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What if there was No Ultrabook?

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ultrabook opinionUltrabook is a project, a long-term multi-faceted work by many companies under many project names to bring together some of the best and most-efficient technologies, software and processes in the laptop industry and to make a personal computing product fit for the next ten years.

The products coming of the line so far are a good sign that the industry is responding to Intel’s seeding. Style is improving dramatically, Windows boots faster, weight of 13.3” laptops has dropped from over 2KG to well under 2KG and in many cases under 1.5KG. Let’s not forget what the options were, and how expensive they were, just 18 months ago.  What would the laptop landscape look like now if the Ultrabook project, and the preceding silicon design, had not happened?

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Celeron Inside means Confusion Outside for the Ultrabook

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There was a brief report a few days ago that hinted at new Celeron CPUs being offered for Ultrabook products. I don’t believe it. Not only does this source appear on my personal ‘blacklist’ but there are good reasons why this report is wrong.

Update: The news item was updated with a response from Intel. We were right, Celeron CPUs are not going into Ultrabooks.

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Will Ultrabooks Kill the Optical Drive [video]?

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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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Why Discreet Graphics for Ultrabooks could be Counter-Productive

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600M-GT-Acer640M-Performance (2)Calling all Ultrabook designers, manufacturers, OEMs. Putting discreet graphics in Ultrabooks is not going to help the Ultrabook and it may come back to bite you. Mainstream buyers don’t understand what it means, gamers aren’t interested, video editors use Apple rigs and that just leaves the niche market of mobile geeks that do a bit of gaming on the side, a big bunch of impressionable bloggers and anyone you can tease with marketing, advertising and a bunch of stickers. Well, maybe that’s what it’s all about; the ability to market a product. I still think it will hurt the Ultrabook though.

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Vote for Your Favorite Ultrabook

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From left-to-right click for information on the
Acer Aspire S3, Lenovo U300S, Toshiba Z830, Asus UX21, Asus UX31.

 

Update: Now that the HP Folio is in the running, this poll has been closed. Results are below.

Over the last week there’s been an excellent discussion going on here at Ultrabooknews. We’ve talked about the argument against Ultrabook, the argument for buying an Ultrabook, discussed some specific solutions and issues and we’ve even seen some of you pushing the button on a purchase. Finally, the first review of the last of the first round of Ultrabooks is in so there are now independent reference points for all of them. I want to thank you all for your input in the comments so far. Keep it going!

On the right-hand column here on the desktop version of Ultrabooknews.com (scroll down a bit!) you’ll see a list of Ultrabooks. [If you’re viewing the mobile site, view the list here.] From day one I’ve been tracking views of the pages and each day the list gets re-ordered with the most popular device (over the last 7 days) showing at the top. It gives you an idea about what devices are most popular but for a second data point, I think it’s a good time to take a poll.

 

Poll : Which is your favorite Ultrabook?

Feel free to add comments below and let others get the benefit from your thoughts – whatever they are.

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For more information on all of the Ultrabooks (and some of the alternatives) see the product database. Specification also available via the images above.

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