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Ultrabooks to finally out-ship notebooks after 20% price slash

Ultrabooks are forecast to overtake notebook shipments by mid 2012 after swingeing price cuts appear to be finally reeling in some UK punters, particularly in the enterprise. This is according to channel box-counter Context, armed with distributor sales-out stats that show a six fold rise in 13.3 inch utrabooks - 80 per cent of …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2012

New Intel Ultrabooks to spray HOT JUICE into mobes

Intel will build wireless charging into its svelte laptops, aka Ultrabooks, and smartphones by the middle of 2013, according to whisperings on Chinese rumour mill Digitimes Using the chip giant's own in-house technology, the mobes' batteries are topped up over the air by the Ultrabooks. Apparently the phones can be held anywhere …
Anna Leach, 13 Aug 2012
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Race to super-slim Ultrabooks: More ultra-thin hybrid drives on way

WD is developing thin and ultra-thin hybrid hard disk drives for the Ultrabooks market with a likely transition to energy-assisted recording in 2015 – enabling 1TB 2.5-inch disk drive platters. This was revealed through analyst briefings by WD CEO John Coyne and CFO Wolfgang Nickl, and we have Stifel Nicolaus' Aaron Rakers to …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2012
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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

Buyers of Dell's Latitude 6430u Ultrabook have noticed a very unpleasant bug: a strong odour resembling cat urine. News of the 6430u's fragrant emissions appear in this thread in Dell's support forums. Complaints started in June 2013 when a user named “three west” wrote “So a few weeks ago I got a new Lattitude 6430u for work. …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2013
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Acer: $499 Ultrabooks in 2013

Acer says it's going to cut Ultrabook prices. But you're going to have to wait until Q2 2012 for the skinny notebooks to become cheaper - and a year for them to get really low-cost. Company president Jim Wong apparently said Acer will knock $100-200 (£64-128) off the $999 (£637) pre-tax price tag in the second quarter of 2012, …
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2011
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Intel preps Thunderbolt docking tech for Ultrabooks

Intel is developing a would-be standard docking connector for Ultrabooks. The technology is based on its Thunderbolt bus. The spec, revealed by VR-Zone, calls for a chunky plug that combines a mini Thunderbolt port and a proprietary connector for power and other data buses. What vendors connect the other end to is up to them: …
Tony Smith, 28 Nov 2011
Asus Zenbook UX31E

Europeans turn backs on Ultrabooks

Europeans don't want Ultrabooks - and their lack of interest in the platform will hit Intel's platform market share forecast where it hurts. So reckon Taiwanese notebook component makers, quoted by DigiTimes, some of who have suggested that far from accounting for 40 per cent of the notebook market, as Intel has predicted, …
Tony Smith, 15 Feb 2012
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

Acer has downgraded sales forecasts for Ultrabooks as the relatively hefty price tag and smaller screen size continues to limit adoption in Europe. The PC maker had expected the super skinny platform to comprise between 25 and 35 per cent of total notebook sales globally by the end of this year. "Overall the Ultrabook segment …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2012

Intel CEO Otellini promises $699 ultrabooks by fall

Despite relatively slow initial sales of the thin and light laptops that his company is making such a huge bet on, Intel headman Paul Otellini remains bullish on ultrabooks, and is confident that $699 versions of the svelte "reinvented PCs" will hit store shelves this fall. "Ultrabooks continue to build momentum, and achieved …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jul 2012
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Cheap Ultrabooks? Not before 2013

Hoping for Ultrabook prices to plummet before you take the plunge? You may have to wait a while. These skinny laptops won't hit the $599-699 (£379-442) band until 2013, notebook manufacturers reckon. And this glum forecast is shared by component makers, DigiTimes says. They believe that while SSDs in particular are so pricey, as …
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2012
LG Xnote Z330 Ultrabook

Punters to pick up cheap laptops not Ultrabooks

Ultrabooks are still too darn pricey for punters, with the new skinny laptops' average selling price during Q4 2011 63 per cent higher than that of regular notebooks. Worse, said UK-based market watcher Context, which released the figures today, Ultrabooks are, on average, more than three times the price of a netbook. Context, …
Tony Smith, 25 Jan 2012
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra laptop

Ultrabooks to account for 35% of Acer laptop shipments

We already know that, having failed to set the world alight with its tablets, Acer is keen to talk up alternatives, most notably Intel's Ultrabook platform. So it comes as little surprise that the PC maker is saying it's going to sell a lot of them this year. Specifically, it reckons at least a quarter and perhaps more than a …
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 2012
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Intel bets the farm on touch-enabled 'convertible and detachable' Ultrabooks

To hear Intel tell it, the days of the good ol' laptop are numbered, and the future belongs to touch-enabled convertibles – laptops that lead a double life as both clamshells and tablets. "We fundamentally believe that there's a convergence happening between what traditionally have been notebook computing and tablet computing, …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2013
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Ultrabooks will devour notebook biz by 2016 - report

All notebooks will look like Ultrabooks in five years' time as vendors find cheaper ways of offering the shiny Intel-based machines, according to a new report. The report's author also speculated that this move could force Apple to ditch its MacBook Air and look for a new form factor to invent. A new Juniper Research forecast …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2012
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Notebook makers cautious about Ultrabooks

Notebook makers are playing it cautious with Ultrabooks, it seems, limiting shipments to 50,000 or less as the gauge demand through the remainder of 2011. So say manufacturer moles cited by DigiTimes. Their caution is explained by their experience with past Intel notebook initiatives, most notably for so-called "CULV" - Consumer …
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2011
Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks won't smash tablets, says analyst

Ultrabooks will not outsell tablets, the next five years at least, though the new skinny laptop category will experience unit-shipment growth three times as fast as the tablet. So says UK-based market watcher Juniper Research. It predicts that 178m Ultrabooks will ship in 2016, from just under 20m in 2012. But the number of …
Tony Smith, 24 Jan 2012
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks: objects of desire but just too darn expensive

Here's a snippet of market data of interest to folk keeping tabs on the Ultrabook market. In the UK, during the past four years, laptops costing £800 or more have never taken more than 7.5 per cent of notebook sales as a whole. That's no great surprise, perhaps - you'd expect cheaper laptops to outsell pricey ones. But it is a …
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2012
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Intel inks deal to let Ultrabooks leech off Wi-Fi net

Intel has signed a deal with Devicescape to integrate the company's freeloading Wi-Fi network into Ultrabooks as part of Intel's Smart Connect Technology, which lets devices link up even when they're not switched on. Devicescape's technology lets devices automatically connect to the numerous free Wi-Fi points that we're told are …
Bill Ray, 30 May 2012

Flashy mutant Ultrabooks to shove pure SSD chaps off cliff

Storage industry research firm TrendFocus says Ultrabooks will increasingly use hybrid disk drives for their near-SSD speed, HDD capacity and ability to undercut pure SSD Ultrabook prices. Seagate thinks hybrid drives will eventually enter every part of its product portfolio. According to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers, …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2012
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Intel pushes Ultrabooks for Xmas

Intel may be keen for World+Dog to buy an Ultrabook this Christmas - it's "working with industry partners to deliver mainstream-priced products beginning this holiday season" - but smart buyers may choose to wait until 2012. The chip giant will show off Ultrabooks based on its upcoming 22nm 'Ivy Bridge' CPU "early next year", …
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2011
LG Xnote Z330 Ultrabook

Third-gen Ultrabooks must offer USB 3.0, anti-theft tech

"Ultrabook", you'll recall, is an Intel trademark. If you want to use the name in association with your laptop, you need to follow the chip giant's rules. Those edicts have been extended for third-generation machines, which, Intel hopes, will spearhead the platform's entry into the mainstream. There are three new requirements a …
Tony Smith, 31 May 2012
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Intel plans massive push around touchy-feely Ultrabooks

Intel is planning its biggest marketing campaign since the launch of Centrino in 2003 in an attempt to make Ultrabook laptops and tablet-hybrids more attractive to buyers. Speaking at Intel's investor briefing day, Kirk Skaugen, Chipzilla's recent replacement to head its PC Client group, promised 110 reference designs for …
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2012
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Intel to turn Ultrabooks, all-in-one desktops into giant tablets

Intel wants to turn laptops and even desktops into tablets in order to reverse the decline in the personal computer market. To that end, it unwrapped two form-factors it will be promoting to get tablet-hungry consumers back buying PCs. Well, if you can't beat 'em... Ultrabooks will remain Intel's "hero product", according to …
Tony Smith, 11 Sep 2012

Forget Ultrabooks and Win 8 - only fondleslabs can save us now

Only the fondleslab can save the flatlining PC market this year, as sales of traditional platforms continue to flatline – and nothing on the horizon suggests a buying frenzy is likely in the second half of the year. At least this is the view of top channel bean-counter Context, which tracks distributor output. The analyst …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2012

Intel implants cash register to help flog Ultrabooks

MasterCard and Intel have announced they'll be working together to put NFC readers into Ultrabooks that will secure online shopping as well as user identity. The agreement between Intel and MasterCard involves putting PayPass-compatible terminals into Ultrabooks, so any thus-equipped Ultrabook will be able to operate as an …
Bill Ray, 14 Nov 2011
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Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

The global PC market contracted in the last three months of 2011 and Ultrabooks failed to take off, Gartner's preliminary results showed yesterday. A rise in the demand for PCs during the quarter in both Asia and Latin America was not enough to offset the drop-off when compared to the same period in 2010 in the United States (6 …
Anna Leach, 12 Jan 2012
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Ultrabooks will rescue PC industry – beancounters

Ultrabooks will give stagnating notebook sales and the wider PC components industry a shot in the arm, but only when prices are chopped, beancounter IHS iSuppli has warned. Low-cost laptops no longer whet the appetite of tablet iPad-hungry consumers, but PC makers didn't realise this until it was too late and a mountain of …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2011
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Intel out to add NFC payment tech to Ultrabooks

Intel wants to build contactless payment tech into Ultrabooks. The chip giant today announced a partnership with MasterCard to work on bringing the credit card company's tap-to-pay PayPass system to PCs. The idea is clear: order something on the web then pay for it by tapping your PayPass-enabled credit card or NFC-equipped …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2011
Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook

Shrinking iPads, Ultrabooks will lead to disk boost: WD boss

WD showed a slide at its annual summit earlier this month that described the current computing market as "very chaotic". That would be a highly relative description, given the storage giant had booked the summit into Istanbul just as a sit-in at a park in the Turkish city had escalated into a three-day battle between protesters …
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2013
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Intel to ship 30 MILLION Ultrabooks in 2012 - report

Intel has reportedly estimated that Ultrabook shipments will not exceed 30 million in 2012, a figure which could be some way lower than the one bandied about by CEO Paul Otellini, who predicted that 40 per cent of consumer notebooks would be Ultrabooks by the end of the year. The reports admittedly came from the rather dubious “ …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Apr 2012
Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook

Sales show tablets and Ultrabooks not rivals

Intel's hope that it can take on and beat the tablet with skinny laptops - Ultrabooks - may prove unfounded, in the UK at least. That's the conclusion to be drawn from sales value data released by GfK, a market watcher, which shows that while tablets took a greater share of over-the-counter sales in February compared to February …
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2012

If Ultrabooks lasted longer, would YOU open your wallet?

Unfruity Ultrabook users will be able to keep it up for longer with LSI's specially enhanced SandForce controllers. The SF-2100 and -2200 Flash Storage Processors as they are called handle flash so sensitively that Ultrabook users may get an extra hour of battery life compared to other, non-specified controllers. It's all to do …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012
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Ultrabooks are doomed unless prices tumble

Ultrabooks are likely to be a flop with hard-up shoppers until prices fall by at least 25 per cent, market watcher Gartner has warned. Reports today from the Far East indicate that early adoption rates of the nascent platform have fallen below expectations: Acer and Asustek are reported to have slashed orders with their …
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2011
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Mutant heroes to rescue Ultrabooks from price trap

Is Seagate clever or what? In order to get to a $600 entry price, Ultrabook makers are looking to shave off cost by using hybrid flash-disk drives instead of separate flash and disk drives. Because Seagate is the only hybrid drive supplier, with its Momentus XT product, the company is looking extraordinarily well-positioned …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2012
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Acer founder: 'Tablets, ultrabooks just a fad'

Those tablets and razor-thin "ultrabooks" that are grabbing all the headlines these days are just passing fads, says the founder of PC-maker Acer. According to a report by DigiTimes, Acer's Stan Shih – yes, he of the "Stan Shih Smile Curve" – says that PCs remain the foundation of the IT industry, and that the industry needs …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Aug 2011
Intel Ivy Bridge mobile

Ivy Bridge for Ultrabooks

The one thing missing at the launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPU technology was detail on the dual-core and lower powered chips for the mobile market segment, in particular, for its Ultrabook concept. The recent launch of the ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) and dual-core standard voltage mobile Ivy Bridge parts has revealed all, with the …
Simon Crisp, 20 Aug 2012

Hitachi GST waggles nippy 2.5-incher at Ultrabooks

Remember Hitachi GST's 500GB single-platter Travelstar? Well, now it spins faster and jets out data quicker, possibly having been accelerated for the Ultrabook market. In December 2010 the Z5K500 2.5-incher rotated at 5,400 RPM and had a measly 4MB cache and 3Gbit/s SATA interface. Behold the Z7K500 marvel: 7,200 RPM, 32MB cache …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2012
Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks vs tablets: tablet demise greatly exaggerated

If you read stories on the interweb, almost all of them sourced from a DigiTimes article, that tablet sales will be whammed next year by Ultrabooks, consider. The claim is primarily made by Acer VP Scott Lin who, not at all coincidentally, announced Acer's Aspire S3 Ultrabook in Taiwan the day before the Digitimes article …
Tony Smith, 29 Sep 2011
Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook

First Ultrabooks surface at IFA

While Toshiba was announcing the Portégé Z830 - a 18mm-thick 13.3in notebook matched to Intel's Ultrabook spec - Lenovo was taking the wraps off the IdeaPad U300s - also an Ultrabook. Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook The spec is defined entirely by the chip giant - you want to use the Ultrabook trademark on your machine, you …
Tony Smith, 01 Sep 2011
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Ultrabooks adopt Chipzilla's vPro

Intel has shown off kit galore using the third generation of its Core-i-series PC silicon in Australia, but used the press event at which it did so the emphasise that the new kit is imbued with its vPro management toolkit it aims at enterprise customers with fleets of PCs. The inclusion of vPro in the new silicon makes it …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jun 2012
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Samsung brings out superskinny flash drives for ultrabooks

Samsung is shipping mini-Serial ATA interface solid state drives for ultrabooks, the attempt by Intel to spark a Windows equivalent of MacBook Air thin notebooks into being. It has extended its PM830 range of 2Xnm class, 2-bit multi-level cell SSDs, with their 6Gbit/s SATA interface and 128, 256, and 512GB capacity points, by …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2011
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Acer claims first discrete graphics Ultrabooks

Acer has been busy at the CeBit trade show this week, with announcements of a fresh 15in Ultrabook and a range of slimline notebooks. The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 packs a 15in display with the latest Intel Core processor and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics chip. The latter ending sole reliance on Intel's …
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Dell, HP Ultrabooks out Q1 2012

Acer may have rushed to introduce skinny laptops based on Intel's Ultrabook specification - it debuted the Aspire S3 at the IFA show in September - but fellow top-three PC vendors Dell and HP haven't. Clearly heeding Intel's warning that much better Ultrabook-centric chippery - its next-gen 'Ivy Bridge' platform, essentially - …
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2011
Ten Ultrabooks

Ten... Ultrabooks

Reg Hardware PC Week It took a little while for the production lines to get going, but the first few months of 2012 have seen super-slim Ultrabooks completely outnumbering every other type of desktop or laptop PC coming our way. Intel’s tight definition of the Ultrabook category means that there are certain things you can …
Cliff Joseph, 12 May 2012
Intel PC Group General Manager, Mooly Eden

Intel laptop boss to make Ultrabooks context savvy

Pundits have been talking about building GPS and other sensors into notebooks for some years. Now it may actually happen. Optional for the moment, Intel is planning to mandate the addition of a variety of sensors into its Ultrabook spec. Speaking after his IDF keynote today, Intel's PC Group chief, Mooly Eden, said he wants …
Tony Smith, 14 Sep 2011
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Micron plans to force itself into tablets, ultrabooks

Micron is going to enter the market for tablet and ultrabook flash next year with mSATA solid state drives. Kevin Kilbuck, Micron's marketing director for NAND solutions, is quoted in the Taipei Times as saying Micron is talking to ultrabook makers about mSATA interface SSD supply next year. It is increasing the output of its …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2011
Intel's Kirk Skaugen at IDF 2014

What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

The PC hasn't lost the race to mobes and fondleslabs, Intel says; far from it. It's just been waiting to be reinvented yet again, and Chipzilla is now ready with this year's flavor. "Phones and tablets have been outstanding consumption devices, but we are creation people at heart," Kirk Skaugen, senior VP of the chipmaker's …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
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Micron cackles as it unveils its chameleonic FLYING DISK KILLER

Micron has a new M600 client SSD that changes flash type on the fly to accelerate writes. It's an update on the M500 series, we understand, and is made from 16nm NAND instead of the M500's 20nm. There are mSATA, M.2 and 2-5-inch SSD formats available with capacities being 128GB, 256GB and 512GB for the mSATA and M.2 formats, and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
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The Great TLC flash cash-slash: Coming soon to tablets, Ultrabooks

SMART recently announced that its controller technology, the Guardian Technology Platform, could get MLC flash to do 50 full drive writes/day for five years. Now SMART's president has said 1Xnm TLC could be driven to 15,000 to 20,000 PE cycles using SMART's Guardian controller technology, representing a 30X - 40X increase – …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2012
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

Stop anyone on the street and ask them for a definition of the term ‘Ultrabook’ and I suspect they will look at you with utter incomprehension. Hardly surprising, since Intel’s effort to create a popular brand for thin’n’light notebooks hasn’t really been a roaring success. To me, the Ultrabook is the logical evolution of the …
Alun Taylor, 22 Apr 2013