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  • 03/02/2012 07:14 blog.batteryfast.co.uk The Most Anticipated Ultrabook of 2012 The Most Anticipated Ultrabook of 2012 Below you’ll find a brief executive summary of each one, linked to more in-depth coverage, with our CloudTags: CES 2012 , laptops , 2012 , ultrabook take on why it’s a lustworthy machine. Check out , battery life uk , Toshiba pa3536u-1brs , Hp pavilion the contenders, then vote in our poll. Or, if you have dv4 batteries , compaq pavilion dv6 battery life a different choice, let us know in the comments section below. If you’ve watched our extensive laptop coverage from CES 2012, only to look down at your own bus- ted-up old clunker of a machine, then 2012 might be the year you buy a new laptop. And with so many high-end, high-design systems hitting store shelves this year, there are more wor- thy candidates than ever to choose from, and many of them fall into the still-new ultrabook category. If you need a refresher on what “ultrabook” means, it’s an Intel marketing term (much like Centrino was), encompassing a growing category of Windows laptops that are thin and reasonably powerful (ty- HP Envy 14 Spectre pically under 188 millimeters thick with the latest Estimated price: $1,499, Q1 2012 Core i-series processors), with good battery life and at least some solid-state-drive (SSD) storage. The winner of our Computers and Hardware Besthttp://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/the-most-anticipated-ultrabook-of-2012/ of CES category, this glass-covered beast is certainly With all the ultrabooks already confirmed for 2012, unique. We’re still not convinced a glass-lid laptop it’s a fairly safe bet that your next laptop will be a can survive in the wild, but the NFC support and very thin one. great audio controls are big pluses. Running from just under $1,000 to $1,500 or more, the 2012 laptops that seem the most exciting aren’t exactly the least expensive we’ve ever seen, espe- cially after several years of falling prices, but at least they all look good. Our question for you is: based on design, price, com- ponents, and features, which of these highly antici- pated 2012 laptops are you hoping to buy this year? Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 1
  • 03/02/2012 07:14 blog.batteryfast.co.uk The Most Anticipated Ultrabook of 2012 Samsung Series 9 Estimated price: $1,399, Q1 2012 Dell XPS 13 Last year’s big design winner was the ultraslim Sam- Estimated price: $999, Q1 2012 sung Series 9, which hit before anyone had ever heard of an ultrabook. This year’s version is even The look and feel remind us of Dell corporate Lati- slicker, but still on the expensive side for what you tude line spliced with a MacBook Air, rather than get. previous XPS laptops, and inside it has edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass over the screen and a large clickpad. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Estimated price: $1,199, Q2/3 2012 Another laptop we’ll have to wait for Windows 8 to get our hands on, the Yoga works perfectly fine as a standard clamshell laptop, but its lid flips all thehttp://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/the-most-anticipated-ultrabook-of-2012/ way back to form a touch-screen tablet, providing extra flexibility (no pun intended) in how you use it. Acer Aspire S5 Estimated price: $999, Q2/3 2012 The S5 is 15mm thick–2mm thinner than last year’s Aspire S3–weighs less than 3 pounds, and has a sleek Onyx Black magnesium alloy chassis. More impor- tantly, the ports–HDMI, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt– are tucked away via a motorized rear port door. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 2
  • 03/02/2012 07:14 blog.batteryfast.co.uk The Most Anticipated Ultrabook of 2012 Not a 15-inch MacBook Air. 15-inch Apple MacBook Air Estimated price: $1,699 or more, sometime in 2012 A shot in the dark here, but there have been enough rumors and online chatter about a larger version of Apple’s MacBook Air that it must be on at least some people’s list of most-lusted-after laptops of 2012. If there is indeed a 15-inch Air, it could very well hit sometime around midyear, when the next generation of Intel CPUs is expected, and would most likely involve a decent premium over the existing 11- and 13-inch versions. Related Articles:http://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/the-most-anticipated-ultrabook-of-2012/ Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 3 View slide