Archive | August, 2012

IFA Ultrabook News Roundup

Posted on 31 August 2012

It’s been an exciting few days at IFA where we’ve seen a lot of great activity in the PC sector, mostly focused around Ultrabooks, hybrids, touchscreens, and Windows 8. Nils has been on hand at the event and has kept us thoroughly up to date on developments . If you’re looking for a summary of all of the interesting news from IFA, this is the post for you!

Hands-on with the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 Windows 8 Hybrid Ultrabook — This One Should Be on Your List

Posted on 31 August 2012

Fujitsu is launching a transformer-style hybrid Ultrabook, the Stylistic Q702. The company has experience making tablets and it shows — the Q702 is probably the most well rounded hybrid we’ve seen launched thus far with a very good port set for the size, capacitive and active digitizer screen, and even a built-in stylus. Our man Nils is on the show floor at IFA as we speak and has a look […]

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Toshiba Announces Budget and Slider Ultrabooks for Windows 8

Posted on 31 August 2012

Toshiba formerly announced two new Ultrabooks this morning, taking their total number of individual designs to 5 – a figure that tells us that manufacturers are totally on board with the Ultrabook idea. The Toshiba Sattelite U920T (U925T in the USA) is the slider device we previewed a few days ago. It’s going to be available some time in the fourth quarter. The second is the Toshiba Sattelite U940 (again, […]

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HP Launches Hybrid Envy X2 PC With Detachable Keyboard

Posted on 30 August 2012

A number of companies are now betting on hybrid computers to be the next big thing with Windows 8. We’ve seen the Duo 11 from Sony, the Samsung ATIV, Asus TaiChi and Transformer Book — all hybrids — and now HP is announcing the Envy x2 with Windows 8 and touchscreen. The X2 takes on the familiar ‘transformer’ form-factor which is outwardly a standard laptop form-factor but the screen can be detached and toted […]

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The Verge gets Hands-On with Acer Aspire S7

Posted on 30 August 2012

If you’re looking for a new 11” Ultrabook, the Acer Aspire S7 is probably on your list, especially if you’re interested in driving Windows 8 with a little bit of touch. We’re expecting the Acer Aspire S7 to be in the premium pricing category (i.e. not at the $799 that the Samsung Series 5 Touch could start at) but it will be much thinner and lighter than that.  The Verge […]

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HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Puts 15.6″ Full HD IPS Touchscreen, Thunderbolt, and Windows 8 In an Ultrabook

Posted on 30 August 2012

Today HP is announcing a new variant of their premium Ultrabook, the Spectre XT TouchSmart. With the addition of a Thunderbolt port, a larger 15.6″ full HD IPS touchscreen, and Windows 8, HP is bumping the price up from the $999 Spectre XT to $1,399 for the Spectre XT TouchSmart.  The Ultrabooks are nearly identical aside from the additions and change to the price. It would appear as though HP […]

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Samsung Series 9 to get Windows 8 Updates – No Touch

Posted on 29 August 2012

Samsung just presented their new range of Windows 8 devices. You’ve already seen the new Series 7 Slate and the Series 5 Touch but Samsung also announced that the Series 9 will get WIndows 8. No surprises there. The disappointing news is that it won’t have a touchscreen. Samsung also say that the system has been re-optimised, something that you’d expect anyway when a new OS is available.

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Samsung Series 7 Slate to Compete with Transformer Book

Posted on 29 August 2012

Update: The Series 7 and Series 5 Slates have been officially launched as the ATIV Smart PC and ATIV  Smart PC Pro. [Engadget] The detachable style ‘Ultraslate’ is going to be popular. The design has already been proven by ASUS with their Transformer range and many of us are already excited about the ASUS Transformer Book. The Samsung options – a Series 7 Slate with dock, is going to go head […]

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Samsung’s Series 5 Ultrabook with Touch is Confirmed

Posted on 29 August 2012

Starting at $799 with a Core i3 Samsung have just set the a very competitive lower benchmark for touchscreen Ultrabooks. Based on the existing industrial design it’s going to be a really solid offering. Laptopmag don’t have an article about this yet but we’re expecting one soon. We might even hear details in the Samsung event that’s just kicking off in Berlin right now.

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Sony Vaio Duo 11 gets hands-on at IFA

Posted on 29 August 2012

Via Newgadgetsde Revealing the optical track pointer and a design that’s slimmer than I expected, the port locations, backlight on the keyboard and lots more. As a tablet it’s ‘pretty thin and light’ says Johannes. It still weighs 1.2KG though so as a pure tablet, it’s a complete bloater! Full specs, price and other info available here. My thoughts – Why aren’t we seeing news about HSDPA/4G for the Vaio […]

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ASUSPro BU400 More Specs, Price

Posted on 29 August 2012

Via the Gadgetjm YouTube channel we’re looking at a hands-on with the very smart looking Business Ultrabook ASUSPro BU400. This is obviously a business-oriented Ultrabook with a full set of ports and focus on touchpad and keyboard quality. Anti-glare HD/HD+ displays (options we assume) and..touchscreen. (not seen in the video, maybe it’s an option.) Spill resistant keyboard and reinforced carbon construction. This is a VPro-enabled ‘Ultrabook for Business’ with encrypted […]

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ASUS UX21 Touch Hands On Video–IFA 2012

Posted on 29 August 2012

Via TLBHD on YouTube a hands-on with the ASUS UX21 Touch This 11.6” Ultrabook based on the Ivy-Bridge powered UX21A is obviously going to be more expensive than the UX21A which itself isnt the cheapest Ultrabook out there. $100-$150 premium over the UX21A price is to be expected. As for availability, expect end of October, when Win 8 is available. Video below.

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