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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.
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?
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses HP’s most powerful mobile workstation yet, the Elitebook 8770w Mobile Workstation with DreamColor, and why it’s a good choice for high-end, color-critical work. The video highlights the DreamColor display technology, which features 10-bits per color channel.
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.
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.
Teaching notebook computers the art of yoga seems to be catching on, as the Dell is making a valiant attempt to master that art form with the XPS 11. This aesthetically pleasing laptop is expected to come equipped with an 11.6” high definition IPS multi-touch display supporting resolutions up to 2560 x 1440.
ASUS is no stranger to hybrid computers. Last year at Computex, ASUS announced the Transformer P1801 18.4” Tablet & All-in-One Desktop Computer. Well, it looks like ASUS has not finished creating more hybrid devices because today at Computex, they announced another hybrid computer: the 11.6” Transformer Book Trio.
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.
The Intel Ultrabook is great for mobile use. Its ultraportable design makes it easy to travel with while its Ivy Bridge Intel Core processor and solid-state drive give you the performance you need to stay productive. However, while most Utlrabooks have high-quality screens, they lack size, which may make watching a movie or viewing photos a little lackluster.
When considering gaming and computing, most thoughts will turn to large desktop systems with SLI/Crossfire graphics cards, double digit RAM and high-end Intel® XEON™ eight-core processors. Some will argue that certain precisely configured laptop systems can come close to delivering a satisfying gaming experience.