Archive | May, 2013

Samsung Series 7 Ultra in Tests – Haswell Could Mean Bargains or Refresh

Posted on 31 May 2013

After nearly two years of Ultrabooks the Samsung Series 7 Ultra came along and ticked all the boxes we had listed for an Ultrabook. Finally a combination of screen, performance, battery, ports, storage and price that looked interesting. Our first hands-on was positive but it’s take a long time to reach the shelves and we’re now just days away from Haswell. Can Samsung expect sales or is it going to […]

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Toshiba U945 Ultrabook only $479 at Amazon.com. Recommended by Ultrabooknews

Posted on 31 May 2013

[US focused post] The Toshiba U945 is a great value Ultrabook and you can get the 1.8Ghz Core i3 version for $479 on Amazon.com today. The Core i5 version, with Turbo Boost, is available for $568. Removable battery, easy upgrade access for HDD and RAM, backlit keyboard, good port selection and, good Wi-Fi performance, a keyboard and trackpad that works well and, for the 14” laptop category, a reasonable weight. […]

Razer Blade Haswell Ultrabook aimed at Gamers

Posted on 31 May 2013

  “Designed for Gaming” says the advertising for the Razer Blade Ultrabook. We say you should look closely at this one even if you’re not a gamer. Haswell, 1600×900, 70Wh battery and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M make this Ultrabook unique. The design is pretty hot too.

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Toshiba Portege Z10T Spec Update, New Videos, Global Pricing

Posted on 30 May 2013

The Toshiba Portege Z10T is filtering into channels around the world so we’ve taken the chance to update the Toshiba Portege Z10T Information page by adding a few new videos and some specs. Some new pricing details and a summary are below.    

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Intel 4th-Gen Core. Leaking Now, Launching Soon! (Update: Promo Video Live)

Posted on 30 May 2013

Computex is just days away, an Intel 4th-Gen Core launch party invite has gone out, we’ve spotted a ramp-up of Intel Ultrabook advertising and Intel have even slipped up with a 4th-Gen Core YouTube video that’s now been removed. Intel’s 4th-Gen Core, previously codenamed Haswell, will launch in the next days. Google spotted an Intel 4th Gen Core launch video…which Intel have now removed!

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Lenovo Yoga 11s Available for Pre-Order in Europe

Posted on 29 May 2013

The Lenovo Yoga 11S appeared for pre-order in the US a few days ago and you can now pre-order three 11s models in Europe. German retailer Notbooksbiliiger.de have revealed two Lenovo 11s models along with a few more specs, pricing and pre-order. Starting at €899 with a Core i3 and going up to a Core i5 with 256GB and 8GB RAM for €1199. In the USA the Core i5 (4Gb/128GB) […]

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#2 Laptop at Amazon.com is a Touch Ultralight at $425

Posted on 29 May 2013

The ASUS Vivobook X202E has been the top-selling touch notebook for a while but a recent price reduction has put it at #2 in the whole notebook category at Amazon.com The X202E (AKA S200 in other geographies) is not quite an Ultrabook as it doesn’t have a hybrid hard drive. It also has a small battery that limits its mobility but apart from that it’s an attractive sub-notebook that defines […]

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Do You See the PC Opportunity in the Growing Tablet Space?

Posted on 29 May 2013

I read a few IDC new releases today. The PC outlook is bad. The Tablet outlook is good. Take another look though, ignore some of the news articles riding on the back of the headline PR and you’ll see something interesting. Firstly there’s no obvious consideration of PC evolution into the tablet market. Secondly, there’s a huge opportunity opening up in the 8-13” segment. As tablet users start to prefer […]

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Haswell arrives – Asus announces Ultrabook with Haswell chip

Posted on 29 May 2013

Asus has become one of the first (if not the first) PC manufacturers to announce an Ultrabook with an Intel Haswell CPU, the VivoBook 551, and along with the new silicone the new PC also packs some other features.    

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Gigabyte U2142 Unboxing: an 11.6″ Ultrabook Convertible Packed with Ports

Posted on 28 May 2013

Thanks to our friends at Dynamism, we’ve got the Gigabyte U2142 Ultrabook Convertible to take a look at. A full review is in the works, but for now we’ve popped open the box for some photos and give our initial impressions after some hands-on time.

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Engadget reviews the Asus Transformer Book

Posted on 23 May 2013

Engadget has posted their review of the Asus Transformer Book, which was recently revealed to be coming to the US on May 21. Can it still offer competition to the likes of the HP Split X2 and Lenovo Helix and with future Haswell on the horizon?  

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AMD Kabini: On-Par Performance, Good Efficiency, Great Competition.

Posted on 23 May 2013

AMD Kabini, based on the new Jaguar Cores, is aimed at the ultrabook-alternative segment. Specifically the A4-5000 and A6-5200 are the quad-core parts at 15W and 25W TDP that will compete against Ivy Bridge and Haswell based Ultrabooks and ‘pro-sumer’ tablets in 2013 and 2014.  We’re expecting clock-for-clock performance with the quad-core Kabini platforms on par with (dual core) Ivy Bridge Ultrabook platforms but with a slightly better power utilization […]

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