So what you're saying an PCs are cheaper and have more CPU power? STOP THE PRESSES!
Agreed, RISC OS has to have most things everyone else does, but that can't happen overnight. The steps are there, 32bit RISC OS, HAL, more and more standard parts, Merlin project, Unix porting project.
Simtec can sell a StrongARM mothboard for 200ukps. Riscstation ones cost about 250. Iyonix costs 600, and has an XScale and support, and a load of other features, gigabit networking, sound, 64bit PCI slots, UDMA100, DDR ram. Of course there are 103 StrongARM boards competing in the market.
Iyonix Pnather TC costs 1400ukps inc VAT. 2 120GB HDs (65*2), 1GB DDR ram stick (hard to find, say 150-200), CDRW (20), usb kb (10 from castle), mouse (20), floppy (10), 7in1 card reader (10), case (120 from castle), RISC OS 5, a converted GF2MX PCI card (90), USB card (30 from castle), PSU (50 from castle). A word processor, spreadsheet, browser, email client, CD burning software
So 640+700 for the motherboard is 1340, which leaves 60 for the software and RISC OS 5.
I'd guess the software was the 60 and RISC OS cost came from the motherboard, say 200ukps for RISC OS 5, which makes the motherboard 400 (ex VAT), take off, say, 100 for all the features Iyonix motherboard has that Simtec's doesn't (hardware, design and support), which leaves a 300ukps XScale motherboard compared to a 200ukps SA motherboard.