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New cheaper ultrabooks on the way

Intel has been pushing the ultrabook in a big way for the past year. There've been several companies that have jumped on the ultrabook bandwagon, but none of the machines have been a major success so far. That could change with Intel announcing that 75 new ultrabook designs are coming soon.
 
Intel also says that it expects the price of some of the machines to be as low $699. That would make for some of the cheapest ultrabook designs yet since pricing tends to start at about $800 for the roughly 21 ultrabooks currently on the market. The new designs will bring some nice upgraded features as well including touchscreens for Windows 8 and hybrid designs.
 
The tip on the new models come from Intel's general manager for PC client group, Kirk Skaugen. He said, "I think we can deliver the best of a tablet, and the best in what (users) know in a notebook."
 
Intel recently stated it would launch a massive advertising campaign costing "hundreds of millions of dollars" to push the virtues of its ultrabook design. The campaign is the largest since the platform launched. Along with a big advertising push, Intel also plans to create what it calls "ultrabook experience zones" in retail stores. The focus in these experience zones will be to help set the ultrabook apart from the traditional notebook in the mind of consumers.

It's not clear exactly when the new ultrabook designs will start hitting the market, but Windows 8 isn't expected until later this year.
 
"In order to be compliant to that section, you have to meet a series of tests that Intel is putting in the market place," he said. 
 
"Intel plans to ensure ultrabooks have a consistent experience. And if it's too thick it won't be called an ultrabook. It won't be allowed to be called an ultrabook because ultrabook is a trademark of Intel and we can protect the trademark."

Source: PC World



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RE: Nice!
By apinkel on 4/11/2012 2:45:40 PM , Rating: 2
I've got an x301 as well. I really like it...

IMO a lightweight 13" laptop with a 1440x900 screen (sweet spot 127dpi) and 3.5lbs or less is the ideal for usability and portability.

I like these ultrabooks except for two issues... I think they compromised the typing experience with keyboards that are too shallow and the 16:9 aspect ratio screens just aren't ideal (768p-poor for viewing portrait content, 900p-dpi is too high).

The macbook air has really nice hardware (excellent screen) but I need to run windows and when I tried to ask a few questions about windows on the MBA I got all kinds of annoying anti-windows feedback from owners. I'd probably have a MBA if it weren't for the inability to get straight answers instead of FUD.

The x301 ain't perfect but it's pretty darn close IMO.


RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 4/11/2012 5:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
Ya it is nice. At the time it was the thinnest laptop in existence with a built in DVD. I think it still is, although having a DVD is less and less important every year. I would love a unit just like it, with a new ivy bridge CPU, no DVD and therefore thinner. Drool!


RE: Nice!
By apinkel on 4/12/2012 9:17:59 AM , Rating: 2
I swapped out the DVD for the bay battery so I now get ultrabook like battery life (5-6 hrs).

The x301 has been plenty fast for everything I do but I agree, it would be nice if it had a current gen ULV chip like the ultrabooks just to make it a bit more future-proof.


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