Archive | April, 2012

Toshiba Z835 Ultrabook for $699 at Amazon.com

Posted on 30 April 2012

The Toshiba Z830 and Z835 is the Ultrabook of Ultrabooks. Fantastically light, quick to start and with its SSD-only storage, fast to use. It’s got the keyboard backlight and a full set of ports, quality Wi-Fi (and Wi-Di) and a good keyboard and mouse pad. At $699, in the US today, it’s down at a very good price. It’s the 1.4Ghz Core i3 version on offer here so it’s hasn’t […]

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Will Ultrabooks Kill the Optical Drive [video]?

Posted on 29 April 2012

Floppy drives are dead and the computer industry seems to have its sights set on the CD drive as the next victim. The vast majority of Ultrabooks ship without an optical drive, and as someone now using an Ultrabook as my primary computer, I can tell you that I’m honestly no missing it. There seems to be little room, or little need, for an optical drive in an Ultrabook.

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Clevo W110ER Brings Gaming to 11.6” Ultrabook Alternative

Posted on 28 April 2012

The Clevo W110ER  shows how far high-power portable laptops have come but also shows the trade-off between the Ultrabook platform and a standard notebook computing platform. Ultrabooks are unlikely to reach this level of performance in 2012; This level of processing power won’t reach Ultrabook sizes and weights!

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LuvBook X Ultrabook Breaks 1KG barrier with 11.6” and Carbon Fiber

Posted on 26 April 2012

  Releasing a 1st-generation Ultrabook while the excitement builds to 2nd-gen Ultrabooks based on Ivy Bridge may, at first, seem a stupid move but when it’s a unique product like the new LuvBook X from Mouse Computers in Japan, it may not make much difference. The LuvBook X is going to be the second 11.6” Ultrabook on the market, the first with a carbon-fiber body and the first to break […]

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Next-Gen ASUS UX31A, UX21A Spotted as ‘Zenbook Prime’

Posted on 26 April 2012

Engadget China have the first pics of the new, Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks from Asus. As tipped by us in Feb, the two models include full-HD displays. There’s a backlit keyboard too. Asus are calling the new Zenbook the Zenbook Prime and it’s tipped for June availability. The report doesn’t specifically mention the UX31A and UX21A but given previous reports and matching specifications, I’ll go out on a limb and say […]

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Confirmed: New HP Envy 4 and Envy 6 Ultrabooks Leaked

Posted on 24 April 2012

It hasn’t been long since HP officially launched the HP Folio 13 Ultrabook and the Envy Spectre 14 Ultrabook, but it seems that they’re already working on successors so these devices. Uncovered in a thread over at NotebookReview forum was some internal HP communiqué indicating two new additions to HP’s ‘EVNY’ line, the Envy 4, and Envy 6. Evidence thus far suggests that these two new models will be Ultrabooks, likely […]

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Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks to Launch at Computex, June 5

Posted on 24 April 2012

Computex, Taiwan, is one of the most important trade shows for the laptop market and this year it coincides with the availability of low-power Ivy Bridge CPUs for Ultrabooks so it makes sense that Intel and their customers seize the moment to launch the 2nd Generation of Ultrabooks. In an article at Techworld.com, Scott Pendrey, desktop product manager at Intel, gives us the information that “the first ultrabooks featuring Ivy […]

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How To Update Your Ultrabook’s Intel or Nvidia Graphics Drivers

Posted on 23 April 2012

If you’ve got an Ultrabook, it likely has either integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics or discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics. Recently we gave you 6 excellent game suggestions for your Ultrabook. Now we’ve got a suggestion to make sure your Ultrabook is running those games as well as possible. One of the best ways to keep the graphical capabilities of your Ultrabook performing at maximum capacity is to ensure that you’re […]

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Medion Launching Akoya S4611 Ultrabook with Nvidia Graphics and Up to 1TB HDD and 16GB RAM

Posted on 22 April 2012

German computer manufacturer Medion has taken wraps off the Akoya S4611 “high performance” Ultrabook. Shown off at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham, UK, the Akoya S4611 features a 14″ screen (resolution not yet specified) and can be equipped, according to Medion, with up to 1TB of HDD storage space and up to 16GB of RAM. It’s not clear at the moment whether or not the unit is sealed — […]

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6 Great Games for Ultrabooks and HD3000/HD4000 Graphics, Demos to Test Before You Buy

Posted on 20 April 2012

Genuine Ultrabooks use integrated graphics which, while not as powerful as a ‘discrete’ GPU, allow the systems to be slim and power efficient. Even though the graphical capabilities of current Ultrabooks won’t satisfy those looking to play the latest blockbuster titles at full settings, there are still plenty of excellent games that will run perfectly on an Ultrabook. I’ve got six great games to share with you that will run […]

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Predictions Estimate 20 million sales of 100, 2nd-Gen Ultrabooks from June

Posted on 19 April 2012

Up to now we’ve worked out that 2nd-gen Ultrabooks will be available from June (our estimate,) that there are 100 Ultrabooks launching this year (Intel quote) and that the prediction is for about 20 million shipments in 2012 (Juniper Research projection.) A brief update from Digitimes runs along the same lines but says it has the information from the supply chain.

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will.i.am and the Ultrabook Project in Mexico–Hey You

Posted on 19 April 2012

Part 2 of the 12-part will.i.am Ultrabook tour and creation project is now complete. The videos are on YouTube, the Ultrabook Project site has a bunch of a/v content and the track should be available on AppUp in the willpower app.

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