In the midst of Dell's difficulties, Gateway has taken the opportunity to tout that it has, and is ready to sell, 2GHz P4 systems. Intel seems content to repeat forward-looking statements made in the third quarter: certain P4 models will be in tight supply initially this quarter.
It could be said that this is a recurring story from Dell. The fact that it is happening now, in the midst of a recession, caught my attention. The recommended Dimension 8200 2GHz PC runs nearly $3,200.
This situation raises an interesting question: Is Dell suffering at the hands of tight supplies from Intel, or are holiday sales exceeding expectations? Could this be a sign of the coming end to the current economic recession?