Ultrabook Price Drops are Inevitable, Happening Soon

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If the only thing holding you back from purchasing an Ultrabook is price, good news, your patience may soon be rewarded. According to reports, Ultrabook prices could fall anywhere from 5 percent to 10 percent in the first quarter of 2012, which would push higher end models below the $1,000 ceiling Intel had always envisioned.

News and rumor site DigiTimes reports that Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, and Dell are all getting ready to launch Ultrabooks, adding some much needed competition to a field that's fairly thin at the moment. The bigger challenge, however, is coping with high processor and solid state drive pricing, which has kept the cost of some Ultrabooks above the $1,000 line.


Be that as it may, these upcoming price drops are just the beginning. Acer believes Ultrabook prices could drop by as much as 20 percent by the second quarter of 2012, and could even get as low as $499 in 2013. That's not much more than a high-end netbook, yet Ultrabooks are leaps and bounds ahead of those Intel Atom-based machines.
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RMedley replied on Thu, Dec 1 2011 1:09 PM

The price on most anything in technology will be dropping relatively soon as they never slow down at all. As soon as one thing wows us with it's depth of technological capability a new one comes out or is announced to be doing so within a 3 month time span. 1 quarter in the business lingo in technology seems to be becoming all it takes for a whole new game to be born. It is actually quite astoundingly crazy if you think about it.

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Sounds good to me, I am never against a price drop.

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SSD prices seem to be falling too especially around the 128GB capacity, partly thanks to OCZ I guess. So add SSD prices, competition, and the end of year holiday season, and we have a good recipe for lower prices

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Very nice... I really hope I get to use these in my school building at some point soon. These things are really awesome and way better than net books.

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timaeus replied on Fri, Dec 2 2011 10:23 AM

So... If Ultrabooks end up closing the gap with netbooks, then where will notebooks be? Made obsolete, except for high-end gaming laptops and mobile workstations?

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If Ultrabooks end up closing the gap with netbooks, then where will notebooks be?

Cheaper and fatter, with a DVD/Blu-ray drive!

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Aoshi replied on Mon, Dec 5 2011 1:02 AM

Haha they will be considered huge and clunky.

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