The Series 5 is a more mainstream and far more affordable alternative to the sleek Series 9, but with many of the same features.
Prices for Intel-based ultrabooks from major brands such as Toshiba, and Acer remain well below $1,000, keeping the pressure on Apple's pricier MacBook Air.
Chromebook shipments could spike in the second half of the year. That's not good news for Microsoft, which is seeing falling laptop deliveries.
New hybrid laptop-tablet devices based on Intel's fast but power efficient Haswell chip may threaten Apple's tablet dominance, says a Citibank analyst.
commentary Devices based on ARM chip designs tend to be thinner, cooler (thermally, at least), and cheaper than those based on Intel designs while offering longer battery life.
Be careful what you wish for: Windows 8 tablets that promise to offer a twofer tablet-laptop device -- something not offered by Apple on the iPad -- are here. But are they up to the task?
If you ignore the ultrabook branding and instead think of this as a somewhat slim midsize, mainstream laptop, the 14-inch Samsung Series 5 is a fine example of the form.
A Quick Starter feature available for Samsung's Windows 8 computers and tablets offers both a Start button and a toolbar.
The 4-pound Samsung Series 5 isn't as light and portable as some slim 14-inch laptops, but this AMD-powered version can be found at a significant discount if you shop around.
Samsung's refreshed 11.6-inch ultraportable offers up some stiff competition for Apple's similarly configured MacBook Air.