Tablet PC sales in decline

— 12:11 PM on May 30, 2003

DigiTimes is reporting that Tablet PC vendors are experiencing declining sales. The relatively high retail price of most Tablet PCs is being blamed on the decline, though some have complained that Microsoft itself hasn't supported the platform enough.

I had the opportunity to play with Compaq's Crusoe-powered TC1000 a month ago, and while the tablet certainly has novelty value, its $1700 price tag feels a little high. The fact that most Tablet PCs have relatively small screens and weak hardware specs only makes the price premium for pen-based input seem that much more unreasonable, which makes me wonder if tablets will ever break out of niche and novelty markets.

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