Intel’s Thunderbolt remains high-end rarity as Acer drops out
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr is a rare Windows laptop that’s equipped with Intel’s high-speed Thunderbolt communications port.
In 2012, Acer became the first Windows PC maker to embrace Thunderbolt, Intel’s super-fast communication technology. But that enthusiasm didn’t carry past mid-2013.
The utility and ubiquity of performance improvements of USB, combined with Thunderbolt’s high cost, led Acer to drop the port from its machines last week.
“We’re really focusing on USB 3.0 — it’s an excellent alternative to Thunderbolt,” Acer spokeswoman Ruth…