If the ultrabook devolves into a hodgepodge of pseudo-thin, conventional designs, the chances of success are not good.
This may -- or may not -- be on the verge of happening with designs like the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 and even the.
, it's worth repeating: a kind-of-thin, kind-of-light laptop ain't an ultrabook.
I've handled the Acer M3, which is being marketed as an ultrabook. Sorry, no way that's an ultrabook. And the HP Spectre? That's a wonderful design in many respects (Gorilla glass screen and chassis) but after handling it a few times over the last several months, I know it's not an ultrabook. Too heavy, big.
What the Spectre is, is a very nice high-end laptop. Period.
So, here's the memo, if any PC maker didn't get it. The iPad and MacBook Air are popular because they're extremely thin, portable.
A few guidelines to keep the ultra in ultrabook:
- Certifiably thin, light The Toshiba Portege Z835, Dell XPS 13, and HP Folio 13 are unmistakably ultrabooks. People may disagree about their feature set, screen quality, usability of the keyboard, and so on, but they're all solid ultrabooks: thin, light, yet relatively powerful. Anything more than 0.75 inches thick and above 3.3 pounds kicks a design back into too-familiar (read: boring) territory. Yes, many people will still buy conventional laptops, but those designs are not the future of mobile computing.
- A $599 "ultrabook" may be a contradiction in terms Intel CEO Paul Otellini
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