Acer founder Stan Shih believes that ultrabooks and tablet PCs are a short-term fad.
Not only does Shih believe that these devices are fads, but that notebooks OEMs need to innovate and offer consumers more value added products, claims DigiTimes.
Shih attributes Apple's success with the iPad to outside-the-box thinking and that this is something that other players in the ultraportable market are going to need to adopt in order to be successful.
Acer does have a 7-inch tablet PC in the pipeline that is expected to $345 that Shih believes will stir up the market and generate competition. Given that so far we've been seeing tablets in the $500+ price bracket, then I agree with Shih that what's needed is a significant drop in price. So far OEMs have seen tablets as a cash cow. Devices such as the Motorola Xoom and RIM PlayBook sell for $500+ - that sort of money buys you quite a PC, so there's room for the price to come down.
If Shih is right and ultrabooks and tablet PCs are a fad then OEMs had better hurry up and start getting devices on the shelves that customers actually want, because at the rate that Apple is selling iPads, everyone who wants a tablet (at least those willing to pay a decent price for one) will have one.