You may crave for a hybrid or convertible notebook suitable for doing business on the go at anytime.

If you so much as want this business-focused convertible laptop, then you should checkout the features of the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (3347-3EM) hybrid ultrabook. In simple term, this device is highly rated tablet-convertible ultrabook.

The features, design, and other important functionality about this ultrabook has been reviewed by Elias Plastiras of PC World. Here are important details on the review:

Lenovo’s primarily business-focused ThinkPad Twist (type 3347-3EM) is a hybrid Ultrabook that is built in the same form as traditional Windows tablet PCs. It incorporates a central hinge design that not only supports the screen, but also allows it to swivel and fold back down over the keyboard so that it can be used as a tablet. It’s a tried and tested convertible design on an Ultrabook that also features a decent configuration and connectivity options. However, we did experience some issues while using this unit that left us unimpressed.

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (3347-3EM) (image: PC World)

Features and design

At 12.5 inches, the size of the Twist is small and perfectly suited to mobile users. It’s 23mm thick (taking into account the rubber feet on the base) and it weighs just under 1.6kg, but it doesn’t feel quite as heavy when it’s held. It’s a well balanced unit that’s mostly sturdy and it has a spill resistant keyboard in its base, as well as scratch resistant Gorilla Glass in front of the screen. The style is a little too flashy for a ThinkPad model though — we could do without the chrome trim along the screen’s edges, which feels cheap, as well as the glossy finish of the bezel.

The edges of the Twist’s base provide real estate for a few useful ports: USB 3.0 (two of them), Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, Mini HDMI and a combination headphone/microphone port. There are also two slots: one for a full-sized SD card, and one for a SIM card, the latter of which can be used in conjunction with an optional 3G modem to supply mobile broadband. It’s a thin base that also contains a fair configuration, which includes an Intel Core i5-3317U CPU with Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM and a 500GB hard drive, as well as a 24GB solid state drive. Because it has a mechanical disk drive in addition to a Core i5 CPU, it does tend to get fairly warm. It can become uncomfortable to rest it in your lap while using it as a notebook, or while holding it as a tablet.

The left side of the chassis has a SIM slot, an SD card slot, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a Mini HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and a headset port.

The central hinge allows the Twist to be converted into a tablet with ease.

The central hinge allows the Twist to be converted into a tablet with ease.(courtesy: PC World)

Tablet mode

As a tablet, it can be quite enjoyable to use. Its screen is capacitive, supporting up to five simultaneous inputs, and its resolution is 1366×768. The screen is easily viewable from different angles thanks to Lenovo’s use of an IPS-based panel, but reflections can be a problem due to the Gorilla Glass. It proved to be a responsive and accurate screen, which allowed us to easily click on items and drag information around on the screen, but we wish that Lenovo incorporated a digitiser pen to aid handwriting recognition and drawing. The screen has only a few physical controls on it: you get a tactile Windows button and volume controls on the bezel, and there is a power button along with a screen auto-rotation lock on the bottom-right edge (the power and lock buttons don’t feel good to press).

Using the Twist as a tablet, we noticed that its screen orientation sensors worked to detect the way in which we held the screen — although they were sometimes sluggish in their response. But we also noticed a problem: when we wanted to go back to notebook mode, the auto-rotation sensor failed us many times. The screen would often stay upside-down or sideways and the only way to fix it would be to restart the computer (not simply close and open the lid, but actually restart) or swing the laptop around in a figure-8 motion to reset its sensors — a physical task that laptops are not designed for. There were also times when the screen changed orientation on its own even when we used the Twist as a laptop on a desk.

This errant screen orientation caused us to enable the auto-rotation lock so that the screen orientation would stay put. It’s a problem that made using the Twist frustrating when it occurred and we couldn’t find a way to properly remedy it. Disabling and re-enabling the sensors made no difference, and there weren’t any updated drivers for the sensors on Lenovo’s Web site at the time of writing. We imagine it would be quite embarrassing if you wanted to use this laptop to give a presentation to a small group of people and all of a sudden the screen didn’t stay the right way up. Hopefully it’s only a quirk that’s present only on our test model. In light of this problem, one thing the Twist could use is a manual screen rotation button.

The auto-rotation sensors did not work properly when we converted from tablet back to notebook mode.

The auto-rotation sensors did not work properly when we converted from tablet back to notebook mode.(courtesy: PC World)

Sometimes the screen changed orientation automatically even when the laptop was sitting unmoved on a level desk.

Sometimes the screen changed orientation automatically even when the laptop was sitting unmoved on a level desk. (courtesy: PC World)

There are other sensors in this Ultrabook that seemed to work properly though. The display’s ambient light sensor dimmed the screen only when we took the laptop into a darkened room and then turned up the brightness again when we entered a better-lit room. There is a motion sensor for the installed hard drive, too, and this will attempt to protect the drive from being damaged by excessive movement. It’s set to be quite sensitive by default and even slight movements while we were playing a video file off the drive made the video freeze.

Performance

As for the Twist’s performance, it is generally very good. Its configuration put up expected results in our Blender 3D and iTunes MP3 encoding tests (49sec and 1min 1sec, respectively, which is on par with other 3317U CPU-based Ultrabooks such as the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro), and it showed that it could be used for relatively tough tasks such as encoding video files by taking just under 14min to turn a DVD file into an MKV file in Arcsoft Media Encoder 7, and 20min to turn a DVD file into an MP4 using Handbrake.

The Twist’s integrated graphics are good enough for the everyday running of the machine and they will also allow you to play many games that have been downloaded from the Windows store. You won’t want to run many 3D-intense desktop games on this Ultrabook though — it’s not designed to run them. This was confirmed by a result of 4059 in 3DMark06.

As previously mentioned, the Twist can get uncomfortably warm when its processor is putting in hard work, and this is exacerbated a little by the mechanical hard drive that has been installed in this unit. The drive is a 500GB version of the 7mm thick Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500, which has a usable capacity of 455GB and a spin speed of 7200rpm. Its results in CrystalDiskMark were impressive, recording 138 megabytes per second (MBps) in both the read and write tests. Typical notebook hard drives generally don’t get a write speed that high. It recorded a rate of 60MBps in our file duplication test, which is also a very good result for a hard drive.

A 24GB solid state drive is also installed to act as a cache and the cold boot up time of the unit was 12sec, while the resume time from sleep was 6sec (this is a slightly sluggish result for an Ultrabook though). If you want a Twist model that has a purely solid state drive, then you will have to go for the high-end, Core i7-based model, which cost just under $1700 at the time of writing.

Battery life

An internal battery is installed in the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, and this battery is not removable. In fact, the Twist can’t be serviced by a user to any great extent, at least not easily. However, the hard drive can be pulled out of its bay on the right side of the chassis once you remove its cover. You will only be able to replace it with a 7mm thick drive.

In our typical rundown test, in which we disable power management, enable Wi-Fi, maximise screen brightness and loop an Xvid-encoded video until the machine runs out of juice, the battery lasted 2hr 49min. This is a poor result compared to many other Ultrabooks that we’ve seen. The Dell XPS 12, for example, got 3hr 10min in this test, and that Ultrabook had a Full HD resolution and a Core i7 CPU. It’s a much worse result than the last 12.5in Lenovo laptop that we reviewed, the ThinkPad X230, which got 3hr 47min.

For a laptop with a 12.5in screen, a Core i5-3317U CPU and a hard drive, we expected a time of at least 3hr 20min in this test, so what we ended up with is a disappointing result. During regular use, such as using it to browse the Web, type up documents, listen to some MP3s and watch the odd YouTube video, and with a low screen brightness and balanced power profile enabled, the Twist lasted around four hours.

Other features

As far as other features are concerned, the Lenovo Twist features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi (it’s a Broadcom chip), Bluetooth, a front-facing webcam, TPM 1.2 and a slew of pre-installed management utilities.

You don’t get a screen-mounted keyboard light on this unit, nor is the keyboard backlit, but it is a good keyboard if you want to get some serious typing done on a small laptop. The keys are a good size and they possess plenty of travel considering the thin base, which makes them comfortable to hit. Our test model did have a dodgy ’5′ key though, which must have been damaged by a previous user (we swear it wasn’t us).

The keyboard’s function keys serve secondary functions as their primary functions, which means that you can change brightness and volume without having to hold down the Fn key at the same time, and there are also a couple of new additions that are specific to Windows 8. There is one key that can be used to bring up the Task Switcher (which will save you having to hit Alt-Tab), and there is another key that can be used to take you directly to your list of installed applications. The latter key is a nice addition as it cuts out a couple of steps on the Start screen.

Lenovo has continued its tradition of installing a dual-pointing device in its ThinkPads, with a TrackPoint sitting in the middle of the keyboard and above a 79x56mm touchpad. We found the touchpad to be a little bit erratic during our test period. The pointer tended to wobble around a little bit and taps tended to move the pointer off the spot we intended to hit, which got annoying at times.

That said, it’s not a terrible or an unusable touchpad, it’s just that it’s not as good as others we’ve seen recently. It’s a Synaptics pad and there are plenty of settings to play with in its driver, but none of them fixed the slight wobble and tapping accuracy. No driver updates were available at the time of testing either. It’s also a fairly small pad (79x56mm), which means it can feel cramped when multi-finger gestures are executed (especially three-finger swipes), and it can be easy to accidentally invoke Windows 8 swipe-in gestures.

Conclusion

Overall, we like the idea of Lenovo’s ThinkPad Twist. The central hinge design is a conventional one that has been around Windows-based tablet PCs for a while and it works well. What didn’t work well for us in our tests were the auto-rotating sensors for the screen, which almost never returned the screen back to its proper orientation when we changed from tablet mode to notebook mode. Furthermore, the battery life was short, the touchpad was a little inaccurate and our keyboard had a dodgy ’5′ key. Unfortunately, these issues have left us unimpressed with this model and we hope that they are confined to our test unit.

If you need help using the new Windows 8 interface on a convertible tablet such as this one, be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Windows 8. We show you how to use the Start screen and all of the other features that the new operating system offers. Source.

The above is the review of the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (3347-3EM). Its pros include plentiful fast storage, useful built-in connectivity features, and easy conversion from notebook to laptop.

However, is cons include overly glossy design, poor screen rotation sensor and average Touchpad.

Later on this month (February) Intel is planning to unveil a wide range of mobile devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The event will see the convergence of many world class mobile phone and software companies to showcase their latest and future wares.

Intel, as the world’s largest chip maker for mobile devices, is set to take full advantage of the congress to display a variety of its products like tablets, smartphones, and ultrabooks.

Gene Ryan Briones of Ubergizmo posted a article on what Intel plans to do at the Mobile World Congress. In his online post dated January 31, 2013 the following extracts were published:

credit: google Image

February is coming, and you know what that month means for all mobile users like you and me. With the Mobile World Congress kicking off next month in Barcelona, Intel is grabbing the opportunity to unveil its product line-up for the big event.

Intel has just posted a public invitation for its series of events which will start on February 25th and will end on the 28th. Interestingly, Intel’s schedule reveals that the company will be displaying smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks that are targeted at both the emerging and developed markets.

More details reveal that it will showcase its latest Android smartphone powered a dual-core processor and a dual graphics platform. Intel is also expected to showcase devices based on the company’s new Intel Atom Z2420 platform, as well as a range of Windows 8 tablets with convertible designs.

We’re not sure what Intel has in store for us, but the news is indeed very exciting. Ubergizmo will be at the Mobile World Congress next month, so stay tuned for more updates.

Intel To Display A Slew Of Smartphones, Tablets, And Ultrabooks At Mobile World Congress

Intel To Display A Slew Of Smartphones, Tablets, And Ultrabooks At Mobile World Congress (credit:ubergizmo)

So, all is now set for the Mobile World Congress which will kick off next week. We expect to see in full what Intel has in stock for all. More particular would be details of what they have in stock for ultrabook or mini laptops enthusiasts.

Since the introduction of the Windows 8 operating system a few months back, there has been a lot of shifts in ultrabooks and tablets designs. This is more so with the designs and performance features introduced.

However, there are still rooms for improvements as many features and functionalities are still lacking in most of the ultrabooks designs.

John Morris of ZDNet wrote about two brands of Ultrabooks that have really lived up to their names in recent times. It’s sure an interesting piece you will find invaluable:

The release of Windows 8 has revived the convertibles category. As the recent International Consumer Electronics Show demonstrated, computer makers are trying every conceivable way to merge a laptop and tablet. While many of these are intriguing, I’ve yet to find a design that made for either a great laptop or a great tablet.

When it comes to getting real work done, there is still no substitute for a conventional clamshell laptop. The notebook isn’t going to disappear anytime soon, but it is sorely in need of some fresh designs and new features.

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out several systems, including two versions of the Acer Aspire S7 and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, which demonstrate that there’s still room for innovation in laptops. These systems, which all qualify as Intel Ultrabooks, are ultra-thin and lightweight, use fast Core processors, and have high-resolution touchscreens that make them perfect for Windows 8.

Acer Aspire S7

Acer Aspire S7 (credit: Google Image)

The Acer Aspire S7 comes in two sizes: 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches. Both have a similar white-and-silver design that measures less than half an inch thick (the 13-inch model is one of the thinnest laptops I’ve ever seen at 0.47 inches). The 11-inch S7-191 has an aluminum display lid and keyboard deck, and a white plastic base, while the larger S7-391 has an eye-catching white Gorilla Glass lid and an all-aluminum body. Unlike the HP Envy Spectre, which got a bit weighed down with all that glass, the Aspire S7 is still a featherweight. The smaller model is 2.2 pounds (2.7 pounds with an extra battery that attaches to the back) and the 13-inch version weighs in at 2.9 pounds. For comparison, the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air weigh 2.4 and 3 pounds, respectively.

The most distinctive feature of the Aspire S7 is its Full HD touchscreen–something you won’t find in most laptops this size (the Sony VAIO Duo 11 is the only other one that comes to mind). The high-resolution, 10-point touchscreen is perfect for Windows 8-style apps, and the hinge is stiff, so you can easily tap and swipe on the display with one hand. In the classic desktop, the display looks great too, though the default text size makes it a bit of an eye chart, especially on the 11-inch display. The display hinge also rotates a full 180 degrees so that you can lay it flat to share it with others (a keystroke combination rotates the display image).

One drawback of the ultra-thin design is that it doesn’t leave much room for the keys to travel, but they are full-size and well-spaced, so in practice, I didn’t notice much difference in my accuracy (though faster, more accurate typists probably would). The backlit keyboard has an ambient light sensor, but you can also manually adjust the brightness. The large touchpad worked fine for me, though some reviewers have complained about its responsiveness.

The Aspire S7 has micro-HDMI, rather than a standard HDMI or DisplayPort connector, and no Ethernet jack (Acer included USB adapters for VGA and Ethernet with the ones I tested). It also has two USB 3.0 ports (one of which can charge devices when the system is off), an SD card slot, and a headset jack. The audio quality of the speakers is above average, and the Aspire S7 includes Dolby Home Theater with an equalizer that lets you tweak the settings for movies, music, and gaming.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (credit: Google)

The X1 Carbon has a larger display, measuring 14-inches diagonally, but it has roughly the same footprint as the 13-inch Aspire S7 because the ThinkPad’s screen has a very thin bezel. It is slightly thicker and heavier than the Aspire S7, but it is still extremely portable, especially for a 14-inch laptop. (In fact, it’s the first 14-inch laptop I’d be willing to carry on my daily commute.) The touchscreen version I tested is 0.7-inches thick and weighs 3.3 pounds; the non-touch version is a bit thinner and lighter, but otherwise, looks identical. As the name implies, the X1 has a durable, lightweight carbon-fiber and magnesium case with a black soft-touch finish that looks and feels good.

Although it has a slightly larger display, the X1 Carbon opts for an HD+ (1600×900) resolution. This is a good middle ground. The display image looks great and the 10-point touchscreen works well with Windows 8-style apps, but text is still easy on the eyes at the default settings in the classic desktop. The screen is also less reflective than the glossy displays on many competing ultrabooks. The X1 Carbon Touch is a bit top-heavy, so you end up placing one hand on the wrist-rest when tapping and swiping on the screen with the other to prevent it from tipping backwards. As on the Aspire S7, the hinges rotate nearly 180 degrees so that you can share the display with others, but there’s no obvious way to rotate the display image.

The X1 Carbon has the ThinkPad’s usual excellent keyboard. It was clearly more comfortable to use than the one on the Aspire S7, or most other ultra-thin laptops for that matter. Lenovo has finally thrown in the towel on the ThinkLight, which never really worked well, and adopted the standard backlit keys found on most premium laptops. Even better, the X1 Carbon lets you toggle between two brightness levels. It also has a large glass touchpad and TrackPoint pointing stick (the latter is a must-have feature for me, but this is a matter of personal preference).

Like with the Aspire S7, the X1 Carbon’s thin chassis leaves little room for ports. It has a Mini DisplayPort and no Ethernet (though Lenovo includes a USB adapter for Ethernet and sells optional Mini DisplayPort adapters for DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA monitor inputs). It also has one USB 2.0 port (which can charge devices) and one USB 3.0 port. The speakers aren’t great, but the included Dolby Home Theater equalizer–the same one on the Aspire S7–does help out. Lenovo has also developed some useful videoconferencing features, such as keystroke noise suppression and a face-tracking camera.

Intel has promised that touchscreen ultrabooks will be available this holiday season at prices starting around $600. But you get what you pay for. These premium systems cost twice as much or more. The Aspire S7 starts at $1,200 with the 11-inch display and $1,400 with the 13-inch one. The S7-191 I tested included a Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 128GB solid-state drive for $1,200. The S7-391 I tested, with a faster Core i7 processor and 256GB SSD, costs $1,650. The X1 Carbon Touch starts at $1,500 with a Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD. The configuration I tested, with a 180GB SSD, costs a bit more. Upgrades include faster processors, more memory, and larger capacity drives. The X1 Carbon can also be configured with integrated wireless broadband. Other systems in this class include the 13-inch MacBook Air, which starts at $1,200 (no touchscreen), and the Asus ZenBook UX31A Touch, which starts at $1,100.

These systems don’t yet deliver on all of the promises of the ultrabook. The introduction of the fourth-generation Core, or Haswell, processors later this year should boost battery life–something that is still a weakness in these ultra-thin Windows 8 systems. It will also be the first Core platform to support connected standby, which will make the user experience more like that of a smartphone or tablet.

But with their ultra-thin and lightweight designs, and high-resolution touchscreens, the Aspire S7 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon illustrate how much progress has already been made on ultrabooks. They are easily among the best Windows 8 laptops currently available. Source.

Conclusively, based on the above excerpts, the Acer Aspire S7 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon are premium ultrabooks that still holds more performance for the users. Although they still have some short comings, yet they have lived up to their biddings as Windows 8 ultrabooks.

You may have to pay more for any of these products but they still promise you performance that other brands will not actually offer you.

So, take your time to read more reviews on these products and possibly they may be what you are really looking for.

At the concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Sony hinted on the launch of the T15 and touch-upgraded T14 ultrabooks.

At the time, only sketchy details about the features of these computer models were available. However, February 9th is round the corner and Sony is set to release these ultrabook in Japan.

An online post made by Jon Fingas of Engadget on January 29, 2013 revealed specs and features to be expected from these ultrabooks. Here is a republished detail of the post:

Sony was mum on most of the details of the VAIO T15 and a touch-upgraded T14 when they appeared at CES. We won’t have to wait until the spring launch in the US to know what some editions of the Ultrabook will carry, though. At least for Japan’s February 9th release, the T15 won’t be running any Haswell-based parts — the top-spec system carries a 2GHz Core i7 from the current generation, a BDXL drive and a 1TB hybrid hard disk.

The touch-ready T14 will be just as modest with a 1.8GHz Core i5, a DVD burner and up to 750GB of hybrid storage. We wouldn’t be shocked to see performance boosts to either PC before they cross the Pacific, but we at least know what to expect as a baseline.

Conclusively, Sony VAIO T15 and T14 are ultrabooks that offer users great performance features. You can check out details from Sony as it gets to release these ultrabooks February 9, 2013 in Japan.

What the Upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro Offers!

Microsoft Surface Pro can simply be described as tablet which performs all the functions of an ultrabook.

It is set for launch comes February 9, 2013 and many in the mobile device world are eagerly waiting for this next big thing in the computer market!

It would be important if we take a look of what this tablet/ultrabook has to offer. The review below was recently posted by Rohit Raj from India:

Surface Pro (credit: google Images)

On 9th February 2013 Microsoft will be launching the next big thing in tablet world- a fully equipped windows 8 tablet called Surface pro. It will be the first major tablet in the market which will able to perform each and every task a PC can perform. So let’s take a look what this tablet has to offer.

Hardware: It sports the hardware of a mid-range laptop. It has a core i-5 processor with in-built graphics card and a 4 GB of RAM. Though flash storage is quite low as compared to laptops but is required instead of hard disks for a fast performance. It also includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies. To make input easier it also includes a stylus.

What makes this tablet stand apart from the competition is inclusion of a USB 3.0 port, card slot, stereo speakers and mini display port. And above all it only weighs 950 grams much less than conventional laptops and still doing whatever they are able to perform. Not to forget that this tablet is fully designed by Microsoft and uses some of the rarest material for manufacture.

Software: it includes the professional version of windows 8 operating system. It is able to run all the desktop apps, apps even designed for the previous versions of windows. Unlike Windows Surface RT launched 3 months before it has no restrictions on the desktop apps and is able to run all of them.

Only time will tell how useful this device will turn out. It will cost 899$ in the United States of America and I suppose after including all the taxes it will be priced around 55,000-60,000 in India. At this price tag not many people will be able to purchase this tablet. Nevertheless it is a revolutionary product which can completely change the market dynamics. Source.

Conclusively, yes, it’s as simple as that. The Surface Pro promises all the features and price above.

Luckily, we don’t have to wait long to see this launch, and we don’t have to wait long to see what these features really offer.

The tablet has been taunted as a tablet which can be used as an ultrabook; hence many are eagerly waiting for this tablet.

Are you looking for an ultrabook that readily gives you the very best of basic computing feature at an affordable price? If so, then the Asus VivoBook X202E model could be your best bet.

It is surprisingly a powerful ultrabook that is offered around $500 even as it comes with Windows 8 touchscreen features.

You can get real facts about this notebook as reviewed by Matt Safford of Computer Shopper on January 30, 2012. The most relevant part of the review reads:

If you are looking for a new Windows laptop for basic computing tasks that’s thin and light like an ultrabook, the Asus VivoBook X202E is one of the best budget options we’ve seen in a while. It sports a responsive 11.6-inch touch screen, which makes navigating around Windows 8 far more intuitive than with a vanilla non-touch display and a touch pad. It also weighs a bit under three pounds, and its shell is mostly aluminum, save for its plastic underside. All that aluminum is especially surprising for the price.

Of course, Asus did have to make some sacrifices to keep the price low. The VivoBook X202E model we tested—specifically, the X202E-DH31T$548.95 at BUYDIG.com—sports a Core i3 processor, which is no slouch but no powerhouse, either.

Also, its battery life could be better, and the 1,366×768 screen has some glare and viewing-angle limitations. On a less crucial note, the keyboard isn’t backlit, though expecting that is a stretch for a machine at this price.

Still, the price is the central story with this machine. The cost of the configuration we tested was hovering between $499 and $550 when we wrote this review at the very end of January 2013. For the money, the trade-offs are fair ones, making this a great low-price option for those hoping to get some ultrabook perks without the usual premium ultrabook price.

Conclusively, by the review made by Matt Safford, the Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T is a budget ultrabook with thin and light features. More so, it comes with responsive touchscreen. However, its battery life and performance may not meet with those of pricier laptops, even as viewing-angle issues may arise with some screen.

Intel is really keen on making the Ultrabook the ‘model’ laptop for every home and business. It is has now introduced a low-power solid state drive or SSD that will help to improve the storage performance for notebook, ultrabook, and embedded systems, etc.

Details of this introduction reveal so much about this storage device that could be the standard for future storage features. Below is a quick review of this storage device recently published online:

Intel SSD 525 is Intel’s first 6Gb/s mSATA product that offers a low-power, small form factor SSD with big performance.

–One-eighth the size of a 2.5-inch HDD, new SSD increases storage performance for Ultrabook, notebook, embedded systems and workstation upgrades.

–Beyond notebook, Intel’s latest mSATA SSD allows for creative automotive, digital signage, embedded video and retail applications.

Intel Corporation announced today the Intel(R) Solid-State Drive 525 Series (Intel SSD 525 Series) in a small mSATA form factor with 6-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) performance. The Intel SSD 525 Series gives OEM customers, channel and tech enthusiasts an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) to drive innovative Ultrabook(TM), tablet and embedded applications.

The Intel SSD 525 is the latest entry to the Intel 500 Series SSD Family aimed at higher-performance, enthusiast solutions. Measuring 3.7mm x 50.8mm x 29.85mm and weighing 10 grams, the mSATA with PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector delivers the performance of the company’s Intel SSD 520 Series client drive. This makes the Intel SSD 525 suitable for All-in-One desktops, notebooks, Ultrabooks and workstation upgrades, as well as automotive, digital signage, embedded video and retail solutions.

With random read performance of up to 50,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read performance up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), systems using the Intel SSD 525 Series will receive a performance boost for the most demanding applications and intense multi-tasking needs. This is coupled with random write performance of up to 80,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 520 MB/s to deliver a top-performing mSATA SSD.

“The Intel SSD 525 Series is Intel’s latest 6 Gb/s mSATA product, which brings high performance to an ultra-portable form factor targeted for Ultrabooks and a myriad of embedded solutions,” said James Slattery, product line manager for Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group Client SSDs. “Intel SSDs reduce the risk of data loss due to shock, vibration or jarring. With these new performance thresholds available in a small form factor package, and backed by Intel quality and reliability, the Intel SSD 525 opens the door to an unlimited number of creative embedded solutions such as in-flight entertainment, mobile workstations, microservers and IP phone storage.”

The Intel SSD 525 Series will be available in 30 gigabyte (GB), 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 180GB and 240GB capacities. The company has begun shipping the 120GB and 180GB options, with additional capacities and volume shipments to follow this quarter.

The Intel SSD 525 Series features Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption capabilities for added data protection should a device be stolen or lost. It uses Intel(R) 25-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and is backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

Also available for Intel SSD purchasers is the Intel(R) SSD Toolbox with Intel(R) SSD Optimizer, a free utility that provides Microsoft Windows* users with a powerful set of management, information and diagnostic tools to help maintain the health and out-of-box performance of the drive.

Available in 11 languages, the Intel SSD Toolbox is also Windows* 8-compatible. To help ease the installation process, all Intel SSD users can download the free Intel(R) Data Migration Software to help clone the entire content of a previous storage drive (SSD or HDD) to any Intel SSD. Click here to read more.

Conclusively, there are indeed so much to know about the mSATA SSD for ultrabooks introduced by Intel, however what should be most important is that this hardware help to improve the storage performance of the ultrabook or notebook in which it is installed.

The Intel SSD 525 series comes in different gigabyte capacities, and this means that you can choose from a variety of options for your storage needs.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Convertible Ultrabook is one of the best brands of ultrabooks around. In the very least, it forms a major part of the ultrabooks that made it big in  2012.

This laptop does deserve the accolades attributed to it as there are so much intriguing features about this ultrabook that can make you want to stick with this device.

At Geek.com, there is a coupon deal on this ultrabook. This deal is going to make you save about $150 from the original cost of $849. Tim Supples of GEEK.com highlighted features of this ultrabook and the bargain opened to you to make it your own now. His online post dated January 26 readily reveals the following details:

lenovo-ideapad-yoga-11-500px (credit: Geek.com)

Ultrabooks were the single biggest source of innovation and buzz in the PC industry in 2012. Finally Windows machines could be had that were thin, light, sufficiently powerful, with decent battery life. The fact that most of them looked like a MacBook clone was a natural side effect of Apple’s dominance, at least their dominance of the public eye anyway.

While Lenovo has a number of these types of Ultrabooks, they have gone above and beyond most PC manufacturers in 2012 and introduced several models that set the bar for PC innovation. The most talked about was most definitely the appropriately named Yoga model, an Ultrabook style machine that had a 360 degree rotating hinge that allowed it to be used in standard laptop form, like a slate tablet, and in between.

The larger 13-inch version runs on Intel Ivy Bridge processor and Windows 8, bringing with it the added heft, lower battery life, and higher cost over the Yoga 11. The Yoga 11 is like a tablet on steroids: it runs Windows RT (a mobile optimized OS that shares many similarities with Windows 8) on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 platform.

It only weighs 2.8 lbs and can be used for nearly every purpose as a traditional laptop, but gets up to 13 hours of battery life and includes an ultra-responsive 11.6-inch HD touchscreen. It can be flipped around to stand like a pair of table legs, which might be nice for consuming content with a small desk area. Flip it all the way over and the keyboard gets automatically disabled so you can use it like a regular slate tablet.

This is probably one of the most interesting implementations of a traditional-laptop-replacement we have seen yet. You get long battery life, a use-it-how-you-want form factor, and a reasonable price point for such a portable machine. Thanks to a hefty $150 coupon, you can pick one yp from just $699.

Finally, you can pick your Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Convertible Ultrabook today and save $150. This appealing deal can be accessed at the GEEK.com on before January 30.

Laptops and mini laptops with Windows 8 operating system are fast gaining entrance into various emerging markets.

Nigeria, being the most populated country in Africa is one emerging market where most companies readily takes market interest. Dell, is therefore launching various models of its tablets and Ultrabooks in the market.

Here are more details on this move which is made in collaboration with Microsoft and Intel:

 

Dell Tablet and Ultrabook (credit: Google Image)

Leading technology corporation and computer maker, Dell Inc., in partnership with Microsoft and Intel Nigeria, has launched its touch-enabled Windows 8 XPS PCs into the Nigeria market.

The new products include the XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook which delivers stunning design and outstanding productivity, XPS 10 tablet, Latitude 10 tablet, Inspiron 15z Ultrabook, Latitude 6430u Ultrabook, OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One with touch, XPS One 27 with touch and Precision brands.

With the new products made public, Dell aims to provide a more intuitive computing experience and address evolving customer desires. The new products are expected to free customers from carrying multiple devices, helping them save time and be more productive.

Dell’s Client Product Marketing Manager, Anglophone East and West Africa, Annie Odo-Effiong said the firm is determined with partnership of Microsoft and Intel to help customers touch the future with a refreshed portfolio of business and consumer PCs built for Microsoft Windows 8.

“Dell’s new systems deliver on the promise of new advances in computing, a leading-edge and intuitive touch experience, the security and manageability required by today’s always-on pace and the design aesthetic, style and precision workmanship that meets customers’ demand.”

Odo-Effiong explained that the Company’s new stylish products were not limited to designing great tablets and PCs; rather it is also updating its line of computing peripherals.

“Dell is making available a 23-inch S2340T multi-touch monitor and TP713 wireless touchpad designed specifically to extend the Windows 8 experience. The S2340T is Dell’s first multi-touch monitor, designed to maximize a media entertainment experience with beautiful aesthetics, performance and a multi-position, 90-degree articulating stand,” Odo-Effiong said.

Relatively, vice president of PC Product Group at Dell, Sam Burd, said “Dell and Microsoft have strived to make technology more accessible and intuitive for more than two decades and the introduction of new Dell PCs and Windows 8 software is another important milestone in this journey.”

“Dell remains on the forefront of designing the industry’s best range of PCs to meet the diverse needs of its customers – whether businesses concerned with security and manageability or tech-savvy consumers interested in a new device for both personal and business use. Dell’s exciting new XPS product portfolio, part of which is available for pre-order today, addresses this diverse set of needs and is a key catalyst in making exciting new touch-based computing experiences a reality.”

Noting its user-friendly enabled quality, Burd stated that “Dell has crafted inspired designs that enable new user experiences and make touch computing available to more customers than ever before.”

“As of today, consumers in Nigeria will be able to purchase a range of new Dell products for home and for business including: the XPS 10 tablet, Latitude 10 tablet, XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook, Inspiron 15z Ultrabook, Latitude 6430u Ultrabook, optiPlex 9010 All-in-one with touch XPS one 27,” he said. Source.

The move by Dell to launch various models of its ultrabooks and tablets in Nigeria is a right one coming at a time when many in the developing countries are embracing these technologies.

Many homes and businesses in this most populous African country can now take advantage of the best that Dell has to offer. So, take advantage of the range of products from Dell made available to Nigerians today.

One of the key areas of performance for ultrabooks to be looked at is the battery performance.

You can get the most from your ultrabook if you improve the performance of the battery, hence you may need to install the  Patriot Memory for Ultrabook to have an increased performance with your device.

The following online post is reminding you of this fact by suggesting you can squeeze more life out from your ultrabook with the 1.35V RAM from Patriot. Here are more details:

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Patriot's 1.35V RAM (credit:pcper.com)

Over at Tweaktown is a review of an upgrade for Ultrabooks, Patriot’s 1.35V, 8GB DDR3-1600MHz at $45 for a single SODIMM.  The idea is that not only do you get a decent sized pool of RAM but because it sips 10% less power than a standard SODIMM you might just get a bit more battery life.

They tested out the memory on a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 with a 6-cell battery, not the longest lasting of setups and saw about a 10% increase in battery life as you might have expected.  That did only translate to an extra 17 minutes but as the laptop in question was only good for 4.5 hours of life, you can expect better return from an Ultrabook with a longer battery life.

“The big push in 2013 for mobile performance will be fought in battery life. Like every other market, if you want to get the best available you have to go to the aftermarket for premium components. The Patriot Memory for Ultrabooks will increase your notebook or ultrabook battery life, but just like everything premium, you have to pay a bit more.” Source.

Finally, if you want to get more life out from your ultrabook, then it might be interesting if you simply take advantage of this 1.35V RAM from Patriot. It cuts 10% less power than a standard SODIMM and this means it will provide you with increased battery life.

However, just as the last part of the above extract suggests you may likely pay more for this premium product.

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