the last to be affected by the global shortages towards the end of 2020, and the supply chains immediately “jumped into action” to address the situation. However, as we have already seen, the situation could not really be contained for the first quarter of 2021, yet Hou is now expecting considerably better supplies for the second quarter and a nearly complete recovery by the end of the year. Last week, we were reporting that the shortages could force Acer to increase prices for some laptop models. We are not really sure how this would turn out now that Acer expects supply improvements across the board.

Laptop sales will continue to boom in the SEA region (excluding China) and most likely across the world, as countries continue to impose strict measures to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing an increased use of mobile devices to ensure studying and work from home conditions. Hou points out that the supply problems are actually affected by the lack of basic components: “What is lacking is not the high end chips - it’s the ones people have for a long time not cared about.”

Part of the supply problem is additionally affected by scalpers who are able to buy large product stocks and resell them online for drastically increased prices. Additionally, if the laptops are equipped with quite powerful dGPUs like Nvidia’s latest mobile RTX 3000 series, crypto miners may also be responsible for dwindling supplies. It would be nice if OEMs can present efficient measures against problems like these, as well.

 

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Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1571 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-04- 8 (Update: 2021-04- 8)