Asus has released a serious competitor to Apple's MacBook Air, which has been the ultraslim laptop to beat in the mobile computing world. The Asus UX21 is the world's first Ultrabook (read more about Ultrabooks here), and it's broken new ground in terms of design, features, and performance. We met up with Asus' product manager at the company's Computex booth in Taipei to bring you this quick hands-on. Click on the gallery below for a close-up look at the Asus UX21 and its specs.Related link Computex complete coverage
Intel can be fast and loose with design concepts like its newest--"Ultrabook." But for those grasping for concrete examples, there's the MacBook Air.Guidelines for the Ultrabook were announced by Intel today at the Computex conference. In a nutshell, Intel is trying to reinvent the laptop as a tablet minus the keyboard. Make a laptop very thin and portable like an iPad and you've borrowed some of the tablet's main--and most compelling--design attributes. That's the idea.
Alternatively, the Ultrabook could be seen as the death knell for the Netbook, the small, Atom processor-based … Read more
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During this week's Computex trade show in Taiwan, Intel announced plans to support a new laptop category it calls the Ultrabook. These laptops will highlight thin bodies, Intel CPUs, and possibly touch screens (or other tabletlike features), and are targeted to cost less than $1,000.
On the surface, this sounds like a plan for slightly less-expensive versions of the MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9, although even slightly under $1,000 is considered a premium price for a laptop.
This is actually Intel's second stab at this market. A year ago, Intel was pushing its consumer ultralow-voltage CPUs, or CULV, in an effort to help PC makers bring thinner laptops to consumers. These systems largely died on the vine, as the low-voltage versions of Intel's Core-series CPUs had disappointing performance without really boosting battery life all that much. Intel called those systems "ultrathin" laptops, but the concept never really caught on. Acer, for example, dropped the CULV chips for full-voltage ones in its slim TimelineX series.
Though thinner, more powerful laptops are always a laudable goal, is Intel's claim that by 2012 these new Ultrabook laptops will account for 40 percent of the laptop market realistic? Considering some of the most popular laptops on CNET are already reasonably thin (but not as thin as the Ultrabook promise of 0.8 inch) and cost well under $1,000, the Ultrabook may be another case of a solution in search of a problem. Recent examples of laptops that balance size, power, and price include Dell's $999 0.97-inch XPS 15z, Toshiba's $749 1.1-inch Portege R835, and HP's 1.2-inch, AMD-powered Pavilion dm1z.
Remember that Netbooks were largely an organic phenomenon--consumer demand for these small, low-cost machines forced PC makers to embrace the previously obscure category. A top-down pronouncement on what consumers want from companies looking to sell new hardware is a much tougher sell.
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Intel will try to mainstream thin laptops that take design cues from tablets, company executives said, as the chipmaker launches the new blueprint at the Computex trade show on Tuesday.
The "Ultrabook" will combine the performance of a laptop with "tablet-like features" in a "thin, light and elegant design," Intel Executive Vice President Sean Maloney said in a statement, implying that Intel hopes to blunt some of the market momentum of tablets like the iPad. Maloney, the newly named chairman of Intel China, is scheduled to speak at Computex on Tuesday.
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