Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba Unveil New Ultrabooks, Laptops

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 05 June 2012 17:32

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Today, Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba all unveiled their new line of laptops and ultrabooks. They're pretty much all standard laptops and ultrabooks, but man are most of the ultrabooks pretty. Aside from the standard Sandy and Ivy Bridge ultrabook specifications we've gotten used to, some include dedicated graphics cards. With the $700-$1000 or more price of an ultrabook, the graphics card really make it worth not. Not only do you get a small, thin, stylish laptop, but you get a well-performing laptop as well. 

First off, let's talk about Dell's new laptops. They've added onto their existing Inspiron 13 ultrabook with the Inspiron 13z and 14z ultrabooks. I had to do a double-take when I saw the 14z, because it's not what you're expecting. Sadly, it looks like Sandy Bridge is all they're offering. Dell also updated the Inspiron 15R and 17R, but again they've stuck with Sandy Bridge for some reason. They call the screens "HD," but 1440x900 on a 17" screen is hardly HD. With the special editions of the 15R and 17R, you can get a 1920x1080 display, along with some other expected features like Skullcandy speakers and discrete graphics. You can read the press release for Dell's updates here

Next up is Lenovo, with some ultrabooks I'm very interested in. The Ideapad U310 and U410 are 13" and 14" ultrabooks, respectively. Both offer Ivy Bridge processors, and the u410 has a NVIDIA GeForce 610m with 1GB VRAM. The reason I'm interested isn't only for the graphics card, but they're just really pretty. The curved edges, curved more-so than a Macbook Pro in my opinion, are perfectly subtle. The colored shell I'm not sure about, but it looks like it works. View the galleries on the U310 and U410 product pages. Read the Lenovo press release here

Lastly, Toshiba launched three new ultrabooks today: the Satellite U845W (14.4"), the Satellite U845(14"), and the Portégé Z935 (13.3"). All offer Ivy Bridge, as they should. The most interesting thing out of the batch is the U845W's display. You read earlier that it's 14.4", which is a weird dimension for a screen. The reason it's so weird is because it's a 21:9 aspect ratio, which will display a cinematic-widescreen movie with no black bars. The resolution for it is 1792x768, which will also help for viewing multiple windows side by side. Because of the strange resolution, Toshiba has included some special software that will help with arranging windows on a grid. The Satellite U845 is a regular 1366x768 14" screen. The Portégé Z935 is "the world's lightest 13.3" ultrabook." At 2.5lbs, that's not too shabby. The chassis is made out of a magnesium alloy, which allows it to remain strong but light. Pictures of all can be seen here (Flickr link), and the Toshiba press release can be read here