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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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Samsung Series 9 2nd-gen: 0.5-inch thick ultrabook

Samsung Series 9 2nd-gen: 0.5-inch thick ultrabook

Samsung has launched its 2nd-gen Series 9 ultraportable notebook, shaving the 15-incher's thickness down to just 0.58-inches and the weight down to 3.5lbs. Powered by a Core i3/i5 processor, up to 8GB of memory and a 128/256GB SSD, both 13- and 15-inch models are on offer with boot times of just 9.8s and 1.4s wake-from-sleep.

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Vizio PC range official

Vizio PC range official

Vizio has unveiled its new PC line-up at CES 2012 this morning, set to hit shelves in the spring, but the company is still coy about pricing and full specifications. Instead, there's plenty about Vizio's  Internet Apps (V.I.A.) Ecosystem, spreading multimedia across the company's TVs and now PCs, along with the promise of a clean-running system thanks to some help from Microsoft.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks revealed

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks revealed

Lenovo has followed Wednesday's ThinkPad launch with a pair of new ultrabooks targeted at consumers at CES today, the IdeaPad U310 and U410. With 13.3-inch and 14-inch displays respectively, the two new IdeaPads have up to 64GB of SSD storage and/or up to 500GB of HDD storage, promising both speedy resume and boot times together with capacious multimedia space.

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Vizio readies laptops and all-in-ones for low-price PC push

Vizio readies laptops and all-in-ones for low-price PC push

Budget TV company Vizio will extend its reach into computing, beginning with a range of new models to be showcased at CES 2012 next week. CTO Matt McRae confirmed the segue and a June launch window - along with "a price that just doesn't seem possible" - to Bloomberg in an interview about the company's PC plans, following up with a gallery of eye-catching desktop and laptop renders to whet our appetite ahead of the show next week. More details after the cut.

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Samsung Series 5 ultrabook hits US pre-order

Samsung Series 5 ultrabook hits US pre-order

Samsung's Series 5 ultrabook has gone up for preorder in the US, though the company is still yet to confirm launch plans for the ultraportable laptop outside of Korea. Announced and thrown up for sale in Korea last month, the 13.3-inch Series 5 has been listed by US retailer J&R for $899.99, which will net you a 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1366 x 768 anti-reflective display, all wrapped up in a 3.24lb package.

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Dell axes netbooks to focus on ultrabooks instead

Dell axes netbooks to focus on ultrabooks instead

Dell has ditched consumer netbooks and confirmed it has no plans to launch new budget ultraportables based on Intel's upcoming Cedar Trail platform, shifting attention instead to ultrabooks. All of the company's existing 10-inch netbooks have been removed from sale, Llliputing spotted, with would-be shoppers pointed to the Inspiron 14R instead.

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Samsung Series 5 ultrabooks debut

Samsung Series 5 ultrabooks debut

Samsung has revealed its latest ultrabook, the Samsung Series 5, a choice of 13- or 14-inch ultraportables packing 7s resume in a chassis as thin as 14.9mm. The new Series 5 notebooks pack a choice of up to 1TB of traditional storage (in the 14-incher; up to 500GB in the 13-incher) or a 128GB SSD, along with up to 8GB of RAM and even the option of an optical drive.

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HP Folio 13 Ultrabook on sale now

HP Folio 13 Ultrabook on sale now

The new ENVY range isn't the only thing HP has new in notebook sales today; the HP Folio 13 ultrabook is also ready for primetime, offering 13.3-inches of Core i3 or i5 ultraportable. Announced last month, the Folio 13 has 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, along with a 1366 x 768 display, in a 3.3-pound 0.7-inch tall chassis.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review

This week we've got the newest offering in the ultraportable PC space with the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 sitting on the review block, and with its simplistic appearance, Core i5 processor inside, and classic "breathable" Lenovo keyboard, we've got what would appear at first to be an all-round lovely little number. This laptop has a 14-inch HD display, up to 4 hours of battery life off the cord, and it runs Windows 7 Home Premium out of the box. Is this the relatively tiny yet super powerful Windows machine you've been looking for all your life?

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LG Xnote Z330 ultrabook revealed

LG Xnote Z330 ultrabook revealed

LG has revealed its own attempt at the ultrabook segment, the LG Xnote Z330, with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors and more than a hint of Apple's MacBook Air to the styling. Built around a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display - that, thanks to LG's 8mm-thin bezel Shuriken tech, fits into  the space a 12-inch panel would usually demand - the Z330 is 14.7mm thick and 1.21kg, and can run for over 6hrs on a single charge.

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