* Posts by CptTitanic

1 post • joined 25 Jan 2012

Punters to pick up cheap laptops not Ultrabooks


Not just me, Clues for the Clueless

The pricing of netbooks has been all over the map, manufacturers should have a bloody clue about where the sweet spot and customers are by now.

I've picked up 11" 1388x768 screen Acer models for $165 on sale/clearance, they are regularly $329, but clearly not moving at that, hence the 3-4 week dumping cycle. The AMD models run 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, not the 32-bit Starter crap on the Intel models.

I can pick up a quad cored 17" laptop with a 1600x900 for $400-500 without effort. A 7" tablet for $200-$250 (Fire, Nook Color/Tablet), and 10" for $300 (Acer 500)

I'm not going to spend $700-$900 on an UltraBook for my technology grab-n-go bag, or family members who want to surf, shop or do email. Or for that matter something with a ~18 month replacement cycle.

If i wanted to spend that on dropable/discardable tech I'd be an Apple customer. And I'd want 1600x900 resolution.

For UltraBooks to fly off the shelves they are going to need to be below $400, and preferably below $300.



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