ultraportable

MacBook Air 11.6″ Review

MacBook Air 11.6″ Review

Steve Jobs' views on budget ultraportable are pretty clear. "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk,” he told investors back in 2008, and so the new 2010 MacBook Air is neither of those things. Instead, it's a $999+ slice of instant-on notebook and, if you believe the hyperbole, pulls together the best of Apple's MacBook range and their best-selling iPad. It doesn't hurt that it's almost indecently fabulous looking, too. Check out the SlashGear review of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air 2010 after the cut.

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Toshiba AC100 Review

Toshiba AC100 Review

Companion devices come in all shapes and sizes, from big-screen smartphones through tablets to netbooks and ultraportables, but Toshiba is hoping that by borrowing a little of each they'll find a gap in the market. The Toshiba AC100 looks like a netbook but runs Android, an OS we're more familiar with on smartphones or, more recently, tablets. The company reckons a traditional keyboard and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor should make the AC100 the best multimedia, browsing and communication ultraportable around, but is Android being asked to do more than it's currently capable of? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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MacBook Air 2010 hands-on

MacBook Air 2010 hands-on

Apple's "one more thing" today was the company's new MacBook Air 2010 models, 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch slices of unibody aluminum promising up to 5hrs and 7hrs respectively of wireless browsing time.  We've just gone hands-on with the pair, and they're slick, beautiful machines that will likely persuade many Apple Store shoppers just from a quick play in-store.

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13.3″ MacBook Air official: 7hr super-slim ultraportable

13.3″ MacBook Air official: 7hr super-slim ultraportable

"What would happen if a MacBook met an iPad?" Steve Jobs asked, with the instant-on, solid-state storage, amazing battery and standby time and thin & light build from the tablet crossing over to an ultraportable. The result is the new MacBook Air, "one of the most amazing things we've ever created" according to Jobs: an ultraportable measuring 0.68-inches at its thickest and 0.11-inches at its thinnest. Like the existing Air it has a 13.3-inch LED backlit display, this time running at 1440 x 900.

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ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review

ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review

The line between a netbook and a notebook used to be pretty straightforward, but with Intel's increasingly powerful Atom processors and NVIDIA's ambitious Ion-powered Optimus graphics, the distinction is more blurred. Typifying this new breed of netbook is ASUS' Eee PC 1215N, a 12.1-inch Seashell-series machine that could well be considered a true ultraportable despite its roughly $500 price tag. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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MacBook Air dual refresh confirmed? 13.3″ & 11.6″ with super-fast boot tipped

MacBook Air dual refresh confirmed? 13.3″ & 11.6″ with super-fast boot tipped

More anonymous sources have come forward with MacBook Air refresh information, corroborating leaks over the weekend about what Apple are tipped to be announcing at their "Back to the Mac" event this coming Wednesday.  According to Cult of Mac's "well-placed source", Apple is indeed readying two versions of the new MacBook Air, a direct 13.3-inch replacement to the current model and a smaller, 11.6-inch "netbook" version.

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New MacBook Air prototype leaks amid SSD Card and screen size speculation

New MacBook Air prototype leaks amid SSD Card and screen size speculation

Apple's "Back to the Mac" event next week is expected to see a new MacBook Air take center stage, but the latest batch of leaks can't seem to decide on what exact form the next-gen ultraportable might take.  Engadget's anonymous tipster sent them a shot of what's said to be the guts of the new machine, with extra battery room, a 13.3-inch display (with unibody MacBook-style hinge) and no space for a regular hard-drive or SSD.  The last part chimes with AppleInsider's sources, who reckon Apple is using an "SSD Card" which packs solid-state storage into something more akin to a stick of RAM.  However, they also claim that it's "certain" that Apple has switched to a smaller display size, just 11.6-inches, and that such machines have been running off production lines for a week already.

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