DisplaySearch just published its PriceWise report detailing LCD panel price trends. There were no changes for LCD panel prices geared for notebook PCs and LCD TVs. LCD monitor panels, on the other hand, experienced small increases. For instance:
- 19″ 1440 x 900 LCD panels increased $2 to $62 (typical) in February.
- 20″ 1680 x 1050 increased $2 to $70
- 22″ 1680 x 1050 increased $2 to $86
Why are LCD panel prices increasing? LCD manufacturers have significantly reduced production to minimize losses due to panel prices reaching or falling below the marginal cost of manufacturing LCDs. So supply is limited even though demand is still quite low. As long as LCD manufacturers continue to keep production levels low, LCD prices can continue to increase. And that means LCD monitor set prices might be on the rise. And… that means if you’re in the market for a LCD monitor or two, you should get them while they are still incredibly affordable.