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Why you probably shouldn't buy a Windows 8 ultrabook

Tony Bradley | Oct. 3, 2012
The clock is quickly winding down to the official launch of Windows 8. Along with a completely redesigned interface and Windows experience, hardware partners are lined up, ready to offer Windows 8 ultrabooks. The question businesses and consumers will need to answer, though, is whether or not a Windows 8 ultrabook makes sense.

One lofty estimate for ultrabook sales was recently cut in half due to underwhelming results thus far. The launch of Windows 8, and the impending holiday season will probably create a spike in ultrabook sales, but overall the demand simply doesn't seem to match expectations.

For Windows 8, it seems like a better alternative would be a tablet. The tablet is designed to be used as a touchscreen device, and is suited to take advantage of the unique features of Windows 8.

Many vendors are offering hybrid solutions--Windows 8 tablets with a physical keyboard docking station that turns it into a convertible tablet / ultrabook mashup. If the price is right, a tablet hybrid could be a better platform for Windows 8, a more versatile mobile device for users, and deliver better bang for the buck than a Windows 8 ultrabook.


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