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    Acer to focus on PC hardware but pins finance woes on Ultrabooks

    New CEO blames three years of losses on Intel's Ultrabook initiative and early touch screen push.
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    Re: Acer to focus on PC hardware but pins finance woes on Ultrabooks

    Huh, everyone I know who's been buying a laptop has been buying an Ultrabook tm.

    Can't see how jumping on that bangwagon was a mistake. Surely it's the fact their prices where high at the lowend, and their build quality didn't feel half as nice as Samsung at the high end.
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    Re: Acer to focus on PC hardware but pins finance woes on Ultrabooks

    Call the Whaaaaambulance. Acer made cheap and nasty ultrabooks rather than high-end models, and the market for cheap and nasty laptops has been cannibalised by tablets. Taking your low-end notebooks, giving them a small battery and flimsier case, and calling it an 'ultrabook' isn't going to fool people into paying an extra markup for them.

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    Re: Acer to focus on PC hardware but pins finance woes on Ultrabooks

    What they need to do is the same as what a lot of manufacturers need to do... STOP PUTTING 1366 x 768 PANELS IN LAPTOPS. Christ even 1600 x 900 @15.6" is bearable but i cannot stand this 'HD Ready' crap. We have tablets with resolutions in excess of of 1080P for under £400 and laptops for £500+ are still being churned out with this uncomfortable and ugly resolution. The silver bullet is a good quality, high resolution tablet with just enough processing power and RAM all at a price that is just low enough to catch peoples eyes who would otherwise buy an iPad. The Dell Venue 11 is a decent example of what i would have thought makes sense.
    If the surface pro 2 had a cheaper i3 or even one of the quad Atoms as a cheaper option, that would do the trick... but then they would be admitting there is no place for the RT... so thats not going to happen.

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    Re: Acer to focus on PC hardware but pins finance woes on Ultrabooks

    Actually I'm a bit the other way round. I Don't like a lot of this race to 1080p in tiny screen game. Often those screens have awful colour fidelity. The iPad 3 and MBP both suffered a lot. Hell my 13" Z series from years back suffers a lot for being just 1080p. I'd like nice resolutions, not useless by 768, but not insane lets sell the megapixels, and make the colours suffer.
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    Re: Acer to focus on PC hardware but pins finance woes on Ultrabooks

    There is definitely a sweet spot to balance perceptual image quality and compatibility with programs with old Windows based GUI. It depends on the screen size of course but for a laptop I think 1600x900 for 11-13" and 1920x1080 for 14-15" is a good compromise. Also unless you're going to fold into a tablet a la Vaio Flip or Yoga, hence arguably a reason for touch screen, please use a nice matte panel and forget about touch. The older Series 9 samsungs had it nailed, now they've got for a touchscreen glossy effort - I give up

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