After an initial delay pushed the release of the Asus Taichi 31 Ultrabook back several months in the U.S., we were beginning to wonder if the 13.3-inch SKU would ever see the light of the day. We can all stop twiddling our thumbs as Asus said it has finally begun shipping the dual-display Ultrabook stateside. That's great news if you've been jonesing for a Windows 8 Ultrabook with two 13.3-inch panels.
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and hope everything works out, which is exactly what Samsung's doing with its new Series 9 Premium Ultrabook. It's a $1,400 Ultrabook that flies in the face of conventional wisdom suggesting Ultrabooks need to come down in price, not go up. In fact, Samsung's newest model is tagged with a price that's more than twice as high as some of its competitors' models. Is it worth the markup?
Even the shade of black on the new ThinkPad is different from before.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ThinkPad T431s, a new business-class Ultrabook from Lenovo that's the thinnest T series ever built. That in and of itself isn't surprising -- PC manufacturers are making a concerted effort towards building thinner and lighter Ultrabooks and noteboks -- but some of the design changes are certainly interesting. Lenovo bid adieu to a handful of signature features, including the right and left buttons below the trackpad.
Hey, look who decided to join the Ultrabook party!
Gigabyte this week announced the release of its U2442, an "extreme Ultrabook" for gamers with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M or 730M graphics. On paper, there's quite a bit of power packed into a machine that measures 339mm (W) by 233mm (D) by 18.5-21mm (H) and weighs 1.69kg (3.7 pounds) or less, depending on whether it's configured with a solid state drive (SSD) or mSATA SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) combo.
Intel today announced the launch of a new mSATA solid-state drive. Based on 25nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, the Intel Solid-State Drive 525, as the new drive is called, is the Santa Clara-based chipmaker’s very first 6Gb/s mSATA offering.
Solid state drive (SSD) shipments are forecast to more than double in 2013.
It's going to be several years before solid state drives (SSDs) reach the same or similar market share as mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), but in the meantime, one of those storage sectors is seeing explosive growth. According to IHS iSuppli, a new generation of lower-cost and more appealing Ultrabooks will help double the number of SSD shipments to 83 million units in 2013, up from 39 million in 2012. By 2016, IHS iSuppli believes SSD shipments will reach 40 percent the size of the HDD market.
The Targus Touch Pen transforms your laptop into a touchscreen device.
Windows 8 begs to be touched, and though that's problematic on non-touch notebooks, you don't necessarily need a new laptop to take full advantage of Microsoft's newest operating system as it was re-imagined. Yes, you can get by just fine with a keyboard and mouse, but an intriguing compromise is a new Touch Pen device from Targus. Designed for Windows 8, the Touch Pen turns virtually any laptop into a touchscreen PC.
The Slider S20 is another device that functions as both a tablet and Ultrabook.
Since Microsoft put so much effort into unifying Windows 8's user interface (UI) across multiple devices, we expect to see a fair number of dual-function devices moving forward. One of them is MSI's Slider S20 Ultrabook Convertible, which as the name implies is both an Ultrabook and a tablet, depending on how you have the touchscreen oriented. Is it the best of both worlds?
Remember when netbooks were the hottest item in PC land? You could hardly go a week without being buried under an avalanche of new netbook announcements. My, how things have changed. Strictly speaking, the netbook category is no more. Asus is reportedly ending its Eee PC line, and Acer hasn't announced plans to launch any new netbook models. The same goes for MSI and all the other netbook players. So, what happened?