Items tagged with Ultrabook

Intel's roll-out of their 4th generation Haswell-based Core series processors has been a little pokey, quite frankly, when you compare this launch to the deluge of products that hit the market when Ivy Bridge broke cover last year.  Regardless, Apple always seems to have an inside track on Intel's latest technology and so, as it turns out, our first Haswell-powered notebook has finally arrived and it's none other than the Apple MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air for 2013 is virtually indistinguishable from the previous gen model, though if you'll look closely there actually two tiny pinholes... Read more...
At CES, Lenovo revealed its ThinkPad Helix which it marketed as having a "groundbreaking 'rip and flip' design" that enables this 11.6-inch ultrabook to transform into a powerful Windows 8 tablet. When detached, Lenovo claims the Helix is the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core processor-based tablet with vPro support. The ThinkPad Helix lets you work in four different modes: laptop, tablet, stand, and tablet+. When attached to the Enhanced Keyboard Dock in laptop mode, you’ll also get additional battery life and additional ports as well as Lenovo’s ThinkPad Precision keyboard,... Read more...
Convertible laptops and ultrabooks had a big presence at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). At CES, Lenovo revealed its ThinkPad Helix which it marketed as having a "groundbreaking 'rip and flip' design" that enables this 11.6-inch ultrabook to transform into a powerful Windows 8 tablet. When detached, Lenovo claims the Helix is the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core tablet with Intel's vPro technology for the enterprise. The ThinkPad Helix lets you work in four different modes: laptop, tablet, stand, and tablet+. When attached to the Enhanced Keyboard Dock in laptop... Read more...
It appears that a recent patent filed by Apple to the United States Patent and Trademark Office has some notebook vendors a little worried, at least according to industry tracking site DigiTimes. That being the case, you might imagine that the patent is quite brilliant - but not so. It is useful, however: a combination USB + SD card slot. Combination ports have been around for ages, so this isn't anything to get too excited over, but with it, Apple will be able to either remove an entire port from its MacBooks, or replace the card reader of old with a USB port. For those who don't want to fetch... Read more...
With the KIRAbook 13 I7, Toshiba is flexing its muscles and taking on the likes of Apple, Asus, and Lenovo in the ultrabook arena. And you know what? Toshiba seems to be on the right track. With clean lines, a 2560 x 1440 resolution display and a slick magnesium alloy body, the KIRAbook is anything but a typical laptop. Hitting a home run in this market isn’t easy, because a true ultrabook should be as much about form as it is function. It should be thinner than a laptop, and lighter too. It needs processing power as well as decent battery life. But small, powerful hardware usually comes... Read more...
With the KIRAbook 13 I7, Toshiba is flexing its muscles and taking on the likes of Apple, Asus, and Lenovo in the ultrabook arena. And you know what? Toshiba seems to be on the right track. With clean lines, a 2560 x 1440 resolution display and a slick magnesium alloy body, the KIRAbook is anything but a typical laptop. Hitting a home run in this market isn’t easy, because a true ultrabook should be as much about form as it is function. It should be thinner than a laptop, and lighter too. It needs processing power as well as decent battery life. But small, powerful hardware... Read more...
Lenovo just won’t quit with the quirky form factors (which we’re glad for), and the company’s latest innovation is the Lenovo Miix, a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet that comes equipped with a “quick flip” detachable folio case that doubles as an AccuType keyboard. The device has a 10.1-inch HD (1366x768) IPS display and runs on a dual-core Intel Atom processor with 64GB of built-in storage, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G-GPS, and 10 hours of battery life. The tablet itself weighs 1.2 pounds and is just 0.4 inches thick. Lenovo Miix (curiously, without the folio case... Read more...
This has been quite the week for new product announcements, in large part because of the Computex Taipei convention in Taiwan, but also because Intel rolled out its Haswell refresh. Walking in line with the latter, Fujitsu unveiled a new lineup of FMV series PCs, one of which it claims is the world's thinnest Ultrabook. The Ultrabook in question is the Lifebook UH90/L, and though it's extremely slender, that isn't the only eye-popping feature. Fujitsu squeezed a 14-inch wide format display into a standard 13-inch form factor body, but the real treat is that the panel utilizes IGZO technology to... Read more...
If Haswell's debut on the desktop has left you feeling a bit flat, the company's mobile efforts may be the pick-me-up you've been hoping for. If you step back and think about the entire CPU market, the last two years have been marked by tremendous shifts in consumer buying habits, as tablet sales skyrocketed and desktop/laptop sales have slumped. Intel recognized years ago that Atom, no matter how polished, would never be able to address the entire portable market -- the usage scenarios between a laptop and a smartphone are just too wide. The company therefore decided to take a two-pronged approach... Read more...
If Haswell's debut on the desktop has left you feeling a bit flat, the company's mobile efforts may be the pick-me-up you've been hoping for. If you step back and think about the entire CPU market, the last two years have been marked by tremendous shifts in consumer buying habits, as tablet sales skyrocketed and desktop/laptop sales have slumped. Intel recognized years ago that Atom, no matter how polished, would never be able to address the entire portable market -- the usage scenarios between a laptop and a smartphone are just too wide. The company therefore decided to take a two-pronged... Read more...
Remember the S3 Ultrabook? In 2011, it was an icon in design. Today, the competition is a bit more heated, hence Acer's reasoning behind updating the machine as Computex kicks off in Taiwan. The newly-revised, Windows 8-equipped Aspire S3 Ultrabook integrates some key components from the flagship Aspire S7 series, raising the bar all around. "One of the great benefits of successfully launching an ambitious product like the Aspire S7 is what the organization learns at every stage of the process," said David Lee, Senior Architect of Acer Design Center. "We made it a point to reinvest that across... Read more...
After teasing the Aspire R7 in a Star Trek-themed ad, the PC maker has finally made the convertible laptop official. And it’s released a new YouTube video – one that goes into a little more detail about what the R7 is meant to be. Whether or not this laptop succeeds, the R7 is a bold move by Acer. As the video’s narrator explains, Acer was looking for a way to bring R7’s touch screen closer to the user so that it’s easier to take advantage of Window 8’s touch capabilities. It came up with the Ezel hinge, which is a stand that shifts the screen from the back of... Read more...
Samsung has a lot of product in a lot of categories, and now the company is unifying a bunch of them--all of its Windows-based PCs--under the “ATIV” brand. Until now, ATIV was the moniker the company gave only to its convertible notebook line; the change starts today. If you’re worried that you’re going to be terribly confused about which products will become what, Samsung provided a helpful chart. The company also announced an ultrabook and a laptop today. The 14-inch (1366x768) Samsung ATIV Book 5 ultrabook runs on an Intel Core i5-3337U (1.8GHz) processor, 4GB of memory,... Read more...
Intel’s Paul Otellini is on his way out as CEO, but before he steps down a month from now, he dropped some news about what Intel is planning to roll out in the near future during an earnings call with investors. Specifically, he said that soon, consumers might be seeing touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks running Windows 8 for as low as $200. Otellini had previously noted in his remarks that he believed OEMs might start rolling out new notebook form factors based around upcoming Haswell (4th-generation Core processors) or even the new Bay Trail Atom chips at price points as low as $300 to... Read more...
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