Items tagged with ultraportable

Well, the ultraportable market just got a lot more exciting. And a lot more varied. The IdeaPad U260 was just introduced by Lenovo, and it's said to be the world's first 12.5" ultraportable notebook. Basically, this provides a 16:9 widescreen aspect ration on a 12" (or so) display, making it more suitable for watching widescreen movies on planes and such. It's also a rather luxurious machine, with a magnesium-aluminum alloy real metal cover, leather-patterned palm rest and glass touchpad. This isn't designed for bargain shoppers. Instead, it's designed for those who place a high value on style, and like Apple's unibody design approach, Lenovo has used an insert-molding injection technology for... Read more...
Some analysts have suggested that the popularity of tablets will eat away at the ultraportable sector. That may end up being true in the long-term, but as of today, there is yet another ultraportable to choose from. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is a new 11" laptop, and it's the smallest and lightest member of the Edge family. It still shares the same general ThinkPad look, but in a much smaller frame. The machine weighs less than 3lbs., has an HDMI port, includes a webcam and ships in three color choices: Midnight Black Glossy, Midnight Black Smooth and Heatwave Red Glossy. It also offers the choice of Intel or AMD CPUs, and integrated 3G/4G means that you can stay connected wherever there is... Read more...
Generally, when you talk about rugged notebooks, you imagine a thick, clunky machine that looks like it has body armor strapped on it. In other words, "portable" and "rugged" rarely go together, as even rugged notebooks are real beasts to tote around. But Handheld Group, a Swedish based supplier of rugged computers, might have a winner with the Algiz XRW. This is one of the first rugged portables that we have seen to boast a frame that isn't truly huge, and it's actually stylish on some levels, all which providing an intense level of protection from the elements. It's a full rugged ultraportable with a 10.1" widescreen (sunlight-readable LCD), a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU, 64GB SSD, 2GB of DDR2 memory... Read more...
It's the size of a netbook, but it packs a mightier punch than we're used to seeing. It's Dell's newest ultraportable, the Inspiron M101z. Dell calls this new machine an "ultrathin laptop with long battery life," and if you've been looking for netbook portability with more power than usual, this looks to fit the bill. It weighs less than 4lbs. and is far more stylish than most low-end netbooks, and it's definitely more powerful. Dell is aiming this new machine at a variety of segments: students, moms, travelers, you name it. Nearly anyone could benefit from having a powerful AMD Athlon II Neo CPU, integrated ATI Radeon GPU and a battery capable of lasting for 5-6 hours, right? The machine has... Read more...
Wow. Just wow. There's hardly any other way to express just how wild this new one from Toshiba really is. We've heard whispers and seen concepts of "dual screen" laptops before, ones that swap out a typical keyboard for a virtual one thanks to a panel below, but Toshiba has actually done it. The company's new libretto W100 is the first dual screen laptop we've known to even come close to production, and while Asus has shown a mockup before in the past, this one is so close to shipping we can taste it. As a part of the company's celebration of their 25th year in the notebook business, Toshiba has introduced a next generation ultra-mobile concept which the company is touting as a "limited edition"... Read more...
Whenever we hear "world's first," we generally have a bit of skepticism. But when it comes to the 25th Anniversary Edition Portégé R700, we tend to believe exactly what Toshiba is touting. The company has revealed a handful of new notebooks today, one of which is the super small, super light 13.3" R700. The new laptop uses a special airflow cooling technology and honeycomb rib structure to keep things cool and rigid, and unless netbooks that are just barely smaller, this unit has its own internal optical drive. The unit has a starting weight of around two pounds and it's around 1 inch thick, so if you aren't careful, your backpack could swallow it whole without you ever noticing.... Read more...
This refresh wasn't rumored to happen nearly as much as the launch of the iPad or the inclusion of Intel's Core 2010 CPU line in Apple's MacBook Pro family, but the oft neglected 13" MacBook has seen its first real update since 2009 this morning. It's still white, and it's still largely plastic, so there's not much of a difference when you look from the outside. But internally there's enough of a change to warrant a second look. One of the biggest changes is the battery. The previous model had a 7-hour battery; this one can last up to 10 hours before it needs charged again. Then there's the GPU. Unlike prior models, the new MacBook is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce 320M. That's not the most... Read more...
AMD's latest CPU launches have just about everyone in the CPU world excited, even those that aren't generally fans of AMD. These new chips provide serious competition in a world owned by Intel, and that's exactly what we need if we want prices to sink and innovation to thrive. Dell has been known to include AMD options in their computers before, but lately, they've been hard to find. Now, a new ultraportable from the company is bringing the duo back in action, with the Inspiron M301z offering users the choice of an AMD "Nile" Dual-Core Athlon II Neo K325 (1.3GHz) or a Turion II Neo K625 (1.5GHz). The 13.3" widescreen machine ships with an HD display panel (1366x768), an AMD RS880M chipset with... Read more...
We hope you're ready to dig through the details, because if you're in the market for a new Lenovo, the company has no fewer than ten new models to choose from starting today. Just about the entire consumer lineup is being refreshed, including a revamped version of the Z-Series, U-Series, IdeaCentre all-in-one and the H-Series of low-cost all-in-one PCs. The Z-Series kicks things off, with these bargian-priced multi-media notebooks (Z360, Z560 and Z565) bringing a nice balance of power, size and value. The machines come with a 13.3" or 15.6" display, an optional Blu-ray drive, Intel's new Core 2010 processors, and NVIDIA's GeForce graphics. The Z565 in particular will be offered with AMD equipment... Read more...
Sony's VAIO P first surfaced at the front end of 2009, but the machine never really took off. Sony knew it was a niche product for a niche market, with an unusual form factor, and extraordinarily high resolution display, and not too much power under the hood. A full year went by, and a lot of other laptops have emerged. In the meanwhile, Sony has apparently seen fit to re-make the VAIO P in a fresher economic market, though not much looks to have changed. Weighing 1.4lbs and shipping in five new wild colors (electric orange, neon green, hot pink, icy white and classic black), the new and improved VAIO P has new one-touch buttons, yet it still has an LCD with a crazy high resolution. Try 1600x768,... Read more...
Lenovo's IdeaPad line is somewhat unpredictable. In our estimation, it's the company's "fun" line of products; in other words, it's the range of notebooks that they can tinker with, while the ThinkPad caters to business-class users. The IdeaPad S10 line of netbooks has been going for a few years now, obviously with a good deal of success. But as netbooks become more and more popular, the risk of creating another "also-ran" increases. Lenovo is hoping to set its newest netbook apart from the crowd by doing a couple of things: dressing it up, and providing a multi-touch, swivel screen that few others will include. The S10-3t ("t" is for touch) is the latest iteration of the S10 netbook,... Read more...
Lenovo's IdeaPad line is somewhat unpredictable. In our estimation, it's the company's "fun" line of products; in other words, it's the range of notebooks that they can tinker with, while the ThinkPad caters to business-class users. The IdeaPad S10 line of netbooks has been going for a few years now, obviously with a good deal of success. But as netbooks become more and more popular, the risk of creating another "also-ran" increases. Lenovo is hoping to set its newest netbook apart from the crowd by doing a couple of things: dressing it up, and providing a multi-touch, swivel screen that few others will include. The S10-3t ("t" is for touch) is the latest iteration of the S10 netbook,... Read more...
Lenovo made more noise at the Consumer Electronics Show in January than any other notebook maker, and while we have since been able to test out a few of the company's newest machines, the curious X100e had thus far eluded us. We just reviewed our sample of the smallest ThinkPad ever (that actually looks like a ThinkPad), and with Lenovo claiming that this is the company's "first professional-grade ultraportable laptop starting below $500," we knew the stakes were high. ThinkPad loyalists may be some of the most picky in all of the notebook world, and many don't take kindly to tweaks and overhauls of their favorite portable PCs. Lenovo was really going out on a limb with the X100e, as the 11.6"... Read more...
Lenovo made more noise at the Consumer Electronics Show in January than any other notebook maker, and while we have since been able to test out a few of the company's newest machines, the curious X100e had thus far eluded us. We just reviewed our sample of the smallest ThinkPad ever (that actually looks like a ThinkPad), and with Lenovo claiming that this is the company's "first professional-grade ultraportable laptop starting below $500," we knew the stakes were high. ThinkPad loyalists may be some of the most picky in all of the notebook world, and many don't take kindly to tweaks and overhauls of their favorite portable PCs. Lenovo was really going out on a limb with the X100e, as the... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday that we commented on how many new CULV notebooks had hit the scene, and how Intel had seemingly hit the proverbial sweet spot. These low-voltage Core processors fit perfectly between high-end netbooks and low-end mainstream laptops, offering enough power for most users in a package that would run for hours on end without a recharge. The price point was also good, with many CULV options listing for around $700 to $900. And then, the Core 2010 lineup of processors were launched, and Intel seemingly ate its own in a ploy to get even faster chips on the market. Today, we're taking a look at one of those very chips, a Core i3-350M that fits into the Arrandale platform.... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday that we commented on how many new CULV notebooks had hit the scene, and how Intel had seemingly hit the proverbial sweet spot. These low-voltage Core processors fit perfectly between high-end netbooks and low-end mainstream laptops, offering enough power for most users in a package that would run for hours on end without a recharge. The price point was also good, with many CULV options listing for around $700 to $900. And then, the Core 2010 lineup of processors were launched, and Intel seemingly ate its own in a ploy to get even faster chips on the market. Today, we're taking a look at one of those very chips, a Core i3-350M that fits into... Read more...
Lenovo had one of the largest showings from any single PC manufacturer at CES this year, and while sifting through the company's new lineup of machines can be a daunting task for the average consumer, it was pretty clear from the outset that the ThinkPad Edge would be one of Lenovo's standout products of 2010. In many ways, it's a departure from the ThinkPad norm. It's the first ThinkPad to be available in more than just black (it will also ship in red), and there are a copious amount of customization options. Processors from both AMD and Intel are available, and it ships in 13", 14" and 15" form factors. It's not usual that a single machine type is available in ultraportable, mid-size and full-size... Read more...
Lenovo had one of the largest showings from any single PC manufacturer at CES this year, and while sifting through the company's new lineup of machines can be a daunting task for the average consumer, it was pretty clear from the outset that the ThinkPad Edge would be one of Lenovo's standout products of 2010. In many ways, it's a departure from the ThinkPad norm. It's the first ThinkPad to be available in more than just black (it will also ship in red), and there are a copious amount of customization options. Processors from both AMD and Intel are available, and it ships in 13", 14" and 15" form factors. It's not usual that a single machine type is available in ultraportable,... Read more...
Sony is underappreciated in the notebook business. There's just no two ways about it. The company's VAIO lineup is probably the most fashion-forward PC laptop range out there, and even though they're expensive, there's hardly a better choice when style is atop your priority list. The VAIO Z is a new machine with remarkable innards. Designed to shatter performance records and blow anyone away that looks at it, the Z series features a Core i7-620M processor, a quad-SSD setup (yes, four SSDs), NVIDIA's GeForce GT 330M GPU (with Dynamic Hybrid Graphics system), a carbon fiber design and one of the highest resolution 13.3-inch displays that we've ever seen. There's an option for a 1920x1080 panel... Read more...
Let's face it: for as cool as the Adamo XPS is, it's hardly a reasonably priced machine. Even if you've got the cash, you know you're paying a huge premium for the seductive form factor. Just weeks after that 9.99mm thick machine launched, Dell has now introduced what could easily be mistaken as the Adamo XPS' weaker sibling: the Vostro V13.What's wild is just how similar this new Vostro looks compared to the Adamo XPS. What's even wilder is that the Vostro line has generally held boring, all-business notebooks that most consumers simply overlooked in favor of the more fashionable Adamo and Studio lines. Dell does assert that this machine is geared towards business travelers, but we can't imagine... Read more...
The first thing that came to mind when we tore the Asus UL80Vt from its box was this: "Hmm, this seems familiar." Turns out, the UL80Vt isn't all that different on the surface than the 13.3" UL30A that we reviewed back in September, but just because Asus' latest is another model in the expanded UL range doesn't mean that this machine is just another me-too option. In fact, we'd argue quite the opposite. While many computer manufacturers are trying to force consumers into certain segments (netbooks, gaming notebooks, ultraportables, etc.), Asus is opting to broaden the spectrum and provide more "middle ground" choices. The UL80Vt is a perfect middle ground machine; it splits the difference between... Read more...
The first thing that came to mind when we tore the Asus UL80Vt from its box was this: "Hmm, this seems familiar." Turns out, the UL80Vt isn't all that different on the surface than the 13.3" UL30A that we reviewed back in September, but just because Asus' latest is another model in the expanded UL range doesn't mean that this machine is just another me-too option. In fact, we'd argue quite the opposite. While many computer manufacturers are trying to force consumers into certain segments (netbooks, gaming notebooks, ultraportables, etc.), Asus is opting to broaden the spectrum and provide more "middle ground" choices. The UL80Vt is a perfect middle ground machine; it splits the difference... Read more...
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