Ultrabook

Sony Ivy Bridge Vaio T ultrabook base specs revealed

Sony Ivy Bridge Vaio T ultrabook base specs revealed

Sony has started accepting pre-orders on a pair of new ultrabooks we talked about in the past, and specs on a new Ivy Bridge version have surfaced as well. Two of these machines are the Vaio T Series 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch machines. The pre-order ultrabooks are available at German retailers. Specs on base versions of the machines are available. The retailers promise two of the ultrabooks will be available to ship within two weeks. The specifications below come from the official Sony German website.

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Sony VAIO T11 and T13 ultrabooks official

Sony VAIO T11 and T13 ultrabooks official

Sony has officially revealed its first ultrabooks, the Sony VAIO T11 and T13, with a choice of 11.6- or 13.3-inch displays, slick magnesium and aluminum chassis, and optional SSD storage. Promising up to nine hours battery life from the SSD models, the new T11 and T13 VAIOs include full-sized VGA, HDMI and ethernet ports, along with memory card readers and both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

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Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

For those looking for a lightweight web-browsing, media consuming, and casual game-playing machine for 2012, the current Ultrabook lineup doesn't always add up against the iPad. Though notebooks and desktop computers have been around for quite a few more years than the iPad, the latter essentially wrote the book on a vertically integrated hardware and software experience with Apple. Netbooks died because they couldn't replace what the laptop did for them for computing power - now the Ultrabook is here with plenty of power that the average person simply does not need. Is the iPad that perfect medium for the post-PC era?

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Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha, the instant expert knowledge and computation app for tablets and smartphones, will now be heading to PCs. The company has announced a new partnership with Intel that will bring Wolfram's mobile apps, including its leading reference app, to Ultrabooks through the Intel AppUp center.

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Samsung SE-218BB is world’s thinnest optical disc drive for mobile devices

Samsung SE-218BB is world’s thinnest optical disc drive for mobile devices

Samsung has just introduced a new step forward in consumer electronics. The SE-218BB may not have the most exciting name in the world, but it is something that Samsung hopes will be able to revolutionize the market for tablets and ultrabooks. It's an optical disc drive that is 18% thinner than conventional DVD writers and 8% lighter. Oh, and it also happens to set a new world record.

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Tim Cook trashes convergence as “not pleasing to the user”

Tim Cook trashes convergence as “not pleasing to the user”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has dismissed the prospect of a laptop/tablet hybrid product, saving a little snark for touchscreen ultrabooks as pushed by Microsoft and Intel. Although there's plenty of room for convergence for its own sake, Cook argued, that doesn't necessarily mean you end up with a worthwhile product. "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator," Cook said during the Apple financial results Q&A, "but those things are not going to be pleasing to the user."

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Intel Cove Point Windows 8 ultrabook hybrid costs $1,000 to make

Intel Cove Point Windows 8 ultrabook hybrid costs $1,000 to make

Intel recently showed off a new reference design for an ultrabook/tablet hybrid during its IDF 2012 developer conference in Beijing. The prototype was shown running a Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on an early version of a future Ivy Bridge processor. However, details have emerged that it carries a daunting cost of nearly $1,000 to manufacture.

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Intel Ultrabook battery standards upgrade the industry

Intel Ultrabook battery standards upgrade the industry

This week Intel has introduced a standardized battery solution for Ultrabooks around the world, working with a solution that would make Ultrabooks not only cheaper to make, but potentially able to run much better as well. The standard size Intel is speaking about here for Ultrabooks of the future is 60mm x 80mm, aka 2.4-inches by 3.1-inches. These batteries will have cells with a diameter of 16mm, thinner than the common 18mm cells of today, and the whole solution would allow PC makers to standardize production should the industry adopt it.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 7mm drive appeals to ultrabooks

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 7mm drive appeals to ultrabooks

Western Digital has today started shipping a new version of its Scorpio Blue hard drive, designed for use in ultrabooks. The new hard drive will come in capacities up to 500GB, and measures just 7mm thick. Western Digital also say that the  new drive has lower power consumption, and that it’s the “most efficient” spinning hard drive on the market right now.

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