Ultrabooks

Operating Systems Updated: What's Changed?

When Windows 8 was released on August 1of this year, its reception was fairly mixed. With a heavy emphasis on the touch capabilities of tablets and touch-enabled computers, Microsoft unintentionally alienated many of its desktop users.

Ultrabooks™ Explained

You may have heard the term Ultrabook™ tossed around like a ship in a storm. Everybody wants to sell you their Ultrabook—but what is the difference between an Ultrabook and a regular notebook or laptop computer? You’ve come to the right place for a complete breakdown on what an Ultrabook is, and what to look for when buying one.

Ultrabook versus MacBook

Serious players in the mobile computing field know what they want from their laptops—power, portability, and panache—but getting all three in one place is a little tougher than one would expect. Apple fans will tell you that the Cupertino-based retailer has been supplying all three in their MacBook Air models.

Going from a Tablet to an Ultrabook™

You’ve probably all heard the hype by now: tablets are set to overtake the laptop market by 2015, with sales of tablets pushing expensive laptops out as the number-one tech purchase. You can thank Apple for that hype—sales of the iPad were astronomical at one point, opening the door for literally hundreds of other manufacturers to make tablets.

The New Acer Aspire V7

When writing a review of a new Ultrabook or notebook computer, I always start with the basics. What does this “new” Ultrabook or notebook bring to the table? Why would I ever consider ditching my nine-year-old laptop— which has served me fairly well despite having an ancient 320GB hard drive and no Wireless N capability—for something else?

Sony VAIO Notebooks Get Fit; Sony VAIO Ultrabooks™ Go Pro

Sony has started to simplify the product names of their notebook computers, which helps avoid the confusion of long model numbers. Now, Sony VAIO notebooks are moving toward having a more recognizable name for certain series of models.

Computex 2013 Honorable Mentions

The highly successful Computex 2013 show in Taipei wrapped up its week-long showcase of new and upcoming laptops and tablets, and we have brought some of the highlights to you. We wanted to mention a few items that we didn’t get to talk about since, which were showcased at the event.

Sony Introduces the VAIO Pro Ultrabooks™

Sony discontinued their Z Series Ultrabooks™, much to the ire of PC professionals. Many believed Sony would focus on unique Windows 8 computers, such as the VAIO Duo Ultrabooks with the slider form factor, or possibly join the fray of tablet/laptop hybrid computers that have capacitive touchscreens and detachable keyboards.

Acer Revamps the Aspire S7 Series Ultrabooks

At last year’s Computex, Acer introduced their Aspire S7 Series Ultrabooks, which turned out to be solid examples of what Ultrabooks should be. The Acer Aspire S7 Series Ultrabooks provided reliable performance in a super-slim, ultra-portable design.

Samsung: The ATIV Brand Unification

Samsung announced on April 25 that all previous Samsung Windows PC products will now be unified under the ATIV brand. ATIV was originally used by Samsung for their convertible PC devices, but the convergence of technologies is now unified under the ATIV brand.

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