If you are a laptop lover and looking forward to moving to an ultrabook in the near future, then stop the press because ultrabooks have already shed their skin into something much more exciting.
Where less than a year and a half ago, we were trying to get the weight down and performance up on ultras, todays selections not only include a touch screen with Windows 8, but also, they are being released with standard accessories to include mobile data, gorilla glass and dual drive for speed one might never imagined in an ultra. Can you imagine close to 1GB/s transfer speeds from an ultra weighing less than 3 lbs?
ACER ASPIRE S7
I will be the first to admit the new S7 has caught my attention and the time I spent trying to get a review sample today would definitely attest to that. The S7 is available in both 11″ and 13″ models, weighs only 2.86lbs and the 13″ is less than a half inch thick. Not only is this baby a touch screen made of gorilla glass, but it is capable of dual SSD in RAID 0 which makes this ultra the most powerful ultra in the world, and by a landslide. We can’t wait to show you just what we mean first hand.
For those not familiar with gorilla glass, it made its appearance recently and is virtually indestructable as shown in many tests on Youtube where people try to dig their keys into the screen. The new S7 starts at under $1300 and is available in Intel Core i5 or i7 configurations with an amazing 1920 x 1080 full HD IPS screen. Apple watch out because Acer is making waves!
LENOVO X1 CARBON TOUCH
Lenovo isn’t sitting back and watching others move ahead either and my back hurts just watching the new 13″ Yoga bend right back for great touch screen use. Or how about the Thinkpad twist? A recent review at our sister site, The SSD Review, spoke of the new Lenovo X1 Carbon gave it two thumbs up for such things as mobile 3G ability, full 180 degree flex, carbon fiber exterior as well as a 1600×900 HD display. Add to that a new release very shortly as the same configuration with SSD and a standard touch screen is already showing on the Lenovo site.
Lenovo already owns the notebook business world but with specs like this, it is sure to be a consumer success as well. The 14″ X1 Carbon is the worlds lightest of it’s form factor and prices start at just under $1200.