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Samsung OEM SSDs used in MacBook Air get faster

Samsung OEM SSDs used in MacBook Air get faster

When it comes to the SSDs that Apple crams inside the MacBook Air notebooks the SSDs come from one of two sources - Samsung or Toshiba. Apparently, both brands of SSDs are used inside the machines depending on what is on hand. The thing that consumers take note of when shopping is that the Samsung model SSDs are considerably faster than the Toshiba brand.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook hands-on

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook hands-on

Ultrabooks are sweeping the board at CES 2012, and Dell isn't prepared to be left out: the company has revealed the Dell XPS 13, a new 18mm ultraportable that fits a 13.3-inch display into a 12-inch form-factor. Running either Core i5 2467M or i7 2637M dual-core processors, paired with 4GB of memory and either 128GB or 256GB SSDs, the XPS 13 measures just 12.4 x 8.1 x 0.24-0.71 inches and 2.99 pounds despite offering up to 8hrs battery life. We caught up with Dell last week to find out why they reckon the XPS 13 is the best ultrabook around.

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Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook: 15mm thick plus Thunderbolt

Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook: 15mm thick plus Thunderbolt

Acer has revealed the Aspire S5, apparently the world's thinnest ultrabook at just 15mm at its thickest point, and offering a high-speed 20Gbps Thunderbolt port. The 13.3-inch ultraportable resumes from standby in 1.5s, Acer reckons, and there's Acer Always Connect to collect social network and email messages while the Aspire S5 is in standby mode; alternatively, you can remotely wake the notebook from your smartphone.

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OCZ Deneva 2 mSATA SSDs now Intel approved for ultrabooks

OCZ Deneva 2 mSATA SSDs now Intel approved for ultrabooks

OCZ has announced that its Deneva 2 mSATA SSDs, the 30GB and 60GB models, are now certified by Intel as passing the "White Using" portion of the Smart Response Technology performance benchmark test for ultrabooks. These high performance drives feature faster boot-up and data transfer speeds on a small footprint that's well suited for the myriad of ultrabooks we can be sure to expect this year.

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Apple’s Anobit flash specialist deal final

Apple’s Anobit flash specialist deal final

Apple's acquisition of flash memory specialist Anobit has apparently been finalized, reports from Israel suggest, with the NAND controller company's tech used to boost capacity, performance and reliability of storage in future smartphones, tablets and notebooks. Initially rumored earlier this month, the Anobit buy has now gone through for roughly $400-500m Calcalist reports. Apple could also use the buy to set up an Israel-based R&D center, it's suggested.

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