Items tagged with Ultrabook

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook is designed to give users flexibility in a way other ultrabooks don't: This ultrabook features a unique, dual-articulating hinge that lets the Yoga 13's touchscreen fold 360 degrees, converting the machine from notebook mode to tablet mode. Thanks to its special hinge design, the Yoga 13 can also be used in "stand" or "tent" modes as well. The IdeaPad Yoga 13 runs Windows 8 and when used in notebook mode, the Yoga 13 gives you the full desktop experience of Windows 8 with the added benefit of a touchscreen. In tablet, tent, or stand modes though, you'll appreciate all of the touch-friendly controls and features found within Windows 8... Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13... Read more...
Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook is designed to give users flexibility in a way other ultrabooks don't: This ultrabook features a unique hinge that lets the Yoga 13's touchscreen display fold 360 degrees, converting the ultrabook from notebook mode to tablet mode. Thanks to its dual-hinge design, the Yoga 13 can also be used in "stand" or "tent" modes as well.  The IdeaPad Yoga 13 runs on Windows 8. When used in notebook mode, the Yoga 13 gives you the full desktop side of Windows 8 with the added benefit of a touchscreen. In tablet, tent, or stand modes, you'll appreciate all of the touch-friendly controls and features found within Windows 8. But before we dig in much further than that,... Read more...
Although Nvidia's Tegra 3 has been taking tablets and smartphones by storm, there are other noteworthy mobile processors out there, including Qualcomm's dual-core, 1.5GHz 8060A. The Snapdragon S4 SoC appears in the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, which is a 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. That's not a bad setup for a tablet, particularly if you're shopping on a tighter budget. Lenovo took a different approach with the IdeaTab S2110’s display than we usually see. Whereas other tablet makers are gunning for the highest resolution displays, Lenovo opted for a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and a 16:10 ratio. That means 1080p is out of the question, but the screen... Read more...
Although Nvidia's Tegra 3 has been taking tablets and smartphones by storm, there are other noteworthy mobile processors out there, including Qualcomm's dual-core, 1.5GHz 8060A. The Snapdragon S4 SoC appears in the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, which is a 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. That's not a bad setup for a tablet, particularly if you're shopping on a tighter budget. Lenovo took a different approach with the IdeaTab S2110’s display than we usually see. Whereas other tablet makers are gunning for the highest resolution displays, Lenovo opted for a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and a 16:10 ratio. That means 1080p is out of the question,... Read more...
A laptop isn’t just a laptop anymore; it’s your right arm, an extension of your brain. These days, we’re always connected even when we’re out and about, and smartphones facilitate that better than any device in history. However, it’s not enough to just be able to fire off a text or field a phone call whenever and wherever anymore; even when we’re on the move, we need to able to work, create, and share. Today’s Ultrabook™, such as those in the Lenovo® IdeaPad U Series, provides the ideal tool for mobile productivity, be it a class presentation using PowerPoint with audio clips you need to clean up, editing a short film, or just jotting down notes... Read more...
Samsung is the latest OEM to out its lineup of Windows 8 machines, and it certainly seems as though the big trend is toward laptop/tablet hybrids. According to VentureBeat, Samsung is calling its hybrid models “Smart PCs”, and two are slated to launch with Windows 8 on board. The ATIV Smart PC 700T will cost $1,200, while the ATIV Smart PC 500T will debut at $650 (or $750 with the keyboard). Samsung also announced a quartet of laptops, most notably the 13.3-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch, which boasts a touchscreen and will cost $860 for the Intel Core i5 edition and $810 for one running a Core i3. The lowest end of the line is the Series 3 notebook, which offers configurations from as... Read more...
When it comes to checking companies on their green claims, particularly in the consumer electronics space, there are few outlets that are scrutinized more highly than EPEAT. Particularly after Apple's in-then-out episode earlier in the year, EPEAT's updates are being watched like a hawk. Not only to see who gets in, but also who drops out. Now, EPEAT's latest notes are out, and five new ultrathin laptops are on deck. Products from Apple, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba were investigated, and the short version is that all of them met the requirements of the criteria reviewed. Here's a bit about the specifics from EPEAT itself: The findings released today are the culmination of a lengthy review of... Read more...
You have to give Sony credit for trying new things; the company announced a gaggle of new T series, E series, and S series computers, but more notable is a tablet/notebook hybrid called the VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook and the VAIO Tap 20, a tabletop PC designed for families. The Duo 11 is an interesting take on the promising tablet/ultrabook type of mobile device; the display flips up at an angle to reveal a full notebook keyboard, and it slides down into place to give users a tablet experience with an 11.6-inch, ten-point multi-touch screen. The unit weighs just 2.84 pounds and includes a pressure-sensitive digital pen (with interchangeable tips) for handy note-taking input. There are few details... Read more...
Given all the frenzy around ultrabooks, Microsoft's Surface, and the low power potential of future chips like Haswell, you might think that desktop replacement-class laptops had fallen out of favor with modern laptop manufacturers. iBuyPower's CZ-17 "Valkyrie" is proof that they haven't -- and while its size and weight won't appeal to road warriors or anyone who needs a svelte portable, it packs a number of significant features into its chassis, at a price that won't break the bank... iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Notebook Review... Read more...
Given all the frenzy around ultrabooks, Microsoft's Surface, and the low power potential of future chips like Haswell, you might think that desktop replacement-class laptops had fallen out of favor with modern laptop manufacturers. iBuyPower's CZ-17 "Valkyrie" is proof that they haven't -- and while its size and weight won't appeal to road warriors or anyone who needs a svelte portable, it packs a number of significant features into its chassis, at a price that won't break the bank. It also makes a few compromises along the way; we'll show you where they are.   iBuyPower's CZ-17 Valkyrie Specifications & Features  Processor Options Dimensions Weight Display System Memory Graphics... Read more...
Acer announced the new Aspire M5 Ultrabooks and Aspire V5 series notebooks. Both of these new lines feature Windows 8. The Aspire M5 Ultrabooks will be offered exclusively in Best Buy stores while the Aspire V5 series notebooks will be available at several retailers. The Aspire M5 Ultrabooks are designed to provide a combination of portability and performance. Included in this line is the 14-inch Aspire M5-481PT which features a 10 point multi-touch display. With this display, you can take advantage of Windows 8 touch features such as zoom, swipe, pinch, and rotate functions. The Aspire M5 Ultrabooks measure less than one inch thick and provides up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge.... Read more...
For as firmly as Intel appears to believe in its ultrabook form factor, the same apparently can’t be said for the buying public. Although ultrabooks do offer plenty of tantalizing features for consumers looking for power, performance, and portability in the same package, the things just cost too much right now. At least that’s the purview of market research firm IHS iSuppli, which has slashed sales expectations for ultrabooks this year from 22 million units down to 10.3 million. In 2013, the prospects look better--the firm believes that the number of ultrabook sold will more than quadruple to 44 million--but that’s still far short of previous expectations, which had that number... Read more...
For all the performance being packed into today’s super-slim ultrabooks, gaming and multimedia are often the weakest links. Most ultrabooks have Intel integrated graphics that aren’t designed to take on graphics-intensive games. Storage space, graphics processing, and display quality can be key areas in many ultrabooks that leave heavy multimedia users wanting a little more. With the Zenbook Prime UX32VD, Asus is looking to deliver a bit more graphics punch. The Zenbook Prime UX32VD is very slim: it is 0.22 inches thick at the back and tapers to only 0.7 inches thick at the front. But no one will mistake it for a MacBook, even with its mostly aluminum shell. The Asus Zenbook Prime... Read more...
For all the performance being packed into today’s super-slim ultrabooks, gaming and multimedia are often the weakest links. Most ultrabooks have Intel integrated graphics that aren’t designed to take on graphics-intensive games. Storage space, graphics processing, and display quality can be key areas in many ultrabooks that leave heavy multimedia users wanting a little more. With the Zenbook Prime UX32VD, Asus is looking to deliver a bit more graphics punch. Of course, you’ll have to pay for that. At about $1,300, the UX32VD’s price tag puts it at the higher end of the ultrabook price range. We’re seeing many ultrabooks at sub $1,000 and even sub-$800 price... Read more...
Dell is rolling out its Windows 8 devices for business, and flagship of the launch is an ultrabook targeted at enterprise deployments. Also announced are a tablet and an all-in-one desktop. But typical desktops? They’re not making news today. The Latitude 6430u has a 14-inch display and is significantly lighter and slimmer than its notebook predecessor, according to Dell. And, the device is designed for the U.S. Military’s AMIL-STD-810G harsh conditions test. Dell is also touting all-day use on a single battery charge for the ultrabook. Like the tablet, the Latitude 6430u has Dell’s data protection and encryption software. As for the tablet, the Latitude 10 boasts... Read more...
Last week saw a boatload of Windows 8 product announcements at IFA in Berlin, which is great if you're looking forward to Microsoft's touch-friendly OS next month. But if you're an open source fan wondering where all the love for Linux is at, well, you just have to know where to look. A good place to start is ZaReason, which is now selling a Linux-based Ultrabook, perhaps a first of its kind. ZaReason's UltraLap 430 is a 14.1-inch laptop that measures 13.5 inches by 9.25 inches by .75 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds. That's Ultrabook territory, and so are most of the customizable hardware specs, which consist of an Intel Core i3 3217U processor, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, 32GB mSATA solid state drive,... Read more...
When it rains, it pours, and these days it’s pouring aluminum. The big names are using consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin to unveil the devices that will usher in Windows 8. Count HP among them with three sleek entries, including an ultrabook with a detachable screen. All three new devices have multitouch displays, emphasizing the importance of touch capabilities for notebooks running Windows 8. HP ENVY x2 Of the pack, the model that’s going to get the most attention is probably the HP ENVY x2, which HP is referring to as a hybrid PC. That’s the model with the detachable keyboard: use it as a notebook when you need to fire off an email, then detach the screen... Read more...
The field of ultrabooks is getting bigger by the day and it’s not enough anymore to just put a system on the market with refreshed specs. System builders are looking for ways to differentiate their ultrabooks, and to that end, CyberPower is touting the customization options. Customers can pick from multiple options for several components when “building” the laptop at CyberPower’s website. The Zeus-M starts off with an Intel Core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge dual-core CPU and HM77 chipset. A 60GB SSD handles data storage and 8GB of memory round out the system. The laptop has a 14.1-inch display and comes in at under an inch thick. CyberPower says the laptop weighs less... Read more...
Asus is making some major announcements today as IFA Berlin approaches. Among the new products being revealed is the Asus Zenbook U500VZ, which is a particularly slim ultra-portable, and the Zenbook Prime UX21A, which has a multi-touch display. New MX Series IPS Panels are also making news this morning. The Asus Zenbook U500VZ ultrabook. The Zenbook U500VZ looks to have some powerful guts, including an Intel Core i7 quad-core cpu and Nvidia GT650M graphics. Your hard drive options will include a smoking dual SSD configuration (up to 512GB total storage) or combination 128GB SSD and 500GB HDD setup. All this is packed into a system no thicker than 19.7mm. The U500VZ’s HD display is pretty... Read more...
Ultrabooks may be selling like hotcakes but one area that has obviously been a challenge for notebook manufacturers is price point. Intel's $1,000 goal (not to mention their recent Ivy Bridge ULT-based $799 target) has been hard to hit, given all the pricey tech that goes into making these slim systems sing. Most have come in at well over the $1K mark – until recently. That brings us to the Lenovo IdeaPad U310, which has a price tag that, depending on the configuration, slides the machine into mainstream notebook territory. Today, we're taking a look at Lenovo's IdeaPad U310 Core i5-3317U model, which weighs in nicely at  Intel's current even more aggressive utltrabook price target... Read more...
The recent rise and fall of the netbook as a computer category made one thing clear: consumers are willing to sacrifice some screen size and power in the name of portability, but not as much as a netbook requires. On the other hand, many shoppers are willing to pay a premium for a thinner, lighter notebook, and that's where the ultrabook comes in. As the Windows-based competitor to Apple's popular MacBook Air, the ultrabook category has been reasonably well-received. Intel created the term "ultrabook" last year and stirred up plenty of buzz about it at CES this January, promising systems that would be powerful (compared to netbooks) and svelte (compared to notebooks). You'll turn heads if you... Read more...
Ultrabooks continue to be the hot trend in the Windows notebook arena. With the recent introduction of Intel's new, low power 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core series processors, designs are becoming thinner with every iteration, while paradoxically it seems, performance continues to scale higher.  We've seen Ultrabook machines from virtually all the majors here at HotHardware and many of them are targeted at consumers on the go where thin is in, and not so much the business user, where practical usability, durability and performance are critical.   Lenovo however, is stepping outside the box with their latest addition to their ThinkPad lineup for road warriors and cubical commandos alike.... Read more...
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