drjekel_mrhyde: It's way too soon those things are still around $1000 bucks. AMD powered ones won't be out till later @ around $600 Link
British: We're not looking for thinner laptops. We're long past the days of 5-inch thick laptops. We're looking for thinner prices.
RogermcAllen: British: We're not looking for thinner laptops. We're long past the days of 5-inch thick laptops. We're looking for thinner prices.A whole lot of this. I feel like most portable electronics (laptops, phones, iPads) are as small as they should ever be.Shrink the insides, make it lighter and cheaper, but keep the damn things big enough so that they actually fit in my hand. I am also really tired of the "We can't fit a full size USB drive because of the slim form factor" bullshiat.
skazzytl: I've been thinking about getting a Samsung Series 9 ultrabook because it looks really cool and seems to be both light & powerful, but I'm unsure because (1) windows 8 is coming out in 3 months and I'm wondering if there will be even better laptops released with that, and (2) it's so thin that I'd have to carry around separate adapters like mini-hdmi to VGA in order to use it with meeting room projectors.
Unobtanium: I have been hoping that the Ultrabooks would would drive down the price of some of the "near" Ultrabooks, but it hasn't seemed to happen. Looking at 2nd gen i5 13.3 or maybe 14, but they are all still over $600, but getting closer. Seeing occasional $550 - $580 with rebates.
Msol: I need to replace my 10' Dell with something comparable.
Carth: Ultrabook is just the windows name for Macbook Air right?
KarmicDisaster: Msol: I need to replace my 10' Dell with something comparable.I can see where carrying something 10 feet wide around would be a pain.
sdd2000: drjekel_mrhyde: It's way too soon those things are still around $1000 bucks. AMD powered ones won't be out till later @ around $600 LinkPrices are dropping and while I would accept an AMD powered one, I will never buy another HP laptop. I have had nothing but problems with HP products especially laptops and their customer service is about the worst I have ever dealt with. Up until recently I also made the purchasing decisions for my former company (I retired) and we went with Dell for almost everything. Price was about the same and on a corporate account service is much better with Dell then HP.
ramblinwreck: Don't know why sales aren't better for PC ultrabooks. My wife has a Toshiba Portege Z835 and it's pretty awesome. Much faster and cooler (temperature wise) than any of her previous ones.
ha-ha-guy: Ultrabooks need to hit tablet prices. Basically you have:Tablet (mobile OS):Lots of apps from a store, good battery life but letter computing powerUltrabook (desktop OS):No app store(yet), but access to Windows native apps. Some run better than others on the multitouch environment. Lesser battery life, but that's because you have a big old i5 or something chugging away under the hood.I want a Windows ultrabook. Load my older games up onto it and play them on my Detroit to Shanghai flights. Alpha Centauri, Hearts of Iron, Deus Ex, etc. However I'm only willing to pay about the high end iPad price for one. At the current ultrabook price point I'll buy a nicely equipped laptop, some extras, and still have a few hundred bucks in my pocket. The fact it has a hinged screen doesn't bother me that much.
Msol: KarmicDisaster: Msol: I need to replace my 10' Dell with something comparable.I can see where carrying something 10 feet wide around would be a pain.Haha, whoops.But seriously, where are the laptops that are small enough to fit in my bookbag? They're all from 2009 it seems.
wambu: and a serious marketing effort - a little sex and sizzle wouldn't hurt, either.[i.imgur.com image 850x1231]Ultrahottie is here to help Ultrabook™.
Msol: But seriously, where are the laptops that are small enough to fit in my bookbag? They're all from 2009 it seems.
StopLurkListen: Carth: Ultrabook is just the windows name for Macbook Air right?I dunno, but I just started using a Macbook Pro at work, and am having huge transition difficulties. It. Is. SLOW. Compared to my blitzingly-fast video card on my former Win7 laptop.I brought it to IT and said "Can you swap out this video card for something faster?" to which they gently explained to me that Macbooks are not upgradeable...
Samwise Gamgee: RogermcAllen: British: We're not looking for thinner laptops. We're long past the days of 5-inch thick laptops. We're looking for thinner prices.A whole lot of this. I feel like most portable electronics (laptops, phones, iPads) are as small as they should ever be.Shrink the insides, make it lighter and cheaper, but keep the damn things big enough so that they actually fit in my hand. I am also really tired of the "We can't fit a full size USB drive because of the slim form factor" bullshiat.Or an optical drive. I know optical won't be around forever, but I use my laptop mostly while traveling, and it's nice to be able to pop in a DVD to watch. Ultra books require you to lug around an external drive which defeats the purpose of being thin and svelte in the first place. In my estimation 'normalbooks' are portable enough without making sacrifices, and cost half as much.
Brontes: Windows 8 > OSX, that is all
lordargent: 1) Take the internal components of an ultra book.2) Insert components into a standard laptop frame, with a standard sized battery and standard ports.3) Since you have all of this extra space in the frame, make the battery bigger, add some ports, and if it's not too much of a bother, let this sucker go up to 16 GB of ram.4) Take my money (as I will now (hopefully) have a laptop that will last through my crazy work schedule)// If anyone is looking for me, try checking the lawn outside the building.
tillerman35: It's going to be hilarious to watch Windows 8 come out, look around and say "uh, guys? You're supposed to be buying tablets. Is ANYBODY buying tablets? Anybody? Guys?"
Carth: MBPs have dual graphics cards and use the on-board (crappy) one by default to preserve battery life. Go to System Preferences - Energy Saver - Graphics and pick Higher Performance to use the discrete graphics card.
DemonEater: I love the concept of the ultrabook; I'm looking at picking up an Asus Zenbook Prime here soon. I HATE lugging around heavy laptops (I borrowed a friend's Toshiba A305 once and my shoulder was killing me after half an hour), I have a powerful desktop for the big tasks and gaming, I just need a portable companion device. My list of requirements is:13-14" (11 is too small, my hands are cramped on the keyboard; 15 is too big and heavy)Desktop OS and real keyboard (note-taking and coding)Light! Under 5lbs, less would be awesome.At least i3 processor (no way I'm waiting for an Atom or E-350 to compile)Solid-state drive (they're essential in laptops, I feel)Better screen than the 1366x768 crap most laptops come with (the ZBP is 1600x900)Don't need a DVD, I can rip stuff at home if I want to watch a movie on a flight. Don't need more than 3 USB ports. Don't foresee myself needing ethernet. I don't really need the 6+ hour battery life, but it doesn't hurt. If it wasn't for the higher price, ultrabooks would be perfect. But then, any aluminium-chassis laptop with a solid-state drive is going to be up near that price, you only get down into the $400-$600 range by going with a ton of plastic and mechanical storage.
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