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ZDNet: Berst Alert: Gateway, AOL Attack Wintel (And Why the Web Pad Comes up Short)

May 31, 2000, 19:43 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"Gateway's announcement yesterday that Transmeta would supply chips for their Web pad Internet appliances generated a lot of hoo-ha about the decline of the Wintel duopoly. Don't sell your Intel shares yet. ... Think of it this way. You can shut off the Queen Mary's engines and it will still coast for a while. The Wintel cartel will be coasting for years to come."

"THE HANG-UPS
Comes with leash. Portability is what makes Web pads such a cool idea. But the product announced by Gateway will still have to be plugged in to a phone line or cable. I predict most people will wait for the wireless version."

"Cost. Cheap PCs are getting even cheaper thanks to advancements in chip design. At $500, consumers will rightfully place the Gateway unit at the luxury end of the home-computing scale. ... Look for more interest when the price drops below $200."

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