Ultrabook

ASUS Zenbook Primes will offer 1080p IPS and Ivy Bridge

ASUS Zenbook Primes will offer 1080p IPS and Ivy Bridge

It was only last month that details leaked out of ASUS’ new Zenbooks, sporting Ivy Bridge processors as well as 1080p IPS screen options. The cat is seemingly out of the bag, as Engadget Chinese has managed to hunt down the new models. ASUS’ name for the new models is the Zenbook Prime (sound familiar?), and will include the 11.6.-inch UX21A and 13.3-inch UX31A.

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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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Intel: 75 new Ultrabooks in 2012 plus 10 Atom tablets

Intel: 75 new Ultrabooks in 2012 plus 10 Atom tablets

Over 75 new ultrabooks are expected in 2012 along, Intel has confirmed, along with ten OEMs designing tablets based on the latest Atom processors, as the company pushes ahead with its MacBook Air and iPad rivalry. Key to Intel's IDF Beijing 2012 conference is power consumption - or, more accurately, how it's dropping - with chips for phones, tablets and notebooks all expected to slash their energy additions and boost both runtime and standby. Meanwhile, there are significant graphics improvements also on the cards.

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Toshiba’s Giant Tablet is a Giant Mistake

Toshiba’s Giant Tablet is a Giant Mistake

Toshiba needs to take its poorly thought-through Excite 13 slate and go home; it's a tablet travesty. Announced earlier today, the 13.3-inch model is the largest Android tablet from a mainstream OEM to-date, pairing NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich for what Toshiba claims is an untapped slice of the finger-friendly market. The company has done its research, too, though whether its conclusions make sense is worth a second look.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga gets early UK pricing

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga gets early UK pricing

Ultrabooks aren’t setting the world on fire like Intel and OEMs hoped, but Lenovo came out with an interesting concept at CES. They showed off the IdeaPad Yoga, a convertible laptop with a svelte frame that kept the full size keyboard. It was running a developer preview of Windows 8, and could be used a regular laptop, or flipped back where it would then switch to tablet mode. Lenovo today announced early pricing details for the IdeaPad Yoga in the UK.

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Intel ships small 313 Series SSDs for Ultrabooks

Intel ships small 313 Series SSDs for Ultrabooks

Intel has begun shipping its new 313 series of small-capacity SSDs that are Ultrabook-ready. They work alongside traditional hard disk drives to speed up boot times and load applications faster. Since SSDs are still quite expensive and offer less storage capacity, using smaller cache SDDs in combination with traditional HDDs is a cost effective method to get both speed and capacity into laptops.

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Novatech offers cheap nFinity Ultrabooks

Novatech offers cheap nFinity Ultrabooks

While several companies have tried to court US customers with Ultrabooks, none have really managed to hit an attractive price point for the features on offer. Those in the UK looking for a powerful but affordable Ultrabook might be best served by Novatech. The company has teased its new line of nFinity Ultrabooks online, as well as giving pricing and availbility.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook versus HP Folio 13

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook versus HP Folio 13

Yankees and Red Sox. Edison and Tesla. Dell and HP. Both American PC titans have release shiny new ultrabooks this year, hoping to find a small place in your carry-on bag. The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook is a few weeks newer, but not so much newer that the HP Folio 13 is out of the running: both are slim, stylish notebooks with 13-inch screens, Intel Core processors, SSD drives and the latest version of Windows. So which between the two of them should get your hard-earned dollar? Let's break it down.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600M GPUs bring Kepler to ultrabooks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600M GPUs bring Kepler to ultrabooks

It's not just desktops that get NVIDIA's new Kepler 28nm GPU in the shape of the GeForce GTX 680; notebooks can also get a shot of that extra graphics grunt, courtesy of the new GT 600M family. NVIDIA's new range of laptop GPUs will debut in the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3, with a seven-strong range of chips promising anything from 48 to 384 CUDA cores, up to 64 GB/sec memory bandwidth, and double the gaming frame-rates of last year's GT 520M-based notebooks.

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