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Sony Vaio S series 13.3-inch 2012 refresh Review

Sony Vaio S series 13.3-inch 2012 refresh Review

The next generation of Vaio S-series laptops from Sony has arrived and we're taking a look the the most basic model here today - the 13.3-inch with Intel Core i5 processor inside, matte black. This ultraportable laptop comes with the standard f-series keyboard, a switch which allows you to switch between Discreet graphics and AMD, the ability to keep working as long as possible with the former option or to be ultra productive with apps such as Photoshop with the latter. We're going to take a look at if this beast is worth the $779.99 it costs for its least expensive configuration - let's see!

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Intel plays Ultrabook matchmaker to boost production

Intel plays Ultrabook matchmaker to boost production

Intel is matchmaking vendors and manufacturers in an attempt to ensure the success of its ultrabook segment, pushing brand names into the embrace of ODMs promising ultraportables as cheap as $599. Epson, Onkyo, ViewSonic, Mustek, Motion Computing, WiPro and Positivo have all placed orders with Pegatron and ECS, DigiTimes reports, after Intel put them altogether for notebook speed-dating .

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Windows 8 on ARM stable release in February tip developers

Windows 8 on ARM stable release in February tip developers

Microsoft's stable Windows 8 on ARM release will be distributed among developers in February, sources claim, while previous suggestions the platform won't arrive until mid-2013 could well be untrue. There's no obvious reason that ARM-version of Windows 8 - expected to run on iPad-rivaling tablets as well as ultraportable notebooks - should be "staggered" from the traditional x86 build, an insider told CNET, with the claim that ARM alternatives to Intel and AMD based Windows 8 machines could undercut them by "hundreds of dollars less."

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178m Ultrabook shipments predicted for 2016, but tablets still ahead

178m Ultrabook shipments predicted for 2016, but tablets still ahead

MacBook Air-rivaling ultrabooks will outpace tablets in growth over the next three years, new research suggests, though slates are expected to outsell the Intel-driven ultraportables for the foreseeable future. 178m ultrabooks are expected to be shipped per year by 2016, Juniper Research predicts, compared to 253m tablets, despite ultrabook shipments growing three times faster over the next half-decade. However, despite the rapid increase in overall demand, individual ultrabook manufacturers are still expected to struggle.

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Asus B23E 12.5-inch high-end ultraportable revealed

Asus B23E 12.5-inch high-end ultraportable revealed

When it comes to notebooks being released inside 2012, Asus isn't holding back with its Ultrabook line, but it's also got a high-end ultraportable ready to go for business users as well. This device is known as the B23E and will be available with Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processors under the hood, complete with a 12.5-inch 1366 x 768 pixel LED backlit anti-glare display. It's ultra-simple profile and black hood look the part for your everyday computing action in the office or in the home.

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RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

2011 wasn't Research In Motion's year and 2012 is shaping up to be equally dismal one, with dramatic PlayBook price cuts paving the way for an underwhelming financial quarter. It's easy to see why RIM went down the tablet route: the iPad made slates fashionable, and the Canadian company was stinging from criticism over its underwhelming touchscreen smartphones. The PlayBook was an opportunity to show that RIM could legitimately compete and perhaps even drive some ecosystem shopping in the same manner that iPhone users often pick up an iPad, and vice-versa. Yet in the process RIM managed to forget everything that gave it unique appeal in the mobile segment.

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CES 2012 Ultrabook Round-Up

CES 2012 Ultrabook Round-Up

If CES last year was dominated by tablets, CES 2012 has been the year of the ultrabook. Intel's ultraportable notebook trademark had already picked up late in 2011, but it's the Consumer Electronics Show this week where the big guns like Dell and Samsung came out to give it some real momentum. If Intel has its way, one of the following machines will be lightly weighing on your shoulder over the next few months.

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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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