Archive | January, 2013

ASUS Taichi 21 Unboxing, Overview, Screen Demo.

Posted on 31 January 2013

That was fun! In fact, the most fun I’ve had with an unboxing for a long time. Notebooksbilliger.de (a German PC retailer) sent over the ASUS Taichi 21 for testing and the unboxing was a real pleasure. Nice packaging aside, it’s the screens, yes screens, on the ASUS Taichi that are the headliner and because of the slightly lighter build compared to the bigger Ultrabook convertibles it feels like it’s […]

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Dell XPS 12 Review

Posted on 29 January 2013

The Dell XPS 12 has caught the attention of many people since it leaked last May but that could be attributable to it having one of the coolest design features we’ve ever seen on an Ultrabook. The flip-screen is impressive. But is it useful? And how good is the XPS 12 as a laptop? Read-on for the full review.

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Digitizers and Ultrabooks. What People Want, Design Recommendations and Developer Tips. (Video Series)

Posted on 28 January 2013

Intel have just published the results of a study into the use of a digitizer and stylus on an Ultrabook. Those of you that were into tablets in the mid 2000’s will know that Windows TabletPCs were very much stylus-oriented. Windows XP Tablet Edition included support for handwriting and the now-missing TIP, a floating input panel that would appear when an input box was selected. The digitizer was not only […]

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Dell XPS 12 Video Review by Chippy

Posted on 27 January 2013

I’ve been doing a lot of testing on the Dell XPS 12 over the last 4 days. Here’s a 16 minute video of my findings. If you’re interested in Ultrabook Convertibles, take a look at this video because it covers some ergonomic issues as well as a detailed look at the Dell XPS 12. [Specs, images, videos and more info in our database here.] As always, I welcome discussion below. […]

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Dell XPS 12–First Report from the ‘Lab.’

Posted on 25 January 2013

The Dell XPS 12 has been sent for a quick review via the guys at Ultrabook-king.de and I’ve had a chance to do some testing already. The first thing I noticed was how solid it feels. The hinge, frame, casing and keyboard seem top-notch although, probably as a result, it feels dense and a little heavy; Certainly too heavy to be a casual tablet.  Here’s a first-report and your chance […]

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New Velocity Micro NoteMagix Ultrabooks

Posted on 25 January 2013

Velocity Micro has recently introduced a new range of Ultrabooks under the NoteMagix branding with some interesting features including the choice of Ivy Bridge core i3-i7 processors, optical drive, promise of no bloatware, US based tech support and a choice of operating systems.

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Gigabyte U2142 Convertible Ultrabook Video Hands on

Posted on 24 January 2013

The folks at mobilegeeks.com have a hands on video of the recently re-announced Gigabyte U2142 Convertible Ultrabook. Its an 11.6 inch 1366×768 device that comes with a swivel screen similar to the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist and features a whole host of ports for excellent connectivity and also has storage options up to 1TB HDD or 256GB SSD. There is also the possibility to upgrade the RAM up to 16GB. See […]

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MSI S20 Ultrabook Convertible: Official Release Date, Price, Colors, and Gallery

Posted on 24 January 2013

We’ve known about the sleek-looking MSI S20 Ultrabook convertible as far back as June of 2012. With Windows 8, MSI couldn’t launch the S20 until the official Windows 8 release date on October 26th. But in an Asus-like fashion, MSI left the S20 linger and left any details regarding its release date and price up in the air. Earlier this month, some 7 months after the first announcement, MSI is finally dropping […]

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Lenovo Ideatab Lynx Keyboard Dock First Impressions (Updated)

Posted on 22 January 2013

My son would like to introduce you to the Lenovo Ideatab Lynx keyboard Dock which completes the Ideatab Lynx order I placed last week. I’ve already put an early review out for the tablet but the review won’t be complete until I’ve spent some time with the keyboard. The unit cost 150 Euro and includes keyboard, mouse, 2xUSB 2.0 and a micro-USB charging port. This article has been updated after an extended testing […]

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Ultrabook Software Developers Primer

Posted on 21 January 2013

Thanks to some support fro Intel I’ve been able to spend time over the weekend to put together an Ultrabook Software Development primer and resource. In it you find an intro, some stats, resources lists and some very important software development articles from Intel, Microsoft and Ultrabooknews. Windows 8 device numbers are growing quickly and Ultrabooks offer some unique propositions in terms of usage scenarios and unique hardware so all […]

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Acer Iconia W510 Review – Windows 8 Tablet and Docking Keyboard

Posted on 20 January 2013

The Acer Iconia Tab has been here for over a month now. Bought as a Clovertrail test device it has turned into a surprisingly usable and flexible ultra-mobile PC. The Acer W510 might be using the same Atom core as netbooks did but the package here is far more than that both in terms of computing and usage flexibility. Read on for the full review of the Acer Iconia W510 […]

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Dell Latitude 10 Gets Unboxed with Huge Battery

Posted on 20 January 2013

A removable 60Wh battery on a Clovertrail tablet. A Wacom digitizer. An LED flash. A full SD card slot. A TPM. module. The Dell Latitude 10 could hit the mark for many. We reported on the ‘essentials’ version a few days ago but here’s a good unboxing of the full-fat Dell Latitude 10. Note that the 60Wh battery only costs $80 ($55 as a purchase choice) at Dell.com so there’s […]