First-Generation Ultrabook Prices May Drop as Much as 25 Percent
By Melanie Pinola
Good news for people who want a good deal on a super-thin laptop: Acer, Lenovo, and HP are reportedly dropping their Ultrabook prices by as much as 25 percent in preparation for the second-generation models that will soon launch with Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge processors.
According to DigiTimes, the average price of first-generation Ultrabooks will quickly drop in the second quarter of 2012 to between $699 and $799–a few hundred below the current $1000+ price tags.
The second-generation Ultrabooks will no doubt cost more. For example, the Envy 14 Spectre, which will be strikingly designed with glass and have an impressive 1600 by 900 pixel display, is expected to arrive February 8 with a starting price of $1400.
And, of course, in addition to other spec upgrades, the next-generation Ultrabooks will sport Ivy Bridge processors with better graphics performance and battery life.
If you don’t need the latest chips and want to save a few hundred bucks, now might be the time to start looking at Ultrabooks.