Amid all the laptop news this week, much of it coming out of the IFA show, there were a few announcements that especially stood out: two major PC makers unveiled their entries in the. Even better, we got a change to get our hands on working demo units of both models, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s and the Toshiba Portege Z830. Those two new models join previously announced such as the .
Thehas a strong lineage as a successor of sorts to the very popular , which is one of our favorite current 13-inch laptops.
This magnesium alloy 13-incher is 0.6 inch thick and weighs around 2.5 pounds, which meets Intel's specs for an Ultrabook system, and if you're looking for the consumer version (Portege is generally a business line), that's going to be called the Z835. You'll be able to find it in stores in November for well under $1,000.
The second new Ultrabook of the week comes from Lenovo. It's not part of the big-name ThinkPad brand, but instead is part of the consumer-targeted IdeaPad line, which usually has some very interesting designs.
Thelooked and felt great when we played around with one earlier this week. It's similarly thin, at 0.6 inch, and we liked the muted gray design and booklike silhouette created by the protruding lips of the top and bottom edges (see the video above).
The only thing about the U300s that gives us pause is the price. Lenovo says it'll start around $1,200, which is a big change fromIntel and its partners have been selling so far: that these will be thin, powerful systems priced under $1,000, to provide a real value proposition compared with the MacBook Air.
Besides these two new Ultrabooks, we saw plenty of other new laptops this week. Here are the highlights: