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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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Dell offers improved BIOS and trackpad driver for XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell offers improved BIOS and trackpad driver for XPS 13 Ultrabook

We had a good long look at Dell's shiny new XPS 13 earlier this month, and came away impressed with the build quality and screen. But two points of contention in our official review were the rather noisy system fan (a rare thing on an ultrabook) and the fidgety touchpad, an all too common occurrence on the trendy new all-in-one designs. Dell followed up with us today to say that they've updates both the system BIOS and the Cypress drivers for the trackpad, neatly addressing both issues. XPS 13 owners can get the BIOS here, and the trackpad drivers here.

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Intel shows off Ultrabook Temptations video

Intel shows off Ultrabook Temptations video

Intel kicked off what it calls the Ultrabook Temptations experiment with six different experiments in three different countries to see what people will do to get a new ultrabook. The experiments involved placing an ultrabook on a rotating stand inside an enclosure protected by safety glass. The front of the enclosure has a safety glass hammer and words that say something to the effect of "break glass for ultrabook."

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Review

HP Envy 14 Spectre Review

The HP ENVY 14 Spectre was easily one of the most promising ultrabooks we saw at CES 2012, and a few months of waiting hasn't dampened our enthusiasm. The premium notebook combines high-end features and unique materials into a 14-inch body that's distinct from just about everything on the market, which is something you couldn't say for many of HP's previous entries in the ENVY line. Does this unique machine rise above the pack? Let' find out.

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ASUS Zenbook UX31A and UX21A revealed with Ivy Bridge

ASUS Zenbook UX31A and UX21A revealed with Ivy Bridge

Two new Zenbooks are coming from ASUS this season, the UX31A and UX21A, both of them popping up with impossibly thin chassis, Ivy Bridge under the hood, and matte Full HD IPS displays. The team at ASUS has been bringing the heat over the past few months with computers and tablets the entire industry can be proud of, and these to magic makers are no exception to the rule. Each of these notebooks will be replacements for their previous generation models, UX31A and UX21A replacing US31 and UX21 respectively.

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