Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, Fujitsu Ultrabooks, PCs Offer Latest Ivy Bridge Chips

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-06-06 Print this article Print
Lenovo U410 Ultrabook

Lenovo U410 Ultrabook

Lenovo's U410 Ultrabook measures 0.83-inches thin, weighs 4.18 pounds, can pair up to a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor with 1 terabyte of storage and Nvidia GeForce graphics, and get up to nine hours of battery life. When it arrives in the United States later in June, pricing will start at $799.
Intel introduced four "Mobile Ultra" processors for Ultrabooks May 31, as part of its 14-piece lineup of new dual-core Ivy Bridge processors. PC manufacturers have been readying themselves for the processors—indeed, Intel executives say there are more than 100 Ultrabook designs based on Ivy Bridge—and the week of June 4, coinciding with the Computex 2012 show that began in Taiwan June 5, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Dell and Toshiba were among the PC makers to show off their designs. Each company released Ultrabooks, as well as other laptops and desktops, all of them running Ivy Bridge. The processors are designed to imbue the thin-and-light notebooks with the muscle of a traditional laptop, plus the perks—things like extra-long battery life and instant-on and always-connected capabilities—of a tablet. Dell, which like Lenovo has been trickling out device announcements in recent weeks, also introduced consumer notebooks June 5, while Toshiba introduced an ultraportable, in addition to a Portege Z930 Ultrabook. Here, eWEEK takes a look at some of the latest (and lightest) machines to run Intel's Ivy Bridge technology.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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