There's no question that manufacturers are gearing up for Windows 8's launch on October 26th with all different kinds of convertible laptops, but there will also be a more traditional route for getting a touchscreen laptop for the new OS: clamshell laptops with touch-enabled displays. Following their first unveil at IFA last month, Acer is now giving us some more information on its first entries into that market: the touch-equipped Aspire M5 ultrabook and thin-and-light Aspire V5 laptops.
The number and variety of accessories available to all CE dealers has greatly increased exponentially in recent years. Ballooning mobile device sales accounts, in part, for the crowded peripherals market. But whatever the reason, dealers are grateful for a broader choice of options, and they say they are constantly on the lookout for new products, technologies and ideas that will stimulate foot traffic and boost their bottom lines.
New accessories such important business drivers heading into 2013 because, for one, pricing competition within the most popular accessories categories has put strong pressure on margin points. “Margins are thinner nowadays,” said Simon Sedek, buyer at Electronic Express, Nashville, Tenn. “They used to be better. But there is more competition.”