HP Spectre x360 Review: Strong Competitor In The Ultrabook Market

Although HP has been a pioneer of notebooks, it could not compete well in the Ultrabook market. However, HP lovers can now rejoice as the company is ready with the Spectre x360 Ultrabook.

HP Spectre x360 emerges to be a strong competitor in the Ultrabook marketSpectre x360 Ultrabook At a Glance

Boasting a sturdy metallic hinge, the device has kept its stylish look intact without compromising on practicality. An extra large glass track pad also attracts attention. The device works a dual purpose as it can be used in the notebook form or as a tablet. To suit working as a laptop, it is supported by a backlit keyboard that allow users to work even in low light conditions. The touchscreen feature of the device helps while using it as a tablet. 

Meant for everyday use, Spectre x360 comes with a  QHD display, which makes it the perfect choice for those who do video or photo editing on the device. The best part is its lightweight and slender look that makes it easy to carry. However, that does not compromise its functioning as it comes with an Intel Core i7 5500U (2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 3 GHz) powerful processor. Operating on Windows 8.1, the device can stay cool even when heavy duty works are performed. Priced around Rs. 1, 25, 000, it also offers a strong battery support for extensive use.

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Costing $1,679, Lenovo Is Now Out With Thinkpad Helix

The tech world is continually offering tabs and innovative devices, making us thirsty for more and more. The latest to join the league is Lenovo with its 11.6-inch Thinkpad Helix that’s now out with a price tag starting $1,679. Versatile and solid, the Thinkpad Helix is a convertible ultrabook, rolled out as Windows 8 tablet. Interestingly, for use as a laptop, this machine can be easily clipped into a custom dock. Packed with Ivy Bridge chip, the device boasts a good battery life. With matte black finish and red highlights, the Thinkpad Helix looks classy. Weighing 1.73 lbs, the device is portable and easy to hold. With 1920 x 1080p screen, the tab offers wide display to watch movies and videos. The machine’s keyboard has no backlight but all keys are little bit curvy and evenly placed. However, keys such as caps lock when engaged do not glow. Instead Lenovo has provided on screen indications to signal an active caps lock. The multi-touch feature of the Thinkpad Helix makes the device clickable. On being tapped twice indicates right click and sliding with two fingers specifies a scroll. Lenovo also offers a stylus with the device for easy use as a tab.… Read the rest

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Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 11 Vs Microsoft Surface RT: Computing On The Move With Ease

We love that Microsoft made the new Windows 8 a lot more funky and cool to use, especially on the go. If it was tablets and smartphones that have been the rage until now, we’re pretty sure Ultrabooks and laptop-tablet hybrids will soon catch on as the flavor of 2013. So we decided to examine the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 in bit more detail. And here’s what we found:

To start with, we’re not really sure if we should classify it as an Ultrabook or as a hybrid. It can be used as a tablet, but its keyboard isn’t detachable – you can fold it back. So that makes it a little heavier to use as a tablet, but as a laptop, it sure is on the lighter side. Let’s get down to the tech specs first.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11 sports an 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366X768 pixels and is powered by a Tegra 3 1.4 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It runs on Windows RT, which also makes it a bit of a downer. There’s a 1 MP camera that can help you video chat on the device, but that’s all. We’d have loved to see more RAM and Windows 8 Pro on it. It is $649.99, but for another $150, you can get the Windows 8 Pro on it.

It’s got a responsive screen, which is a huge bonus. And another good thing about the IdeaPad Yoga 11 comes with Internet Explorer 10 and even supports Flash. There are two USB ports as well as a SD card slot for those who need more than the onboard 64 GB storage.

But in terms of running apps, it could have been a little faster – Android tablets and the iPad loads apps faster. Even loading sites takes a little longer on this device. Also, for its price, we doubt if you really should bother splurging on this. Our advice – wait a while to see what else pops up in the market. You might just find yourself a better deal.… Read the rest

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Crucial Factor: HP Ultrabooks To Have Big Share In Their Profit By The End Of Next Year


HP is betting big on its ultrabook line up . The computer giant is anticipating 15-20% PC sales to come from its ultrabook line up by the end of next year. HP has pinned such high hopes from its high-end notebook segment because  the mobile addicts are looking out for lighter and faster devices.

“We expect that by the end of 2013, 15-20 per cent of our volumes will be that of Ultrabook and by 2014-end, it should be around 40 per cent. We have a strong lineup of products and across price points, which we think, would be a crucial factor,” HP India Vice President and General Manager (Printing and Personal Systems Group) Rajiv Srivastava said.

At present, ultrabooks comprise less than 10 per cent of shipments for HP India, he added.

Ultrabooks have created a market of their own  and have proved to be profitable due to their huge margins. These sleek notebooks are priced between Rs 40,000 to 1 lakh depending on their configuration

Almost all the biggies DellHCL InfosystemsBSE 1.38 % and Toshiba have their products in the category and plan to add more products in the coming months.

“Currently, the contribution of ultrabooks to the overall notebook market is low. Its also a function of popularity and pricing. As more people go for ultrabooks keeping in mind the functionality and more affordable devices come out, the… Read the rest

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New Ultrabook On The Block: Toshiba Portégé Z935

Toshiba Protégé Z935-P300 UltrabookTech war can never get over with the old technology always making way for the latest and most innovative devices. The most recent in line is Toshiba Protégé Z935-P300 Ultrabook. Slim, lightweight, and smart, this ultrabook makes a good choice for business users.

Let’s take a look at some of the specifications of the Toshiba Protégé Z935-P300 ultrabook–

-13.3-inch display with 1366 by 768 pixels resolution

-0.63-inch in thickness

-VGA-out port for connectivity with projectors

-Lightweight at 2.47 pounds

-Costs around $900

-Third-gen Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive

-Built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel’s WiDi technology

-Runs 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium

-Quick use with second-gen Intel Core i5 desktop processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive

-Startup time of 14.5 seconds

-Relies on Intel’s integrated HD graphics chip, has no discrete graphics card

-Frame rates of between 12.1 frames per second and 25.6 fps (low-quality graphics, 800-by-600-pixel resolution)

-Up to 6 hours of battery life

-Body made of light-gray magnesium-alloy

-Lid has brushed metal finish and a thin and reflective Toshiba logo in the centre

-Brushed metal finish and chromed accents on inside

-Black island-style soft-touch keys on keyboard

-Keyboard has smooth, velvety finish

-Small keys, adequate trackpad

-Two mouse buttons on trackpad

-Trackpad supports multitouch gestures

-Most ports at the back

-Headphone jack, microphone jack, and SD card reader at the left

-One USB 3.0 port and a Kensington lock slot at the right

-A gigabit ethernet port, HDMI and VGA-out ports, and two USB 2.0 ports (one with Sleep-and-Charge)- all at the back

-Medium video playback feature

-Speakers at the bottom, near the front

Considering all the features of the Toshiba Portégé Z935 Ultrabook, we conclude that it makes a decent choice of laptop for users. However, for those who want it for business purpose, it makes a good choice keeping quick meetings and basic presentations in mind.

After all, it’s lightweight, a solid overall performer, and has various good hookup choices such as VGA, HDMI, WiDi, and Bluetooth.

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HCL’s New Ultrabook Ultrasmart ME 3074 to Cost Upwards of Rs 51,990

HCL has taken the covers off its first ultrabook, Ultrasmart ME Series 3074. Powered by 3rd generation Intel-core i3 processors, the price range of this ultrabook will start Rs 51,990 onwards.

With a sleek and stylish look, Ultrasmart ME Series 3074 will hit the retail stores next week.

This smooth and thin Series 3074 ultrabook is made with metal casing that’s less than 18mm in thickness. HCL offers it with a 39-month warranty.

Ultrasmart ME Series 3074 is a lightweight ultrabook, which is designed with future technology. It has 4 GB RAM, which is upgradeable to 8 GB. With this ultrabook, users will also get internal hard disk storage of 32 GB.

There’s also 1.3 MP VGA camera, bluetooth and integrated Wi-fi capabilities.
With a backup of up to seven hours, this latest ultrabook is designed with a superior responsive system that has an auto resume feature of less than five seconds.
HCL also announced a latest marketing campaign, with focus on print and digital media for the ultrabooks. Nargis Fakhri of Rockstar will be the brand ambassador for HCL ultrabooks.

HCL also announced launching three new next-generation devices in the next three months.

At the launch of its ultrabook, Princy Bhatnagar, Vice President and Head Consumer Computing, HCL Infosystems said, “Though ultrabooks are a niche category now, but the numbers are witnessing significant growth. We expect that from about one per cent share of the notebook sales, ultrabooks will grow to contribute about 10 per cent in the next six months.”… Read the rest

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