ultrabooks

  • Ultra Disappointment? Nah, Ultrabooks Are Just Getting Started

    Ultra Disappointment? Nah, Ultrabooks Are Just Getting Started

    This year was supposed to be the year of the Ultrabook. It was supposed to be the year where svelte notebooks became standard. It was supposed to be the year that Intel’s latest ultra-mobile platform gave Windows PC makers something to celebrate. But that’s not happening. At least not yet. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Read More

  • Lenovo Debuts A Pair Of Ultrabooks, The $1599 ThinkPad X1 Hybrid And $849 ThinkPad T430u

    Lenovo Debuts A Pair Of Ultrabooks, The $1599 ThinkPad X1 Hybrid And $849 ThinkPad T430u

    Lenovo is serious about ultrabooks. The company just introduced two new ultrabooks that will live alongside the company’s existing model, the ThinkPad X1. These three models put Lenovo in a unique position in the ultrabook game. While other companies are releasing their first ultrabooks, here’s Lenovo, with a relatively large product offering including a high-end model and an… Read More

  • The Most Important Gadgets Of 2012

    The Most Important Gadgets Of 2012

    Rather than looking back (which I’m sure we will), I thought it would be nice to look forward to 2012 and beyond and note some of the gadgets that will change the world in the next few years. I’ve included mobile, gaming, and computing gadgets but I think 2012 will also be the year of Windows Phone, 3D printing, and fitness technology that actually makes a difference. I’m… Read More

  • Ultrabook Prices May Fall 5-10% In The First Part Of 2012, Says Report

    Ultrabook Prices May Fall 5-10% In The First Part Of 2012, Says Report

    The first ultrabooks are just now hitting the market but despite Intel’s stated wishes, prices are generally north of $1000. But that might change early next year, per Digitimes who cites several supply chain makers. Reportedly, Acer, Asustek and Toshiba are looking to lower prices in 1Q12 to below $1000. Plus, a $100 marketing subsidy from Intel cause a overal dip of 5-10% next year. Read More

  • The Promise Of The 15-Inch MacBook Air

    The Promise Of The 15-Inch MacBook Air

    In my home office sits a 27-inch iMac with a secondary 24-inch LED Cinema Display attached to it. It’s a glorious vision of screen real estate. And yet, I dread using it. First world problem? It’s perhaps the definition of the term. But it’s true. I’m sitting here on a couch adjacent to my desk because I’d rather type this post on my MacBook Air. To be… Read More

  • Potential Dell Ultrabooks Hit The FCC

    Potential Dell Ultrabooks Hit The FCC

    A couple of what appear to be ultrabooks from Dell have snuck into the FCC for a bit of quiet emissions testing. The devices, spotted by Wirelesss Goodness, are pictured only partially, and in schematic form no less, so it’s hard to draw too many conclusions. One thing you can tell for sure, though, is that these are thin buggers. That’s an ethernet port on the corner there, which… Read More

  • 30-50 Ultrabooks Are Expected To Launch At CES 2012, But Can They Break The CES Curse?

    30-50 Ultrabooks Are Expected To Launch At CES 2012, But Can They Break The CES Curse?

    Every year at the global electronic bazaar that is the Consumer Electronic Show, there is a product du jour. A certain product segment seemingly overloads the trade show. iPad killers were out in force at 2011’s show. 2010 was all about 3D TVs while netbooks was the popular product in 2009. It seems that utltrabooks might be 2012’s hot product. But can they break the dreaded CES… Read More

  • Asus Zenbooks Enter The Ultrabook Fray, Starting At $999

    Asus Zenbooks Enter The Ultrabook Fray, Starting At $999

    The promise of the ultra-cheap ultrabook hasn’t quite been fulfilled yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a few sexy machines before the new ones hit. Acer’s Aspire S3 dropped yesterday, and we’ll have a review up soon, but the new Asus Zenbooks, rumored and pictured earlier but only actually announced today, are the ones I’ve been waiting… Read More

  • Report: HP, Dell Ultrabooks On Tap For Late 2011, Early 2012 Release

    Report: HP, Dell Ultrabooks On Tap For Late 2011, Early 2012 Release

    Ultrabooks are set to light the notebook market ablaze, but the two largest PC makers are arriving fashionably late. A Digitimes report collaborates earlier rumors that HP and Dell do not plan on releasing ultrabooks anytime soon. This puts Acer, Asus, Toshiba and Lenovo in particularly prime positions to stake claim in what could become a pivotal market. But they better get while the getting… Read More

  • Intel: 75 Million 2nd Generation Core CPUs Shipped, Fastest Selling CPU In Company’s History

    Intel: 75 Million 2nd Generation Core CPUs Shipped, Fastest Selling CPU In Company’s History

    Intel clearly has a hit on its hands. Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, took to the IDF 2011 stage today and announced several things including that, as this posts headline states, the company’s current crop of Core CPUs, codenamed Sandy Bridge, is Intel’s fastest selling platform yet with more than 75 million chips shipped. This major… Read More

  • Report: Apple To Blame For The Initial Ultrabook Short Supply

    Report: Apple To Blame For The Initial Ultrabook Short Supply

    Apple is seemingly sucking all the air out of the PC market. Major players are weary of launching an entirely new product type even one with such draw as ultrabooks. Digitimes is reporting that the first round of ultrabook orders are fairly light as companies smartly predict that consumers are still enamored with Apple products. The first round of ultrabook (read: MacBook Air clones) were… Read More

  • First Acer Ultrabook Leaks, Full Specs and Price Included

    First Acer Ultrabook Leaks, Full Specs and Price Included

    The first round of ultrabooks are upon us. Acer and Asus are said to have several models ready for an IFA debut later this week, but Notebook Italia just located a product page for the Acer Ultrabook S3 that went up a bit premature and confirms that these next-gen notebooks, ultrabooks, will rock your socks. Read More

  • Here Come The MacBook Air Clones! Asus Set To Announce 5+ Ultrabooks

    Here Come The MacBook Air Clones! Asus Set To Announce 5+ Ultrabooks

    The day of the Ultrabook is nearly upon us and per Asustek chairman, Jonney Shih, the PC maker has five to six models on the bill for an October release. Prices are said to start out $899 but also reach $1,999. That’s notable higher than Intel’s target price of $999 and under. Still, if Intel has its way, ultrabooks will be the next big thing in PC notebooks. The ultra-thin… Read More

  • Intel To Computer Makers: Ultrabooks Will Save You

    Intel To Computer Makers: Ultrabooks Will Save You

    As I write this, I’m sitting in my office. Around me, there are nine computers — seven of them run Windows. I have three slates, too — only one is an iPad. Welcome to the Post-PC world outside of San Francisco where Microsoft is still top dog and Apple is a niche, but admittedly, influential player. We may be in the post-PC era, but the Windows PC is far from dead. Apple… Read More

  • New Intel Ultrabook Reference Models Could Undercut MacBook Air Significantly

    New Intel Ultrabook Reference Models Could Undercut MacBook Air Significantly

    When Intel launched its Ultrabook initiative, we were excited: a full-on PC notebook the size of a MacBook Air? Promises of Adamos and Series 9s danced before our eyes, sexy but overpriced. Could this new spec be the one that makes our Air-toting friends jealous? Unfortunately, few ultrabooks have surfaced, and those that have aren’t really competing pricewise. And just today we hear… Read More

  • With Aluminum Supplies Low, Will Lightweight Laptops Opt For Fiberglass?

    With Aluminum Supplies Low, Will Lightweight Laptops Opt For Fiberglass?

    The rush towards lightweight, thin laptops — the “ultrabook” spec being promoted by Intel — has resulted in a major uptick in demand for thin metal chassis. Unfortunately, much of the aluminum milling capacity is being taken up by Apple, which is relying more than ever on the material for its laptop lines. Big players like Acer and HP can’t make do with the… Read More

  • MacBook Air Killers? First Batch Of PC Ultrabooks To Carry An Ultra-Pricetag

    MacBook Air Killers? First Batch Of PC Ultrabooks To Carry An Ultra-Pricetag

    Ultrabooks are supposed to be the PC’s answer to the MacBook Air. These notebooks are said to rock hardware platforms very similar to the Air’s but, you know, run Windows instead of OS X. The first crop from HP and Asus will likely hit during the fourth quarter of 2011 but won’t be Air-killers right away. They’re going to be too expensive. Read More

  • Intel Pitches New Category Of Thin And Light Laptops: "Ultrabooks"

    Intel Pitches New Category Of Thin And Light Laptops: "Ultrabooks"

    Intel is using the yearly Computex Taipei exhibition in Taiwan as a platform to pitch a new category of laptops. Dubbed Ultrabooks, these devices are supposed to have three distinct features: they are thinner (less than 20mm/0.8 inches) and lighter than most existing laptops, and they should be priced below $1,000 in order to become mainstream. Read More