Dell debuts XPS 13 Ultrabook at CES 2012

The popularity of Ultrabooks is quite evident since it first burst into the scene. There was the MacBook Air followed by the ASUS Zenbook UX31. Now comes Dell’s XPS 13.

The latter only weighs at 2.29 pounds and has a tapered design from .71 to .24 inches. It is pegged at $999 with an aluminum lid and carbon fiber chassis. Add to that its 13-inch screen and it certainly is one helluva gadget.

The entry level version comes with an i5 Core processor with a 128GB SSD and 4GB ram and a backlit keyboard. It is upgradeable to a 256SSD and i7 processor. It has a 300 nit, 1366×768 Gorilla Glass display, Intel HD 3000 graphics, Bluetooth 3.0 and the Smart Connect and Rapid Start both Intel technologies.

Dell is planning to release their Ultrabooks by February both consumer and business channels.

The XPS 13 also supports both 3.0 and 2.0 Bluetooth technology. It has a Mini Display Port, an audio jack and a 1.3 MP webcam. But just like the ASUS Zenbook, the XPS 13 doesn’t have an HDMI and no has no memory card slot.

Which makes us ask, if the MacBook Air, which is thinner than the XPS 13, has an SD card slot, why then does the latter don’t have any built in it?

HP releases teaser for Envy ‘Spectre’ Ultrabook

The Consumer Electronics Week 2012 (CES 2012) kicks off in Las Vegas in a few days. And companies are now starting to prepare their gadgets for the annual technology exhibit.

HP, for example, has  released a video teaser for their second Ultrabook. Called the “Spectre”, this will be their second try at Folios. The first was their 13.3-inch HP Folio unveiled November 2011.

Though there is a video for the “Spectre”, little details are revealed as to its identity. However, a  leak in the FCC filing a week ago shows that the new device boasts of a 14-inch display and carries Intel’s ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors.

The CES is expected to shed the spotlight on Ultrabooks and hopefully would increase PC sales this year. According to CES representatives, there are about 50 Ultrabooks to be launched in this year’s offing. Intel is going to deliver a keynote speech to reveal the company’s latest chip generations.

Ultrabooks are designed to be portable and instant-on capabilities. Just like tablets, these said devices combine portability with performance and features of notebooks.

What is clear is that pricing will play a major role in the Ultrabook’s success or failures. Low prices along with the release of Windows 8 will definitely boost sales of these new devices.

Click this link for the video teaser.

Google netbook specs leaked

What’s next for Google? A DVD player? An HDTv? A robot?

Well, with its recent forays into other markets, it’s not that hard to imagine what it’ll think up next. For now however, let us content ourselves with the current “addition” (well at least that‘s what rumors say) to its growing list of products under its belt: the Google netbook.

According to a report by England’s IBTimes, specs for the rumored netbook that Google is developing have been leaked.

The netbook, will of course, run on Google’s Chrome and will come with pre-installed Google applications like Maps, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google voice search. It will reportedly have an ARM processor (better than an Intel Atom), an Nvidia Tegra 2 graphics chip set, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of memory and an 10.1-inch, high-def multitouch display.

Google’s netbook is said to have 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port and Bluetooth capability. It sports an integrated Webcam, a multi-in-one card reader, USB ports and a 3.5mm audio jack. According to the leaked specs, users will have the choice of four-cell battery (8hours) or a six-cell battery (12hours).

IBTimes reports that the netbook from the search giant will be under $300 and be sold by Google directly to customers. In the US however, the netbooks will come bundled with a 3G plan from an undetermined mobile carrier. 😉


Students choose Netbooks over Macs

According to a study conducted by Retrevo, a consumer electronics website, a big chunk of college-bound students preparing for school are planning on getting affordable netbooks than spending a lot for a Mac laptop.

The numbers?

Only a mere 17 percent of the students say that they intend to get Macs. And although 49 percent of students plan on getting full-sized Windows laptops, 34 percent of students will be buying netbooks – placing Macs in the last place.

And with the results showing 58 percent of students planning on spending less than $750 on their laptops, it’s really a hard case for Apple to with their cheapest laptop priced at $949, PCWorld reports.

It seems that with the netbooks’ affordability (with some priced under $200) and good-enough specs, students on a tight budget are choosing practicality over Mac-xury. J

Its not that Apple aren’t targeting the education market too. This year, the company is offering a free iPod Touch with every MacBook bought. But based on Retrevo’s study, it’ll take more than an iPod Touch to get students to cash out almost a thousand bucks for a laptop.

If you do have plans on buying a MacBook, hurry up though coz Apple’s special promotion ends on September 8.


Nokia to release their own Netbooks?

It seems like more and more companies are reaching over new territories nowadays with computer makers now invading the mobile phone market. Acer has already announced that they will be developing their own smartphones. Rumors are also circulating that Dell has followed suit and is now working on a mobile phone.

Well, Nokia is also planning something, but they’re doing it the other way around.

The world’s largest maker of cell phones isn’t satisfied with just making mobile phones now that other tech markets are becoming more and more lucrative – the Netbook market to be exact.

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasyuo has told reporters at a press even in India that “the PC and the mobile will continue to come closer and merge,” the Economic Times report.

He said that the company is looking at the Netbook market to see what kind of opportunity is there.”

This news doesn’t come as a big surprise because for a certain period now, the company has slowly been developing more and more models geared more towards providing mobile Internet. Even their newest smartphone, the N97, is being marketed as a “mobile computer”.

Will it a long wait for us? We’ll certainly be keeping a lookout for this development! 🙂


Have a buck? Buy a Netbook!

Have a buck? Buy a Netbook!

Yup, you read that right – a buck for a Netbook – no kidding.

With the advent of pint-sized computers, more and more computer companies are jumping in the bandwagon and producing their own Netbook models as demand for them increases.

Mega-retailer Best Buy and Sprint has joined forces and resulted to what could be the cheapest Netbook to date. Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX Netbook will be sold for 99 cents with a two-year service contract provided by the telecommunications company and will be available in participating Best Buy stores.

The Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX Netbook runs on a 1.6GHz processor and 160GB hard drive.

The 3G wireless service from Sprint will cost you $60 a month for the 5GB data monthly for two years. I’mma do a quick math here – so the netbook’s true cost would be $1,440.

Consumer response this plan however, is still shaky as they might be deterred of the overall pricing for the Netbooks with the two-year fixed data contract when they can surf the web for free if there are Wi-Fi spots available.

Best Buy also plans to sell the Netbook to Verizon Wireless and AT&T for $199.99, again, with a two-year lock-in period.


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