Acer Aspire S7 Touch
If Ultrabooks are your thing, Acer will release the S7 Touch series ultraportable notebooks on October 26.
The lineup features laptops with either a 13.3- or 11.6-inch touch display with 1920 by 1080 resolution, and Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 or i7 processors.
Acer is claiming the S7 series can squeeze out up to twelve hours of battery life. To make it easier to use the touch screen, the S7 screens can tilt up to 178 degrees on the 11.6-inch device, and up to 180 degrees on the 13.3-inch version. S7 pricing starts at $1200 for the 11.6-inch model and $1400 for the 13.3-inch device.
Hewlett-Packard Pavilion Sleekbook
HP plans to launch new additions to its Sleekbook notebook line on October 26 including 14- and 15.6-inch models featuring up to one terabyte of storage, optional Nvidia discrete graphics, HDMI, USB 3.0, and a Webcam.
The Sleekbook 14 notebooks will feature AMD processors, while the Sleekbook 15 models will have Ivy Bridge chips. Pricing for the Sleekbook 14 starts at $500 and $600 for the Sleekbook 15.
Windows 8 fever
Beyond new stores, PCs, and smartphones, Firefox fans will want to check out the beta version of Firefox for Windows 8, and Microsoft has retooled MSN.com with a new Windows 8 UI-styled look set to go live on October 26.
Anyone running the Windows 8 Release Preview will want to keep their eye on the Windows Store for updates and improvements to the core Windows 8 apps. Microsoft plans to roll out refreshes to apps such as Bing, Calendar, Games, Mail, Maps, News, People, Photos, and SkyDrive leading up to the October 26 launch of Windows 8. Check out MSDN for a complete list of upcoming improvements.