Phantom Lapboard delayed until next year


— 12:35 AM on November 8, 2006

It was too good to be true. The Phantom Lapboard, Phantom Entertainment's first product actually headed to stores since the company was founded as Infinium Labs in 2002, has been delayed until next year. Phantom stated in October that it intended to ship the Lapboard some time this month, but now the company says shipments to the U.S. won't begin until January 2007. Broad retail availability isn't expected until March 2007. To blame for the setback is "demand from major manufacturers of media center PCs and distributors," which Phantom President and CEO Greg Koler suggests is higher than expected. Alienware announced last month that it had ordered Lapboards to bundle with its media center PCs, but Phantom doesn't name any of its other customers in the press release. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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