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Corporate accounts are buying into the ultrabook big time

So far, the Intel-based ultrabook market has been very small and few consumers have jumped on the “thin and light” bandwagon. While the market as a whole isn’t exactly setting sales records, Dell is bragging that XPS 13 ultrabook sales have been higher than its initial projections. The XPS 13 is made using aluminum and carbon fiber for strength and reduced weight.
 
Dell says that demand has been about three times what it expected for the machines.
 
"We can't build enough of them at the moment," said Sam Burd, vice president of Dell's Consumer and SMB product group. "A little bit less than 3X the expected demand," he said.
 
Dell won't provide specific numbers on the units it's selling, but greater than expected demand is a good sign for ultrabook makers overall. One of the main things that have been holding ultrabooks back from adoption by mainstream users has been the price of entry. The ultrabook was originally expected at around $600 and many of the first units to hit the market were significantly more than that amount.

 
Analyst Stephen Baker from NPD Group says that he's optimistic about ultrabooks in the long run. He also notes the computer makers need to focus on fewer models and more profitability for each product they do offer. "Look at the iPad. People are willing to pay $600 or $700 for something that gives them a great experience. Something that looks good and makes them feel comfortable and confident.”
 
The XPS 13 isn't cheap ultrabook with prices starting at $999. Most of the sales that are driving the machine's success are coming out of large corporate accounts according to Burd.
 
The ultrabook market is expected to benefit significantly from Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.

Source: CNET



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RE: I guess they don't care about their employees...
By XZerg on 5/1/2012 12:31:39 PM , Rating: 0
hahaaha... MBA.... Why buy MBA when you need an WinTel sysetm to run software? Also MBA has very little room for custom configurations unlike the XPS13. The screen may be craptastic (which I highly doubt on the XPS models) but the performance isn't as craptastic as the MBA.


By Pneumothorax on 5/1/2012 2:35:40 PM , Rating: 4
You do realize the Dell XPS 13 has no customization other than picking the soldered cpu and the size of SSD right? It's not expandable at all. Even the memory is soldered in with no expansion slots. The screen was called " Another Low Quality TN Panel " by Dustin's review of the XPS 13 on this website.


By Cloudie on 5/1/2012 2:44:40 PM , Rating: 2
How is the perfomance Craptastic on the MBA? The same CPUs are used in both machines. The MBA would probably perform better anyway as the XPS 13 has heating issues and has to throttle its CPU a bit according to Anandtech.

2 other things better on the MBA 13": it has a card reader, and a much better trackpad.


By Samus on 5/2/2012 12:33:18 AM , Rating: 2
Just idiots buying Dell's. Your a moron not to consider an HP Probook or IBM Thinkpad when spending this amount of money.


RE: I guess they don't care about their employees...
By Decom on 5/1/2012 2:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Also MBA has very little room for custom configurations unlike the XPS13.


Lets be honest guys, both the XPS 13 and the MBA have roughly the same amount of customization options, both have 4Gb of RAM and only really differ on Screen resolution and OS :-

Comaprison:-
(MBA 3Yr Warnty "Core i5/128SSD" @ $1,550 or with i5/256SSD @ $1,850 )
(MBA 3Yr Warnty "Core i7/256SSD" @ $1,950 )

(XPS13 3Yr Warnty "Core i5/128SSD" @ $1,430 )
(XPS13 3Yr Warnty "Core i5/256SSD" @ $1,800 )
(XPS13 3Yr Warnty "Core i7/256SSD" @ $1,999 )


By Shadowmage on 5/1/2012 3:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
Those Dell prices are retail prices that you found on the website. Corporate customers purchase in bulk and are eligible for massive 30%+ discounts, if not more.


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