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Intel’s Ultra Convertibles Review – Look at What ‘s New

By Barbara Keer

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Last year my family wanted to get me an IPad.  It seems that everyone has a tablet of one kind or another.  Out of a purse comes a slim line tablet and finger starts sliding, pictures are taken, GPS service accomplished.  So why was it that I did not want one, too?  It was because the computer aspect in the tablets I knew about was not adequate for my needs.  But, suddenly, things have changed.  With the new line of Intel Ultra Convertibles choices abound.

 



Recently, I had the chance to see many of these new models in action.  It is a hard choice with so many now available and each one looking more intriguing than the next. I found the new designs amazed me with what’s possible with just one device.  I would really like to “unwrap an Ultrabook” this holiday season, wouldn’t you?

 

I visited Best Buy to see what could be purchased and Lenovo was prominently displayed in its various “Yoga” positions.  The staff was very enthusiastic about it. I still plan to visit Office Depot, Office Max and Staples to check the other convertibles

 

The combination of the touch screen, which is an instinctive way for people to express themselves, learn and interact in combination with a computer powerful enough to manage complex programs is irresistible. Because of our instincts in using touch to understand the world, both older and younger users are finding a new love for computing because of the availability of touch-screen technology.

 

Other features that are very impressive include security in that Ultrabook systems are equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel® Anti-Theft technology that lets people automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen3.  Another feature is the ultra-fast start-up. Intel® Rapid Start Technology gets your system up and running faster from even the deepest sleep, saving time and battery life. The system wakes up almost instantly and gives users quick access to their data and applications.  And I am really excited about the extended battery life. Ultrabook devices offer between 5 and 8 hours of battery life, even in the sleekest form factors, and last much longer when not in use than traditional notebooks. An Ultrabook is also enabled with features that help protect itself and its user. Ultrabook bios/firmware is enabled to expose hardware features for Intel® Anti-Theft Technology and Intel® Identity Protection Technology.

 

Just trying out some of the new Ultra Convertibles is a treat but even more fun to choose and use one.  Look for these.

 



Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Ultrabook*

• Features 360-degree flip-and-fold design, use as a

notebook, tablet, stand or tent

• Only 0.67” (16.9mm)-thick and weighs 3.4 lbs. (1.54kg)

• 10-point multi-touch, 13.3” HD+ (1600 x 900)

screen with wide viewing angle

• Up to 8GB memory, up to 256GB SSD storage

• Estimated 8 hours battery life

• OS: Windows 8*, 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor

• Starting at $1,099 USD

 



Asus Taichi Ultrabook*

• Two displays: touch screen on

the outside of the lid plays the

role of both Ultrabook and tablet

• Two screens can operate

independently and be used

simultaneously for a host of

innovative new applications

• Multi-touch and stylus support

• Full-size QWERTY backlit

keyboard and track pad

• Fast SSD storage and dual band

802.11n Wi-Fi

• Comes in 11.6” and 13.3” models

with double-sided LED-backlit

IPS/FHD display

• OS: Windows 8*, 3rd generation

Intel® Core™ processor

• Starting at $1,299 USD

 



Dell XPS Duo 12 Ultrabook*

• Ultrabook convertible with innovative flip hinge

design that allows an easy transition from

Ultrabook to tablet mode

• Full HD screen, providing 2x more pixels than

a standard HD display

• Thoughtful design, crafted from premium materials,

including machined aluminum, carbon fiber

and Corning® Gorilla® Glass*

• OS: Windows 8*, 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor

• Starting at $1,199.99 USD

 



Toshiba Satellite U920T*/U925T Ultrabook*

• 12.5’’ touch screen transforms from laptop to tablet

mode with five-finger touch input

• SSD with a 256 GB storage capacity

• Includes 2x USB 3.0, Sleep and Charge, HDMI®, SD™ Card

reader, audio combo jack (microphone in/headset out)

• Intel® Wireless Display technology for wireless streaming

of content to the large screen of a compatible TV

• Anti-finger coating on scratch resistant

Corning® Gorilla® Glass*

• Stereo speakers enhanced by SRS Premium Sound 3D

• OS: Windows 8*, 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor

• Starting at $1,149.99 USD

 

Check out the new products that can twist (Flip, Turn or Spin) on laptops and tablets this Holiday Season. It is a great time to be a consumer.

 

Photos:  Intel and B.Keer

 

 

 

 

Published on Dec 15, 2012

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