Dell: XPS 13 Ultrabook Sales Are Booming
May 1, 2012 10:58 AM
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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
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RE: I guess they don't care about their employees...
5/3/2012 9:19:27 PM
I pay for much better notebook hardware (display, keyboard, trackpad with multitouch gestures, battery life) and OS specific applications I need (things like Final Cut Pro 7). I also prefer working in the OS X environment, things like organizing assets, managing multiple virtual desktops, window management, using multitouch gestures, the list goes on. Working is much faster and more fluid than it is in Windows. As I said, my productivity OS.
As for price, I disagree. Get a PC up to the standards of a Mac and you're right up there. For example, my 24" LCD is a NEC 2490WUXi, it cost me about $1000 back in 2007. That same IPS panel was in the 2007 iMac, and it made up over half the price of that hardware. Over half the price of a 27" iMac is the same 27" IPS monitor that costs $1000 (used to be $1100) from Dell, and it still uses Core i5 and i7 processors. Fantastic deal, especially compared to other all-in-ones out there.
Spec a business class notebook up to MBP standards with a comparable display and you're paying as much as or more. Ultrabooks with comparable specs cost about as much as a Macbook Air, except that you're still dealing with inferior trackpads and displays.
You can buy PC hardware for less, certainly, but you're skimping on things like the display, the keyboard, the trackpad, chassis size, weight, etc. You can get a great PC notebook but it'll cost
I know both Windows and OS X like the back of my hand, and I've used MS operating systems for about 15 years longer than I have OS X. My decision with both the hardware and the software is a very informed one, thanks.
RE: I guess they don't care about their employees...
5/4/2012 8:51:51 AM
Sounds like your Mac does alot of good stuff. All that , and you still needed to buy a PC to game on. What a great argument... ;)
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