Hopes people will pay upwards of $2,000 for laptops drenched in red
When Sony launched its Vaio Fit laptop range a few months back, we were pleasantly surprised by the uncharacteristically affordable price tags of the Ivy Bridge-powered Windows 8 ultrabooks. But lest people assume the Japanese electronics giant is abandoning the premium (read: often overpriced) laptop segment it has been long associated with, the company has announced special “red edition” models across its Vaio Fit, Duo and Pro laptop families that are, well, red and expensive.
Company touts energy efficiency and graphics performance ahead of Haswell launch
The arrival of the next generation of Intel Core processors is drawing near and, as you would expect, the chipmaker is busy drawing the world’s attention to all that is worth highlighting about its upcoming “Haswell” (codename) chips. The company most recently talked up the 22nm chips it is widely expected to launch early next month at a media briefing it hosted last week.
Never Heard of Inhon? Don’t be embarrassed, neither had we.
Inhon might not be a household name when it comes to Notebooks, but they sure have pulled off something impressive. This small Taiwanese based computer maker is officially announcing the Blade 13 Carbon laptop, and its form factor propels Apple Macbook Air well into the chubby category. The even better news? It does it all at a similar price point, and with more impressive internal components.
Will be powered by the company’s ultra-efficient Haswell chips
Their hefty price tags are a major reason why ultrabooks aren’t exactly flying off store shelves. True, the average selling price of these ultra-thin and -light laptops has witnessed a steady, if slow, decline in recent times, but it is still not quite where it should be.
Plextor's M5M SSD is one-eighth the size of a standard 2.5-inch drive.
It's been a long, long time since Plextor's bread and butter was high-quality optical drives. It's perhaps a little bit ironic that Plextor's newest product is intended for Ultrabooks, a form factor that largely shuns optical drives (only a handful of Ultrabook models ship with a CD/DVD or Blu-ray drive). Plextor finds itself focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, and the company's new M5M mSATA Series drives are intended to give Ultrabook owners some upgrade options.
Intel is ramping up its effort to be a major player in the mobile arena.
Intel's presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is heavily focused on mobile this time around, a theme that was evident during Paul Otellini's keynote speech that largely dealt with next generation Ultrabooks, as well as a separate press conference highlighting Atom-powered smartphones and Windows 8 Ultrabooks.
Samsung has readied itself for Microsoft's Windows 8 launch at the end of next week by revealing over half a dozen new systems built to take advantage of the touch oriented operating system. Leaving no stone unturned, Samsung unveiled a pair of convertible tablets, two Ultrabooks, a pair of all-in-one (AIO) systems, and a traditional notebook, most of which sport touchscreen displays.
As with most technological devices, notebooks have a natural tendency to get smaller, lighter, and faster over time. It's the natural progression of things. Partly in an attempt to speed up the progression towards increasingly capable ultraportable systems, Intel created the Ultrabook specification with a set of guidelines manufacturers must abide by in order to market their systems as such. We've seen some promising Ultrabooks come to market, but will they become the de facto standard Intel envisions? Conflicting reports make that a tough question to answer.
Regardless of how you feel about Windows 8 and its tile-based user interface, you have to hand it to Microsoft for ensuring its launch partners are on board with the new operating system. Hewlett-Packard certainly is, as it's one of several companies announcing new products ahead of Windows 8's debut in October. HP today unveiled three new Windows 8 devices, including two Ultrabook models (Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 and Spectre XT TouchSmart) and a hybrid PC (Envy x2) that follows a growing trend of combining a tablet PC and Ultrabook into a single device.