We’ve gone from laptops, to netbooks, to tablets. What’s next? What can possibly be smaller, sleeker, more power and cooler than any gadget a wired event attendee has in their repertoire? Drum roll please….
This year at the Consumer Electronics Show, “Ultrabooks” was the new buzz word. Ultrabooks by Intel, the PC answer to the MacBook Air, is an entirely new class of laptops. Lighter and more powerful than any PC laptop on the market, ultrabooks made quite an impact at CES. Tech die-hards could be heard vowing to be the first kid on the block with the gadget as soon as it became available.
Several manufacturers are producing the slender, hyper-powerful computer but Hewlett Packard’s version was the belle of the ball at CES. Calling itself a “Business Ultra Thin Tablet Notebook,” the HP Spectre Ultrabook has a compact 14 inch screen and offers 256 gigabytes of storage. It will retail for a $1,399 (relatively high compared to tablets and laptops). Ina Fried at All Things Digital (@allthingsd) did a great comprehensive detailed writeup and review of the Ultrabook market which you can find here.
Hewlette Packard’s Spectre Ultrabook officially hit retail stores stores as of today. It remains to be seen whether consumers will bite but my prediction is that you’ll see this device in the hands of attendees and event managers at conferences and expos across the country by late Spring.
Below is a video demonstration of Hewlette Packard’s Ultrabook.
Are you getting one?
- PC Makers Bet On Ultrabooks (scientificamerican.com)
- HP, Dell Go After Apple’s ‘Fashionista’ Buyers With Ultrabooks (businessweek.com)
- Ultrabooks Embraced by PC Makers at C.E.S. (nytimes.com)
- Dell Announces XPS 13, Its First Ultrabook (pcworld.com)