The comments come as resellers are still seeing bleak sales for these products, with some saying they can’t see a light at the end of the dismal tunnel.
Intel’s slim line babies had been touted as a lighter way to work, however, according to recent research by IDC, the company’s emphasis on its skinny form factor did it no favours as the price tag is still sky high.
However, it seems the stubbornness of the company, and its reluctance to cut prices, have angered resellers.
“Ultrabooks have really been the Titanic of the 21st Century. A disaster, and sinking expense,” one told ChannelEye today.
“It seems to me that whatever Intel does, and however much it throws at this brand, it’s just not going to take off unless it reduces prices for these ranges significantly.
“However what we’ve heard from the company hints that this isn’t going to happen, meaning we’ll once again be left with surplus stock and low margins as a result.”
Others agreed, claiming that the price point was the thorn in Intel’s side.
“Ultrabooks still aren’t doing as well as we would have liked. No one wants an overpriced laptop at the moment and the slim USP it’s got going on just isn’t attracting consumers,” another reseller told ChannelEye.
“There are cheaper, but bigger laptops that offer similar features that just make purchases more justified.”
Others have also pointed out that although the company could cash in on the upcoming holidays, consumers again would be reluctant to opt for this product with tablets offering a better price point.
“We’re hoping to see a rise in Ultrabook sales as the summer holidays come around, but it’s market. Some families who are going away will be looking for a light device that can keep kids occupied on a plane as well as act as a virtual mag/book.
“Although an Ultrabook would be perfect for this, the reality is the price points will push many to a tablet,” he added.