The venerable laptop is under assault.
And leading the assault is Apple -- which has no qualms about cannibalizing a piece of its own MacBook laptop line with the iPad.
And Apple's tablets will get even harder to resist in October when it brings out a smaller tablet, probably priced well below $399.
The $199 Google Nexus 7 and the starting at $199 -- or $159 for the original Fire -- are making it even harder to fork over $699 for a new laptop.
At the risk of stating the obvious, consumers often opt for the cheaper device if it seems to meet their needs. So, in many cases -- just glance atfrom market researchers and -- they are choosing a tablet instead of a laptop. Or postponing the purchase of a laptop in favor of a tablet impulse-buy.
In response, Microsoft, Intel, and their partners -- who are feeling some existential panic -- are trying to curb those buying habits by introducing Windows 8 laptops that also function as tablets.
So, here's my question. Would you forgo a tablet for a laptop with a touch screen?
Or to rephrase the question: though more expensive than a tablet -- likely well over $499 -- many Windows 8 portables will squeeze a laptop and tablet into one device, potentially obviating the need to buy two devices. Does that seem like the right solution to you?