The highly contagious ultrabook virus has claimed yet another victim, with Gigabyte becoming the latest company to announce an ultrabook. The Taiwanese company has announced two 14-inch ultrabooks at the ongoing CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany. Hit the jump for more.
Japanese vendor Fujitsu has shown no urgency whatsoever in joining the ultrabook fray. In fact, it remained mum on its ultrabook plans until it published its product roadmap for 2012 last month. The roadmap lists two ultrabook models, both scheduled for May. We now have a few details about one of its upcoming ultrabooks.
Dell has begun shipping its first ultrabook, making it the latest PC vendor to jump on the ultrabook bandwagon. Announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Dell XPS 13 is now available on the company’s website from $999. To sweeten the deal, Dell is offering a complimentary T-Mobile 4G Hotspot device to early adopters. Hit the jump for details. pters. Hit the jump for details.
Another ultrabook release seems to be close at hand, with manuals for the Dell XPS 13 making a premature appearance on the company’s website a couple of days back. Even though the said manuals have since disappeared, their emergence seems to be in keeping with the company’s U.S. launch plans for the ultrabook. Hit the jump for more.
If you've built or upgraded a rig recently, you probably struggled with whether to spend your money on oodles of storage (mechanical hard drive) or raw speed (solid state drive). You're not alone. Ultrabook makers find themselves in the same boat, and rather than choose one over the other, hybrid hard drives may provide the compromise between cheap(er) storage and fast performance they're looking for.
There seems to be something new on the ultrabook front almost everyday, with the ultrabook models that were announced at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show now hitting store shelves one by one. Lenovo’s IdeaPad U300e, one of several models showcased by the vendor at CES, is the latest, having gone up for for pre-order on the company’s website. Hit the jump for more.
Intel's Ultrabook initiative might have been met with early skepticism, some of which still remains, but by and large, the light and powerful form factor is proving popular. It's also creating demand for small size components that can be squeezed into a pancake thin frame. As time goes on, expect to see Ultrabook models start to adopt 4mm micro fans that were originally developed for the handset market.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show saw a deluge of ultrabooks. Samsung was one of the vendors that unveiled their ultrabook contenders at the event. But not only did it unveil the Series 5 ultrabook back then, it also used the opportunity to announce the second generation Series 9 ultra-thin and light notebook. The latter is now available for pre-order online. Hit the jump for more.
We rarely advocate playing the waiting game when it comes to buying or upgrading parts, simply because there's always something newer, faster, and shinier right around the corner. At some point, you just have to bite the bullet and pull the trigger, knowing full well that as soon as you do, someone, somewhere is going to announce something snazzier. All that said, you shouldn't buy an Ultrabook today.
Notebook makers find themselves in a bit of a pickle regarding Intel's Ultrabook initiative. On one hand, lower prices are what will truly drive Ultrabook sales, which is something Intel recognized on Day 1 when it advised notebook makers to stay under a $1,000 ceiling. That's well and good for the consumer, but high manufacturing costs cut into profits when you start dipping below a grand. It might be another year before Ultrabook pricing starts to look truly enticing.