Lenovo has made its ThinkPad X230S official. The X230S is the successor to the X230 and X200 Thinkpad notebooks. The new model has ultrabook processor, the Core i5 3337U. It is also very thin, now measuring only 17.7 mm and weighs between 28.1 and 31.1 kilograms.
The chassis, as expected is made of carbon fiber and has similar characteristics as one finds in other Thinkpad models. You get backlit AccuType keyboard with isolated (chiclet) style keys for better typing experience in dimly / dark rooms. The design of X230S is flatter than before, and its display can be lowered to up to 180 degrees now. Overall, it looks much more elegant and modern than before.
Asus has rolled out Vivobook S500 ultrabook notebook that runs Windows 8 OS and features full numpad. Specs include 15.6 inch display, Core i7 3517U processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabite Ethernet, 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, headphone/microphone combo and Kensington lock port. Asus Vivobook measures 15.08 x 10.20 x 0.85 inches and is priced at 699 Euro.
The Intel Core i5 3337U is a ULV processor for ultrabooks that is based on Ivy Bridge architecture. It runs at 1.8GHz clock speed and automatically overclocks to 2.7GHz under Turbo boost mode. Here are Core i5 3337U benchmark results:
1. 3DMARK 06 – 3125
2. CINEBENCH R10 – 7224
3. 3DMARK VANTAGE – 8402
4. PASSMARK – 3350
5. PCMARK 7 – 4534
Samsung has released a slew of premium ultrabooks in Germany under NP900X3E model – all of which come with full HD display with incredibly high brightness levels of 300 cd/m2. Weighing at just 1.16 kilograms, the Samsung NP900X3E measures 313.8 x 218.5 x 12.9 millimeters.
The Intel Core i7 3537U is a super fast ULV processor for ultrabook laptops. It is based on Ivy Bridge architecture and runs at 2GHz clock speed and turbo boosts to 2.9GHz when required. Since the i7 3537U is an Ivy Bridge processor and thus produced using 22nm manufacturing technology.
Toshiba Gulf has made the Satellite U920T available in South Africa. This 12.5 inch convertible ultrabook is great for those who an amazingly compact machine without compromising on the performance front.
Last year at the CEBIT 2012, Gigabyte released U2440 ultrabook laptop and this year, the company has expanded that lineup with the new 14 inch U2242 Extreme ultrabook. Under the hood, you will find a high performance 256GB mSATA SSD, 750GB HDD (5400rpm), Nvidia GT650 / GT730M and either Core i7 3517U or i7 3537U processors.
The Core i5 3427U is the latest Ivy Bridge processor for ultrabook laptops. It features hyperthreading technology with which it is able to handle up to 4 thread simultaneously. The 3427U CPU runs at 1.8GHz clock speed under normal mode and automatically overclocks to 2.8GHz under turbo boost mode. In this benchmark / review, we are using Dell Latitude 6430u.
LG has released a new 1.15 kg ultrabook at the CES 2013. They are calling it Z360 and is one of lightest ultrabooks and most portable laptops around. The screen size is 13.3 inch and packs full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Without great pomp and show, MSI has launched a new ultra book called S30. Sporting a modern design and white color, this new MSI ultrabook features a 13.3 inch screen (packing 1366 x 768 pixel resolution). MSI S30 ultrabook is 20mm thick and weighs 1.4 kilograms.
Velocity Micro has rolled out three new models to start their new year. These new models are NoteMagix U430, U450 and U470. All look same from out the outside and feature solid aluminum bodies. These ultrabooks weigh less than pounds and pack 14 inch 1366 x 768 pixel resolution displays.
Asus S550CM is an ultrabook with 15.6 inch screen for the budget minded people. It is also for those who find the Asus Zenbooks a bit too expensive or do not have any need for the full HD screen. Specs include 15.6 inch screen, 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 1.3 MP camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, combo audio jack, VGA, 1x USB 3.0 port, HDMI, LAN, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 44 Whr battery, microphone, card reader, 500GB / 320GB (with 32GB SSD as cache) and Core i7 3517U / Core i5 3317u / i3 3217u / i3 2365m, Pentium 987 or Celeron 847 processor.
Dell has released an Ubuntu version of their XPS 13 ultrabook that is being aimed at the developers who want an ultrabook pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linux operating system. Available for purchase for 1450 dollars, this XPS 13 ubuntu model packs pretty impressive specs – you get an Intel Core i7 3517u processor, 8GB RAM, 13.3 inch screen, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 256GB SSD and as expected, the latest version of Ubuntu, the 12.04 LTS. The XPS 13 with Ubuntu weighs a modest 2.99 pounds and comes with one year of pro support from Dell. The screen is made from Gorilla Glass for maximum durability and chassis is made from carbon fiber and aluminum. It measures just 6mm on its thinnest edge and 18mm at its thickest point.
Dosupara has released Note GALLERIA QF620U, a 14.1 inch (1366 x 768) ultrabook style laptop, powered by Intel Core i7 3517u 1.9GHz processor, Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Nvidia GT 620M GPU, DVD super drive and runs Windows 7 home premium operating system. Ports selection include 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, card reader slot, 1.3MP webcam, headphone and microphone jack.
Acer has finally released the W700 in various markets. From outside, it is basically a slate tablet but has innards of an ultrabook. Specs include, Intel Core i3 3217u 1.8GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, Intel HD77 Express chipset, USB 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI, and 5 MP camera. Both VGA and HDMI connectors are included in the package. Check out Intel Core i3 3217u benchmark.
There are not a lot of options if you are looking for an ultrabook with built in optical drive. If you live in Europe, we suggest getting the Medion S4216 that goes for just 599 Euros. For that price, one would expect mediocre specs, but Medion will prove you wrong one more time as it packs pretty amazing specs.
Lenovo S230u, also known as Thinkpad Twist is a convertible ultrabook that is priced at just 746 dollars. Inside, you will find a i3 or i5 3317u processor with Intel HD 4000 graphics; 320GB HDD (with 24GB SSD as cache), 4GB RAM, 12.5 inch screen and 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Other specs include include 2x USB3.0 ports, 2x WiDi capable Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, mini displayport, mini HDMI and ethernet port.
The Acer S7 391 9886 is an extremely good looking ultrabook that comes pre-loaded with Windows 8 operating system and full HD touch screen. It comes with Core i7 3517U processor, 4GB RAM, HD 4000 graphics and 128GB SSD. It has super fast solid state drive and processor, thus giving blistering performance to the end user. However, its 4 hour battery life turned us down in a big way.
Asus Transformer Book, also known as TX300 is up for pre-order in US and Europe. It runs Windows 8 operating system and is expected to be released in the month of December. TX300 is available in different display sizes – 11.6, 13.3 and 14 inches, all packing full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Dell XPS 12 belongs to a new type of ultrabooks that feature touchscreen display designed in hand with Windows 8 operating system. The XPS 12 has same design as the XPS 13 ultrabook and adds a swivel screen that converts it to a tablet.