That the last few months are not the best in terms of technology is now well known. Between problems in supply chains, crisis of semi-conductors with consequent scarce availability of chips and the pandemic from Covid-19 to which we must add the wave of bots and scalpers, being able to buy or upgrade a computer, especially trying to contain costs , has become a very complicated undertaking and which also requires a certain patience in waiting to find a certain hardware at a “normal” price, juggling various online sites that from time to time offer supplies albeit with very limited availability of parts .
The situation however seems to be far from improvingat least according to what was declared by the German supplier Schenker, owner of the XMG brand that deals with the sale of high-end gaming computers. In a recent Press release Tom Fichtner, Senior Product Developer XMG at the Taiwan office, said “We are currently receiving daily updates from our partners and suppliers regarding the postponement of delivery dates. Sometimes these delays amount to several weeks. Although we were able to introduce our new OASIS liquid-cooled XMG NEO 15 (E22) earlier this year and expect further availability from mid-March, other laptops such as the new XMG FUSION 16 or the revised XMG PRO series with 12th generation Intel Core CPUs are still waiting. At the moment, it is unclear when they will be available, nor at what price, why the growing shortage of components and rising logistics costs make it difficult to determine final prices and advance planning“.
To make matters worse, an Omicron variant outbreak occurred in Suzhou, China, which led to some companies to close temporarily, while others continue work but with reduced staff. These slowdowns only further delay production, with inevitable consequences on the final availability of the products. In addition to this is also added the limitation that the transport system is undergoingwhich leads to delays in product delivery and a increase in transport costs which is then reflected in the final price of the products.
According to Schenker prices, especially of complete products such as laptops, are set to rise again. Larger manufacturers such as HP, Lenovo and Dell may suffer less of these issues, having more resources available to grab larger quantities of components, helping them to better deal with the situation while smaller manufacturers will suffer more from the shortage of components.