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The next generation of laptops is thinner and lighter–and may make you think twice about needing a tablet. Should you buy one now? The Ultrabook, a new class of ultraportable laptops defined by Intel, has been making waves lately as the next major step in laptop design.

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  1. 1. 20/09/2011 04:11 Thinner and Lighter Windows Laptops Redefined: Everything You Need to Know About Ultrabooks Thinner and Lighter Windows Laptops Redefi- Intel defines Ultrabooks as having Intel Core pro- ned: Everything You Need to Know About Ultra- cessors, a thickness under 21mm (0.8 inches), and books a long battery life (initial Ultrabook models are ra- ted for at least 7 hours). They also share 11- to 13- The next generation of laptops is thinner and ligh- inch displays, a weight under 3 pounds (closer to ter–and may make you think twice about needing 2.5 pounds), and a near-instant resume from sleep, a tablet. Should you buy one now? thanks to their solid-state drives. Ideally–and this The Ultrabook, a new is the kicker–Ultrabooks should be priced at un- class of ultraportable der $1000. In short, Ultrabooks are designed to be laptops defined by Intel, inexpensive, high-performance, and svelte laptops. has been making waves lately as the next major Ultrabooks Are Like the MacBook Air…But step in laptop design. Not These ultraslim and lightweight laptops promise to combine the conveniences of tablets with the func- tionality of larger notebooks. If Intel and Ultrabook manufacturers can get the design and technology right, Windows users may finally have relatively affordable and varied alternatives to the reigning ultrathin laptop, Apple’s MacBook Air. In addition to the much thinner and lighter laptops we’ll see this fall, you can expect combo devices with sliding or removable multitouch screens for true all-in-one versatility. Here’s what you need to know about Ultrabooks and whether you should prepare to purchase one. What Are Ultrabooks? Toshiba Portege Z830 UltrabookIn concept, Ultra- books aren’t really new: After all, the MacBook Air Ultrabooks are laptops based on reference designs meets the criteria, and Apple revealed it in 2008. And that Intel announced at the Computex trade show the laptop industry as a whole was already racingjoliprint in May. Although Intel makes computer chips, not to thin-and-light long before the MacBook Air made entire laptops, the company has provided the Ul- skinny popular; five years earlier, for example, we trabook specification (five different ones, actually) had the 2-pound Sony VAIO x505. to laptop manufacturers so that they can produce a Printed with new army of “thin, light, and beautiful” portables. Page 1
  2. 2. 20/09/2011 04:11 Thinner and Lighter Windows Laptops Redefined: Everything You Need to Know About Ultrabooks Some people might argue that the MacBook Air is an The First Ultrabooks Ultrabook, but “Ultrabook” is also a marketing term that Intel trademarked this year–a term that des- cribes the laptop PC’s comeback attempt in a world of rising tablet and smartphone fame. To date, if you wanted a well-designed, high-performance ul- traportable laptop–something that you could easily carry everywhere without having to worry about looking for an outlet every couple of hours–and specifically one that cost about a grand, you’d have to turn to the MacBook Air. As PCWorld laptops editor Jason Cross has pointed out, Windows laptop makers haven’t been able to keep up with Apple in its innovation, marketing, and pricing for the MacBook Air. Ultrabooks, howe- ver, may be the first worthy MacBook Air rivals, machines that can compete on all levels: design, hardware specs, and price. And Intel is pushing for innovation beyond the MacBook Air model. See Also: Acer Aspire S3 UltrabookThe first Ultrabooks are co- ming this fall, from Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba. (You might also consider the Samsung Series 9 to be an Ultrabook, but it debuted before Intel announced the Ultrabook concept.) Asus UX21: The first Ultrabook to be introduced, this 2.4-pound laptop has an 11.6-inch display, a 0.66-inch thickness, and an Intel Core i7 processor. It’s expected to start at under $1000 and launch this month. Toshiba Portege Z830: Billed as the “world’s lightestjoliprint 13-inch laptop,” the Z830 starts at just under $1000, is 0.63 inches thin, and weighs under 2.5 pounds. Acer Aspire S3: Launching at 799 euros ($1134) Printed with and promising to capture the MacBook Air feel, the Page 2
  3. 3. 20/09/2011 04:11 Thinner and Lighter Windows Laptops Redefined: Everything You Need to Know About Ultrabooks 13.3-inch Aspire S3 offers a Core i3, i5, or i7 proces- Alternatively, you might prefer to get in touch sor and a choice between a traditional hard drive with Windows 8 Ultrabooks next year, or hold out or an SSD. for Ultrabooks with 24-hour battery life, which are due in 2013. Lenovo IdeaPad U300s: This 13.3-inch Ultrabook is expected in November starting at $1200. The U300s CloudTag: Windows Laptop , Ultrabooks , Dell d830 will be available in Core i5 and i7 models, and will Battery , Sony vgp-bps8 battery , Hp pavilion dv6 have a Clementine color option. battery , Dell vostro 1510 battery The Future of Ultrabooks: Laptops Meet Tags: Dell d830 Battery, Dell Vostro 1510 Battery, Hp Tablets pavilion dv6 battery, Sony vgp-bps8 battery, Ultra- books, Windows Laptop Intel has indicated that the potential of Ultrabooks exceeds what we’ve seen in current ultraportable laptops. After the initial Ultrabook models (the Win- dows MacBook Air clones) come out this year, we should see a second wave based on Intel’s next-gene- ration Ivy Bridge chips–systems with touchscreens that swivel or slide out of the way. In other words, they’ll be superthin, convertible tablets.Intel is cal- ling Ultrabooks a “new category of what promises to become the must-have, most complete and satisfying computing devices over the next couple of years.” Should You Buy an Ultrabook? Lenovo IdeaPad U300s UltrabookThis year’s Ultrabooks are truly attractive laptops–for both business and personal use, and especially for- travel. They’re powerful, flexible, incredibly thin, light, and durable. If you need a laptop right now, these are among your best options. However, at the moment Ultrabooks aren’t the great value we first envisioned (due to manufacturers’ is- sues with high costs and limited supplies), and laptop makers are taking a wait-and-see approach to this new portable category, despite Intel’s $300 millionjoliprint investment in the project. If you have a couple of months to wait, you could see these Ultrabooks drop in price and become even more attractive. Printed with Page 3