Friday, 3 December 2010

Acer Not Targeting iPad-like Products Acer to Focus on Ultra-thin Notebooks Rather Than a Tablet PC

Exactly when we though all computer manufacturers are ready to join the
tablet bandwagon, Acer begs to differ. According to Acer Taiwan
president Scott Lin, the company is not interested to debut an iPad-like
product and would rather channel all their efforts in improving the
company's ultra-thin notebook lineup with new models being introduced in
the near future.
Lin doesn't rule out the fact that the Apple iPad might be a sales hit,
and although it would be easy to replicate the device, he thinks it
would be pointless as it doesn't fit with Acer's business model.
Historically, closed platforms are typically limited in terms of scale
and are confined to niche markets. Apple has built is business out of
carving its own niche, which means that while Apple could see success
with devices like the iPad, other players are unlikely to be able to
replicate its result simply by copying , Lin noted.
We're totally with you Acer in your attempt to make laptops as thin and
as light as possible, but we sure hope you're not forgetting one of the
most important factor — make them affordable, like the iPad, and
we, the TFTS staff will be the first to buy a few for our travels.
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