Archive | June, 2012

Ultrabooks Boost Laptop Sales

Posted on 30 June 2012

According to an NPD report, Ultrabooks are selling well in some segments of the US market. In the Jan-May 2012 period they helped push an increase in sales of the $700 + segment and comprised nearly 11% of that part of the market.Month-on-month growth seems to be strong too. Soure: NPD Overall the $700 segment represents  14% of the laptop market but profit per unit and profit margins are generally […]

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Poll: Would You Use Smart Connect on an Ultrabook?

Posted on 29 June 2012

Intel’s ‘Smart Connect‘ function is an optional Ultrabook feature that allows a computer to wake from sleep to connect to a WiFi network and update application data. Intel has been pushing this as a great ability which will help you to “stay current with automatic, no-wait updates to your e-mail, social networks, news, and more”. While that all sounds great, I can’t think of any scenario where it would actually […]

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XPS 14 Brings Ivy Bridge and Discrete Graphics to Dell’s Ultrabook Lineup, Claims 11 Hour Battery Life

Posted on 28 June 2012

Unlike the “new” XPS 13 which we warned you about the other day, Dell’s XPS 14 Ultrabook actually is new and starts at $1099 for the base model with a 1600×900 display. Dell says it’ll last for 11 hours on a charge. Four configurations are offered, all of which are Ivy Bridge, and range from Core i5 with integrated graphics to Core i7 with discrete graphics. Step inside and we’ll break […]

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Ivy Bridge Core i3 CPU introduced. Available in Lenovo U410

Posted on 28 June 2012

Were you wondering when the low-end Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks would start to appear? Right about now is the answer. Intel have launched the Core i3-3217U. There’s no Turbo Boost but it comes with a handy 1.8Ghz base clockrate. The Core i3-3217U also comes with all the Intel Quick Sync Video and HD4000 goodness you’d expect from an Ultrabook and together it forms a huge improvement over the 2nd Gen Core […]

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Latest Ultrabooks at Amazon.com this week.

Posted on 28 June 2012

Three new Ultrabooks have appeared at Amazon US in the last week. The Lenovo U310, Lenovo U410 and Acer Aspire S5 Starting with the Acer Aspire S5-391 you can pre-order for $1399.99. [Amazon link] It sounds expensive but as is often the case, the high-end version is being made available first. Core i7-3517U at 1.9-3.0Ghz with 4GB RAM and a healthy 256GB SSD. Be aware though that the screen is 1366×768. […]

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Mod your ASUS UX32VD from Hybrid, to SSD, for Free!

Posted on 28 June 2012

A user in the Notebookreview forums has posted a method to split the SSD from the HDD in the  ASUS UX32VD – making it an even more interesting purchase! ASUS have used a standalone Sandisk i100 SSD soldered on the mainboard as the cache in the ASUS UX32VD rather than an integrated SSD/hard drive and as it appears as a separate disk it’s possible to install Windows onto it.

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Review – Samsung SE-208 Slim DVD Writer

Posted on 27 June 2012

Part of the SSD upgrade how-to yesterday required buying a new CD/DVD writer. The old LG unit I was using bit the dust during the test so after a quick online check I found a cheap one in-stock at our local electronics Shop. While I was there I spotted the Samsung Slim Portable SE-208. For just 2 Euro more, looking way better than the cheap offering next to it and […]

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Ultrabook Shopping Alert: ‘New’ Dell XPS 13 is Not New

Posted on 26 June 2012

At the beginning of June, Computex revealed to the world a flood of new Ultrabooks based on Intel’s third-generation Ivy Bridge platform. These new Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks, which must meet certain criteria to be called an Ultrabook, represent the second generation of Intel’s Ultrabook specification. Dell’s XPS 13 Ultrabook, while well received, is a first generation Ultrabook based on the previous generation Sandy Bridge platform, but this hasn’t stopped the company from branding it […]

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SSD Upgrade How-To: Toshiba Z830/Z835 Ultrabook

Posted on 26 June 2012

We’re happy with the Toshiba Z830 that Intel sent to us for a long-term loan. It’s a fast, lightweight and well-connected Ultrabook. We’ve already dropped in a 4GB RAM module to take it up to 6GB but there’s one more thing we can do to pimp it out – upgrade the SSD. We contacted MyDigitalSSD with the plan and they kindly sent us a 256GB BulletProof mSATA SSD with SATA […]

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Ultrabook Reference Updated

Posted on 25 June 2012

If you are looking for a primer on Ultrabooks, we’ve got just the thing for you as we’ve just finished updating three of our main reference articles. Ultrabook reference What’s an Ultrabook? – An overview of the Ultrabook. Ultrabook Features Guide – Looking into some of the key features of an Ultrabooks Ultrabook Buying Tips – Read this before you buy your Ultrabook

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MSI Slider S20: Target Price $799-$899

Posted on 25 June 2012

Tucked into a report on MSI’s 2012 line-up over at Digitimes today is a mention of the MSI S20 Slider that appeared at Computex earlier this month. MSI are apparently aiming for an October or November release for between $799 and $899   Launch date is obviously going to depend on Windows 8 availability but we’re expecting that to happen without delay in Q4 anyway. As for the price, it […]

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Samsung Series 9 2012 (15″) Review

Posted on 23 June 2012

The 15” Samsung Series 9 2012 with Ivy Bridge has been a pleasure to test. It’s a stylish Ultrabook with potentially very long battery life and a great 3D performance boost over 1st-generation Ultrabooks. The screen is good and bright and the keyboard a pleasure to use. But all is not perfect. A surprising lack of CPU Turbo under battery load, a strange touchpad action and too many ‘micro’ ports […]

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