LCD monitors cost more (for now)
TFT panel prices are marching upwards, translating into higher prices for LCD monitors for PCs. Asian producers in Taiwan and Korea are quoting higher contract prices for April, on the back of strong demand for notebook panels, and on supply shortages for 15in desktops versions. TFT producers are quoting US$255-265 for 15in screens April, $10 up on March, which in turn were 10 per cent or so up on February. They are quoting $245-250 for 14.1in notebook screens, $20 up on March, Digitimes reports. In February, contract prices for 14.1in panels rose 10 per cent from $190-$200 to $220, according to Asiabiztech.