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Will ultrabooks slow the tablet revolution?

Tony Bradley | Jan. 25, 2012
A new report from analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that shipments of ultrabooks will grow three times the rate of tablets over the next five years.

There is no doubt that ultrabooks are a steeper investment than the selection of bargain notebooks one might find at the neighborhood Walmart. For those with the extra pocket change, though, ultrabooks combine the power and capabilities of a Windows laptop with the features and benefits of a tablet to create a hybrid device that is--in many ways--superior to either the traditional notebook, or the tablet.

The challenge for ultrabook vendors will be to find the sweet spot where price meets performance at a place that the masses can actually stomach, and to avoid simply cannibalizing sales of traditional desktop or notebook PCs.


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