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ASUS Zenbook UX32VD: Ivy Bridge and discrete NVIDIA GPU

ASUS Zenbook UX32VD: Ivy Bridge and discrete NVIDIA GPU

While ASUS may be pushing ahead with Ultrabooks and the extremely appetising Zenbook Prime, it looks like it will be pushing out a couple of different models. Netbook News went hands-on with the Zenbook UX32VD at a press event in Taipei. The new model isn’t as svelte as the Zenbook Prime thanks to the inclusion of a regular HDD, but it makes up for it in other areas.

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HP Sleekbook muddies the Ultrabook waters

HP Sleekbook muddies the Ultrabook waters

Once upon a time you could have a regular laptop or you could pay a whole lot more and get an ultraportable one. Now, Intel is pushing ultrabooks, HP has just thrown down the "Sleekbook" and only Apple is really making any headway, not even bothering to class the MacBook Air as anything other than a notebook. HP is pushing the Sleekbook name - featuring for the first time on 14- and 15.6-inch ENVY models unveiled today - as, it seems, a counter-branding attempt that gives the firm more flexibility in its hardware decisions.

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HP ENVY Sleekbook and Ultrabook Hands-on

HP ENVY Sleekbook and Ultrabook Hands-on

Two new titans in the HP notebook range have been revealed with an amazing batch of features - bot the HP ENVY Sleekbook and the HP ENVY Ultrabook are here! These notebooks both come with Beats Audio, dual speakers, and a subwoofer for the highest quality sound. Both configurations also come with a soft-touch, slip resistant base that comes in either black or red and can be as thin as an amazing 19.8mm and less than 4 pounds light.

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Ultrabook-MacBook Air clone hybrids spotted in China

Ultrabook-MacBook Air clone hybrids spotted in China

Ultrabooks are finally starting to take hold in the PC market, while the original MacBook Air remains as popular as ever. What's an unscrupulous Shenzhen manufacturer to do? Make the best of both worlds, obviously. The knock-off havens in China have recently started spouting models that look uncannily like modern ultrabooks, even down to Intel Core i3 processors - but the distributors still couldn't resist grabbing a community-made Windows skin and making the software look like OS X.

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Dell targeting developers with XPS 13 and custom Ubuntu

Dell targeting developers with XPS 13 and custom Ubuntu

While consumers may want laptops that are thin, light, and powerful, developers need a stable platform to develop from. What about all these new fangled Ultrabooks? Do they make good testbeds? Dell is hoping to sway developers by creating the Sputnik project, a custom Ubuntu build designed for developers that will run smoothly on the XPS 13 Ultrabook. Dell is hoping to offer the stripped down build with standard developer tools, plus custom downloadable profiles.

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$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

Apple will release a budget MacBook Air in Q3 2012, supply chain insiders claim, pricing the entry-level ultraportable at just $799 and presenting a compelling alternative to Intel's ultrabook drive. Exact specifications for the new budget model haven't been suggested by DigiTimes' sources, though the Cupertino company's target is clear: second-gen ultrabooks running Ivy Bridge processors from names like ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Sony.

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Sony Ivy Bridge Vaio T ultrabook base specs revealed

Sony Ivy Bridge Vaio T ultrabook base specs revealed

Sony has started accepting pre-orders on a pair of new ultrabooks we talked about in the past, and specs on a new Ivy Bridge version have surfaced as well. Two of these machines are the Vaio T Series 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch machines. The pre-order ultrabooks are available at German retailers. Specs on base versions of the machines are available. The retailers promise two of the ultrabooks will be available to ship within two weeks. The specifications below come from the official Sony German website.

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Samsung Series 9 seeing Ivy Bridge update soon

Samsung Series 9 seeing Ivy Bridge update soon

The current crop of Ultrabooks certainly aren’t bad value for money, but they haven’t quite made the splash that Intel and partners were hoping for. Maybe that will change with the upcoming release of the mobile Ivy Bridge chipsets. Samsung has updated the listing for its Series 9 Ultrabook to show that an Ivy Bridge version is coming. They did leave out the crucial detail of when, though.

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Sony VAIO T11 and T13 ultrabooks official

Sony VAIO T11 and T13 ultrabooks official

Sony has officially revealed its first ultrabooks, the Sony VAIO T11 and T13, with a choice of 11.6- or 13.3-inch displays, slick magnesium and aluminum chassis, and optional SSD storage. Promising up to nine hours battery life from the SSD models, the new T11 and T13 VAIOs include full-sized VGA, HDMI and ethernet ports, along with memory card readers and both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

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Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

For those looking for a lightweight web-browsing, media consuming, and casual game-playing machine for 2012, the current Ultrabook lineup doesn't always add up against the iPad. Though notebooks and desktop computers have been around for quite a few more years than the iPad, the latter essentially wrote the book on a vertically integrated hardware and software experience with Apple. Netbooks died because they couldn't replace what the laptop did for them for computing power - now the Ultrabook is here with plenty of power that the average person simply does not need. Is the iPad that perfect medium for the post-PC era?

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Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha, the instant expert knowledge and computation app for tablets and smartphones, will now be heading to PCs. The company has announced a new partnership with Intel that will bring Wolfram's mobile apps, including its leading reference app, to Ultrabooks through the Intel AppUp center.

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LuvBook X ultrabook goes sub-1kg with carbon-fiber

LuvBook X ultrabook goes sub-1kg with carbon-fiber

Will extreme lightness be enough to score a win for ultrabooks? That's the strategy Mouse Computer is taking with the LuvBook X, using a carbon-fiber chassis to dip under the 1kg mark despite. One of the relatively rare 11.6-inch models, it runs Sandy Bridge rather than newer Ivy Bridge processors but, as PC Watch discovered, doesn't necessarily suffer in terms of performance.

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