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At Microsoft's booth in Computex 2012, we spotted a notebook we least expected to encounter - the Toshiba U840W Ultrabook with an ultra widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio display. Screaming of premium build and an unusual screen size, it's a niche product.
Samsung's booth at Computex 2012 was full of bright, shiny devices. But the ones that caught our eyes were their new touch-enabled Series 5 Ultra Touch and Ultra Convertible Ultrabooks. Here's what we think about them after a quick hands on session.
Ultrabooks with touch screen are expected to dominate the laptop market this year with the launch of Microsoft's latest Windows 8 operating system.
An innovative new dual-display screen from ASUS, the Taichi is a lightweight ultrabook that features these LED-backlit IPS, full 1080p screens back-to-back. The Taichi blurs the line between an ultrabook and a tablet; it even takes that integration of the two to a new level.
When Ultrabooks were first released, it was still relatively easy to identify them. However, manufacturers are releasing even more form factors these days which has led to quite a bit of confusion. Thankfully, Intel has stepped in to clarify just what it takes to be labelled an Ultrabook.
Acer announces new ultrabooks and notebooks including the Aspire M5-481TG Timeline Ultra which features long battery life with Acer innovations, the slender and light Aspire V5-471G, and the razor thin Aspire S5 with a hidden I/O panel.
Right now, Ultrabook prices are a little out of reach for some consumers, while others may complain about its small storage space. Both issues are directly associated with the Ultrabook's reliance on SSDs, but hybrid drives might just be the solution that PC manufacturers are looking for.
Google recently filed for a multi-touch trackpad patent that seems to indicate Android is gearing up to appear on notebooks. Is this an indication of a bigger mobile computing trend to come?