Ultrabooks: Netbooks, Notebooks and Tablets that will have users trembling with delight
Lenovo’s IdeaPad U310 made its way out of the pack and was an outlier at CES as an ultrabook with a target price of around $700 among a sea of laptops priced at $1,000 and higher. Lenovo got the price down on this 13-in. notebook by using a hard drive with solid state cache instead of solid state storage throughout and by using a slightly thicker design, measuring 0.7 in. Still, it uses a glass trackpad, giving the cursor a MacBook Air-like feel. Look for the U310 in the second quarter.
Samsung’s Series 5 Ultra differs from the majority of ultrabooks with its DVD drive, which the company added in response to customer feedback. (The Samsung representative I spoke to described it as a “security blanket” for people who are afraid to abandon optical media entirely.) Nonetheless, the Series 5 Ultra maintains a slim profile of 0.82 in. thick. It’s launching on Jan. 30 for $899 and up.
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