San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
El Segundo, Calif. – Shoppers are not being swayed by the hype surrounding Ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs, but are sticking with low-priced laptops and desktops.
Also causing sales problems for these high-end systems are the public’s infatuation with tablets and smartphones.
IHS iSuppli reported that only 6 percent of computer sales took place in the premium, $1,000 or higher, price band in 2012.
New York – Google and Samsung have introduced a new Chromebook laptop.
The device, selling for $249, is the latest in the series of Chromebooks by the two companies. It is now on pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy and PC World and will ship next week, Google said.
Like the previous model the new Chromebook is intended as a secondary computer for use around the home or an inexpensive laptop option for a student.
El Segundo, Calif. – PC shipments will fall 1.2 percent this year, according to a new forecast by IHS iSuppli.
The research firm is now predicting about 348.7 million units will ship in 2012, down from 352.8 million last year. If this holds true it will mark the first time in 11 years that shipments have decreased year over year, the company said.
New York – NPD DisplaySearch is forecasting a massive increase in ultra-slim PC over the next several years.
NPD has category shipments jumping from the 3.4 million shipped 2011 to 65 million by 2015.
New York – Acer has introduced a mobile computer that neatly bisects the ground between tablet PC and Ultrabook.
The Iconia W700 is a Windows 8 tablet that runs on a variety of Intel Core i3 and i5 processors. It comes with a docking station that allows it to be used as a traditional computer, but once slid out of the cradle, the W700 works as a tablet.
Eric Ackerson, Acer’s product marketing and brand manager, said this format will allow the W700 to be used equally for content creation and consumption. It will sell into retail and the VAR channels.
New York – Intel has teamed up with magician David Blaine to sponsor his latest stunt, called Electrified, which has the risk-taking performer being zapped with 1 million volts of electricity for three full days.
The deal is part of Intel’s ongoing marketing effort behind its Ultrabook initiative. The stunt’s tag line, One Million Volts Always On, is a tie-in to an Ultrabooks instant-on capability.
New York — Acer today added to its S series of high-end Ultrabooks with the introduction of the S7.
The S7, which joins the S3 and S5 in Acer’s lineup, will come in three flavors with two of the models sporting a 13.3-inch display for the first time.
All three feature FullHD touchscreens and a newly designed hinge mechanism that will maintain the display’s proper angle by resisting the force of a finger’s push, said Eric Ackerson, Acer’s senior product marketing and brand manager.
New York – Citing a lack of marketing effort and competition from other devices, IHS iSuppli now anticipates 10.3 million Ultrabooks will ship this year, down from the 22 million originally forecast.
IHS analysts have also cut their Ultrabook shipment projection for 2013. The research firm now has 44 million shipping worldwide after an originally projected 61 million.
New York — Kensington’s computer products group expanded its line of tablet and smartphone accessories, including some SKUs for the new iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, and debuted its first line of Ultrabook accessories.
New from the company are charging devices, security products, cases, docking stations and USB hubs.
Kensington also added new mobile device chargers to its PowerBolt and AbsolutePower car and wall charger line. The new products are compatible with most smartphones and tablets, including the iPhone 5's new Lightning connector.
New York – Hewlett-Packard continued its fall rollout, introducing new Sleekbooks and a high-end laptop.
The new models are the Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 and the HP Envy m4.
The Sleekbooks, which are similar to Ultrabooks but do not meet Intel’s exact specifications to be labeled as such, feature 14- and 15.6-inch displays, are 0.83 inches thick, have up to 1TB of storage, and are powered by an AMD processor.
The 14 and 15 will ship on Oct. 26 with starting prices of $499 and $599, respectively.