first_imgWhen Intel unveiled the Ultrabook platform back in May, the chip giant had some very specific guidance on what classes a laptop as an Ultrabook. The “thin, light, and elegant” portable machines have to use a Sandy Bridge Core processor, be no more than 20mm thick, and have a price point of $1,000 or less.That $1,000 price point limit means you should never have to pay more than the base MacBook Air configuration for an Ultrabook, which already makes them look competitive next to Apple’s laptops. Even so, $1,000 for a Windows 7 laptop puts them out of range of a lot of people more used to paying half that for a machine.According to Acer, anyone who can’t afford an Ultrabook now just has to wait. Jim Wong, president of Acer, has stated that by the second quarter of next year we will be paying between $799 and $899 for an Ultrabook, which is a 20% discount less than a year after they launched. But that isn’t the end of the price cuts. If you can wait until 2013, that thin and light Ultrabook you desire will apparently cost no more than $499.Dropping the price by 50% puts ultra-portable laptops in range of just about everyone. It also begs the question, what will happen to non-Ultrabook hardware? The $500 laptops of today will either disappear or be forced to drop in price. If that’s the case, then manufacturers will have to give away netbooks for free, and there will be mounting pressure on Chromebooks to also cut their prices significantly.If Acer’s predictions are right, then it’s likely Ultrabooks will become the norm, and we’ll have models ranging in price from $499 to $999 in a couple of years.via DigiTimeslast_img