Iâ€™d argue smartphones and tablets currently meet most, if not all of those needs; therein lies the problem for Ultrabooks. Itâ€™s not a consumer problem; itâ€™s an Intel problem, as sales of traditional computers are declining, while sales of tablets and smartphones are rising.
ARM, is the problem.
Update: Ben Brooks:
I actually wonder when the last time a computer manufacturer, not named Apple, gave a damn about making a computer that made lives easier. Think about it: they donâ€™t make the software, just the hardware â€” and yet thatâ€™s the part that seems like utter crap.
To put it another way: if Apple hadnâ€™t made version 2 of the MacBook Air a wild success, would any other PC manufacturer care to try and make a competing product â€” one that Intel is begging them to make?
I doubt it. And thatâ€™s the problem.