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Yesterday we saw the first review of the next-gen Asus Zenbooks. The Zenbook Prime UX31A impressed Laptop and impressed us too with a great set of improvements that brings the Zenbook Prime right up into near-perfect Ultrabook territory. Today we’ve got Anandtech giving us a similar story about the 11.6” ASUS Zenbook UX21A.
If you have any interest at all in Ultrabooks or ultrathins or even netbook-sized devices, read this review…
I reviewed the X11 last month. It was good. It wasn’t the Gigabyte X11 though! That will launch on May 31st and will undoubtedly be shown off at Computex Taipei just days later. Inside sources had already tipped me off on this one but Gigabyte seem to be keeping quiet on information because this media invite is all we have to go on right now. Source: Ubergizmo
Interestingly Gigabyte don’t mention Ultrabook here so keep an open mind. Smartbook or an Atom-based notebook are also within the scope of this invitation but we’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a premium device. Given that Gigabyte have already got the U2442 that we’re expecting to be available soon, maybe they are looking for something to come in above the Ultrabook. Sony and Samsung have the same strategy.
What does it take to be the lightest notebook on Earth?
I call the Samsung XE700 an Ultraslate. It’s effectively an Ultrabook in a tablet form factor and it comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and a docking station. It’s one of the most flexible, usable tablets I’ve seen in a long time and it’s also a design milestone. This is the first time I’ve seen desktop-class computing in under 1KG of tablet with a decent (for tablet PCs) battery life. It’s a 2011 design too which means with Ivy Bridge, those designs can move forward with smaller, lighter form facts and/or longer battery life. Once you’ve got all the electronics in the screen you can do some very cool designs including ones with detachable keyboards. Intel CFO Stacy Smith reveals in a video by The Street (below) that he’s seen such a design. We’re wondering if it’s this Compal design that we saw at CES.
“I have hands on for all the Sony Ultrabooks!” said the email from fellow Germany-based blogger Balazs Gal of Techfokus. Checking out his YouTube channel reveals three videos. That’s the Vaio T13, the Vaio T11 and a comparison video. Balazs also got confirmation, from an official representative, that there’s an Ivy Bridge version. Yes, the one we spotted!
Update: The Sony T13 and T11 have the Intel HM77 chipset with integrated USB3.0 and other new features. The more interesting part of that is that it’s the latest chipset and it supports Ivy Bridge; Another confirmation that Sony are planning to right across the low-to high-end with this product. High-end versions with 512GB SSD and an Ivy Bridge Core i7 will be well over $2000, for certain but a $700 (or thereabouts) stating price brings it to the masses. Again, Ultrabooks proving they have a high dynamic range of use cases.