Remember how Intel was hoping that ultrabooks would account for 40 percent of notebooks by the end of 2012? That didn’t happen. But some people certainly seem to be spending their money on ultraportable PCs.
ABI Research estimates that about 22.5 million notebooks shipped in 2013 were ultraportables. That’s about 12.3 percent of all notebooks sold, and about twice as many the year before.
Note all of those notebooks would qualify for Intel’s definition of an “ultrabook.” Apple’s MacBook Air is included in the list, and I suspect that some portables with AMD chips might also be included.
ABI says the average ultraportable sold for between $940 and $1540, suggesting that PC makers are pushing portability as a premium feature again.
That doesn’t mean you can’t find low-cost, light-weight PCs with long-lasting batteries. While netbooks may be a thing of the past, Windows tablets and 2-in-1 hybrids such as the Asus Transformer Book T100 and Dell Venue 11 Pro are often available for $500 and less — although I suspect ABI may be grouping tablets into a different category.