Posted by: kurtsh | January 30, 2012

CES 2012: The Intel Ultrabook Revolution cometh

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The biggest & most ubiquitous sight at CES 2012 this year were everyone’s Ultrabooks.  It seemed as if every OEM – even consumer electronics companies like LG – had one.

What are Ultrabooks, anyway?
Ultrabooks are the next evolution in the traditional PC/Notebook form-factor.  Intel holds the trademark for the name “Ultrabook,” and provides Ultrabook specs:

  • Weight <3.1lbs;
  • Thickness <21mm;
  • Battery life 5-8 hours;
  • Price ~$1000

imageUpcoming Ultrabooks:
All major OEMs have announced their own Ultrabook versions (HP Envy 14 Spectre, Dell XPS 13, ASUS UX 31, Lenovo Ideapad Yoga, etc.) and even smaller OEMs are coming.

  • The Samsung Series 9 revolutionized PC design last year with the ultraslim notebook. This year they are making it lighter, with softer edges, and better touchpad integration.
  • Both the Acer Aspire S3 (available now) and the Acer S5 (coming soon) are touted to be the thinnest PCs in the world.
  • The Toshiba Z835 offers business class performance and includes an on-board TPM security device.
  • Keep an eye on the super light HP Folio 13, with up to 9.5 hours of battery life.

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