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All about Ultrabooks

All about Ultrabooks



Ultrabooks You Can Hold Now

Ultrabooks You Can Hold Now

Still not very clear on what an Ultrabook is like? No problem. All you have to do is go look for a Samsung Series 9. This notebook is exactly what an Ultrabook should be like, price aside. Samsung was one of the manufacturers who bought into Intel's Ultrabook premise, and has the manufacturing clout to actually come up with one. We first saw it during Computex 2011 in Taiwan early this year. And even though the ASUS UX31 was widely talked about, the Samsung Series 9 was the first to appear in the market, as early as April 2011.

However Samsung was unable to lower the price of the Samsung Series 9 to fit into Intel’s sub US$1000 pitch. Using expensive materials to form its uniquely designed shell, it costs US$1649 a pop and was way too expensive for the general public looking for a Ultrabook with tablet-like instant use features. At this kinds of prices, they might as well get themselves a tablet (which Samsung also offers by the way).

As we get closer to the end of the year, more Ultrabooks will be released, and we will be seeing more of what will become the next trend for notebooks (goodbye netbooks, don’t write to us, we won’t be missing you).

Thus far, we've gotten our mitts on the very beautiful Lenovo IdeaPad U300s which really impressed us, and gave us hope for the future of Ultrabooks. There was also the Acer Aspire S3, which to us, looked exactly like the MacBook Air, but didn't quite rival it. In its case, the Aspire S3 comes in various configurations, and some of those flavors don't come with an SSD, in an effort to cut costs. Those machines without SSDs registered performance levels way below than what we're comfortable with. But like the U300s, the Aspire S3 also set the bar pretty high for what we expect ultra-thin-and-light notebooks to be like in the future. In fact, the Acer Aspire S3 was the first true Ultrabook in this region that managed to meet all of Intel's criteria, including price.

Each manufacturer has something up their sleeve and we can’t wait to lay our hands on all of them. Toshiba has the Z830, ASUS with their UX31, LG with their P220. HP, the world's biggest PC manufacturer also announced their Folio series to usher in a slightly varied version of the Ultrabook. And if the Ultrabook premise does well, Economics 101 tells us that the prices will head south, and we will all be swimming in Ultrabooks and affordable SSDs (we really hope so). For now, almost every notebook brand we know has pledged to deliver an Ultrabook to ride this new wave.