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  • Toshiba taking pre-orders for new Windows 8 lineup

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    Toshiba has introduced a new line of computers that, in keeping with Windows 8's emphasis on touch, offers an array of products with displays that can be poked and pinched.
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    Toshiba Portege Z935-P300 Ultrabook: Lightweight, for light users

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:27 am

    Travel-weary businesspeople will appreciate Toshiba's latest Portégé model, the Portégé Z935 Ultrabook. Not only is this laptop business-ready, with features such as a VGA-out port (for hooking up to a projector) and WiDi (see next paragraph), it's one of the lightest 13-inch notebooks we've ever seen. It weighs just under 2.5 pounds, so it's a breeze to tote around to meetings and on business trips.
  • Ultrathin teardown! Asus ultrabook vs MacBook Air

    Posted September 18, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Are Windows-based Ultrabooks built to the same engineering and manufacturing standards as Apple's now-legendary MacBook Air? We removed the shells from both an ultrathin Asus Zenbook Ultrabook and an Air to find out.
  • Western Digital's 5mm hybrid drives pave way for slimmer Ultrabooks

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:20 am

    With Western Digital's upcoming 5 mm hybrid hard drives, future Ultrabooks won't have to sacrifice so much slimness for more storage.
  • 10 tech expenses your business can do without

    Posted September 13, 2012 - 8:00 am

    Improve your bottom line by dumping these technological artifacts
  • Western Digital releases samples of its thinnest hybrid drive for Ultrabooks

    Posted September 10, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    Western Digital announced what it said is the industry's thinnest hybrid drive for Ultrabooks, a 5mm-thick model that has 500GB capacity.
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    The best business-friendly ultrabooks

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Razor-thin, lightweight Ultrabooks are all the rage in Windows laptops now. Though most Ultrabooks are designed more for the living room than for the boardroom, business customers don't have to feel left out in the cold. We've rounded up five excellent Ultrabooks that combine sleek designs with business-class features and performance.
  • Dreaming of a Linux ultrabook? Meet the new ZaReason UltraLap 430

    Posted August 20, 2012 - 7:57 am

    There's been a marked jump in recent months in the number of options facing Linux fans interested in buying hardware with their favorite operating system preinstalled, but just recently one came out that seems particularly notable.
  • Which Ultrabooks have user-replaceable batteries? Too few

    Posted August 18, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Most new super-thin laptops, including Ultrabooks and the Retina MacBook Pro, are designed so consumers can’t change the batteries themselves. This is a big issue if you plan on keeping your new laptop for more than two years or want to hand it down to someone else later.
  • Holiday tech: droolworthy gear coming this fall

    Posted August 11, 2012 - 7:25 am

    You're still slathering on sunscreen, and the dog days of summer (by ancient reckoning) arrived less than two weeks ago; but the most tempting HDTVs, Ultrabooks, games, and smartphones for the impending holiday season are already coming into focus.
  • How to recycle your phone, PC and other tech gear

    Posted August 11, 2012 - 7:03 am

    There are few things tech lovers enjoy more than a shiny new gadget or computer: the latest iPad or Nexus 7 tablet, a great new smartphone, a featherlight ultrabook. But once you've bought that great new gear, what do you do with the old stuff?
  • Windows 8 Ultrabooks and tablets to feature new sensors

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    Ultrabooks and convertible tablets will soon have everything from compasses and gyroscopes to GPS and accelerometers.
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    Acer Timeline Ultra M5 review: big screen, few pixels

    Posted July 28, 2012 - 7:30 am

    As an Ultrabook, the Acer Timeline Ultra M5 disappoints. It's simply too big (with a 15.6-inch screen) and too heavy (at 4.5 pounds, not including accessories), to fit comfortably in the Ultrabook category. If anything, decision to market this model as an Ultrabook puts the Timeline Ultra M5 a disadvantage, since it can't compete with the sexy sleekness of smaller, lighter Ultrabooks.
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    HP Envy 4 review: the most stylish Ultrabook yet

    Posted July 28, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Ultrabooks, for the most part, look the same: skinny, sleek, and an awful lot like Apple's MacBook line. But the HP Envy 4 is different. It appears to be bigger and thicker than other 14-inch Ultrabooks (it's not), but it has a design that's, thankfully, all its own. This attractive ultraportable features a flat, plateau-like brushed aluminum cover and a sexy red undercarriage. Plus, it's a solid performer with excellent speakers.
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    Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook review: a multimedia marvel

    Posted July 28, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Although it's based on Intel's fastest new Ivy Bridge CPU for Ultrabooks, the Dell XPS 14 at 4.7 pounds hovers perilously close in weight to the all-purpose laptop category. But Dell gives you several reasons to lug the extra ounces around, especially if you value good multimedia features.
  • Intel: more than 40 touchscreen Windows 8 Ultrabooks coming

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:39 pm

    It will soon rain touchscreen laptops equipped with Windows 8, according to recent statements by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who maintains that the PC market is not doomed.
  • PC sales slip as shoppers wait

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 5:29 pm

    Not even Ultrabooks could spur recent PC sales as prospective buyers wait for new Windows 8-powered hardware to debut in October or look to alternative devices such as tablets and smartphones. That's the word from market research firms Gartner and IDC along with their estimates of PC shipment volume for the second quarter of 2012.
  • Next up for Ultrabook laptops: 3D displays, sensors, and HD screens

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Ultrabooks have made a lot of progress as the hottest ultrathin Windows laptops on the market, but the features we've seen so far may be just the tip of the iceberg. Third-generation Ultrabooks will likely sport more advanced features than currently available, including high-definition displays, new types of sensors, 3D screens, and more.
  • Why Ultrabook sales have flopped so far

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    When Intel announced Ultrabooks a year ago, the chip maker predicted that these thin and light laptops would account for 40 percent of the consumer market by the end of 2012. But according to Gartner, Ultrabooks have hardly made a dent in the now-stagnant PC market.
  • Smartphones and laptops: new ways to pair them

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:14 am

    Each new gadget brings speculation about what older device it will replace--full-featured laptops supplant desktops, while ever-smarter phones relieve you from carrying a laptop on occasion. But don't overlook the partnerships that can result. Soon, for instance, you’ll be able to use an Ultrabook to charge your phone wirelessly, or you'll be able to transfer files by tapping your smartphone to a laptop lid.
  • How Microsoft Surface tablets compare in a crowded market

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:18 am

    During their splashy press conference on Monday, Steve Ballmer and the other Microsoft execs referred to the company's upcoming Surface devices as tablets. So it makes sense to compare them to other tablets, right?
  • Microsoft Q&A: with Windows 8, the choice is yours

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Day two at Microsoft TechEd 2012 was all about Windows 8. CIO.com caught up with Windows corporate VP Antoine Leblond, who discussed why CIOs should test Windows 8, why developers should love it, and why we'll all be touching our laptop screens sooner than we think.
  • Ultraslim Ultrabook laptops get cheaper

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:41 am

    It's happening. Super-slim Ultrabook prices are edging closer to the average range of standard laptop prices.
  • Apple's MacBook Air price cuts make it tougher on Windows ultrabook makers

    Posted June 12, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Apple did something very unusual at WWDC on Monday: It dropped the price of three of the four models in its signature MacBook Air line by $100.
  • 35 new Ivy Bridge-powered Ultrabooks coming over next 30 days

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Get ready for Ultrabook overload as second-generation versions of Intel's new ultraportable category begin rolling out to stores near you. Reiterating previous statements, Intel on Tuesday said more than 35 new Ultrabooks are available now or headed to store shelves in the next month. The company also expects 110 new Ultrabook designs to roll out in the next 12 months, 30 of which will have touchscreens. Intel made the announcements during Computex Taipei 2012 where the company gave a [<a
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