You might want to wait a month or two before purchasing an Ultrabook. Prices for the super slim, fast-booting laptops are reportedly set to drop in March and April by as much as 30 percent as inventory is cleared in preparation for the new laptop platform from Intel code named Ivy Bridge.
The tip comes from Taiwan-based DigiTimes, which on Tuesday reported that notebook vendors could be dropping Ultrabook prices by 20 to 30 percent in the next couple of months.
If the tech journal's unnamed channel sources have it right, a high-end Ultrabook could drop in price from about $1,000 to just $700, while at the lower end of the market, you might be able to get a machine that currently costs $750 for just $525.
DigiTimes reports that some first-wave Ultrabooks have already had price cutsâ€”including Hewlett-Packard's Folio 13, which the site reports is now priced at $1,184 in Taiwan, down from $1,420.
Meanwhile, a J.P. Morgan analyst begs to differ with Intel's optimistic projections for Ultrabook penetration of the laptop market and the potential for the Windows-based machines to drive growth in overall PC sales this year. In a research note spotted by Apple Insider on Tuesday, the investment bank's Mike Moskowitz said the new Intel-driven form factor wouldn't likely make a noticeable impact until 2013, whereas Intel has projected Ultrabooks to capture as much as 40 percent of the notebook market in 2012.
"It seems that everyone wants to be like Apple," Moskowitz wrote, referring to the alignment of Ultrabook specifications to Apple's MacBook Air, which debuted years before Intel launched its new category. "All of this market emulation of Apple is ironic, in our view, given the initial skepticism that the MacBook Air received."