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New York – NPD DisplaySearch is forecasting a massive increase in ultra-slim PC over the next several years.
NPD has category shipments jumping from the 3.4 million shipped 2011 to 65 million by 2015.
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New York – Acer has introduced a mobile computer that neatly bisects the ground between tablet PC and Ultrabook.
The Iconia W700 is a Windows 8 tablet that runs on a variety of Intel Core i3 and i5 processors. It comes with a docking station that allows it to be used as a traditional computer, but once slid out of the cradle, the W700 works as a tablet.
Eric Ackerson, Acer’s product marketing and brand manager, said this format will allow the W700 to be used equally for content creation and consumption. It will sell into retail and the VAR channels.
New York – Intel has teamed up with magician David Blaine to sponsor his latest stunt, called Electrified, which has the risk-taking performer being zapped with 1 million volts of electricity for three full days.
The deal is part of Intel’s ongoing marketing effort behind its Ultrabook initiative. The stunt’s tag line, One Million Volts Always On, is a tie-in to an Ultrabooks instant-on capability.
New York — Acer today added to its S series of high-end Ultrabooks with the introduction of the S7.
The S7, which joins the S3 and S5 in Acer’s lineup, will come in three flavors with two of the models sporting a 13.3-inch display for the first time.
All three feature FullHD touchscreens and a newly designed hinge mechanism that will maintain the display’s proper angle by resisting the force of a finger’s push, said Eric Ackerson, Acer’s senior product marketing and brand manager.
New York – Citing a lack of marketing effort and competition from other devices, IHS iSuppli now anticipates 10.3 million Ultrabooks will ship this year, down from the 22 million originally forecast.
IHS analysts have also cut their Ultrabook shipment projection for 2013. The research firm now has 44 million shipping worldwide after an originally projected 61 million.
New York — Kensington’s computer products group expanded its line of tablet and smartphone accessories, including some SKUs for the new iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, and debuted its first line of Ultrabook accessories.
New from the company are charging devices, security products, cases, docking stations and USB hubs.
Kensington also added new mobile device chargers to its PowerBolt and AbsolutePower car and wall charger line. The new products are compatible with most smartphones and tablets, including the iPhone 5's new Lightning connector.
New York – Hewlett-Packard continued its fall rollout, introducing new Sleekbooks and a high-end laptop.
The new models are the Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 and the HP Envy m4.
The Sleekbooks, which are similar to Ultrabooks but do not meet Intel’s exact specifications to be labeled as such, feature 14- and 15.6-inch displays, are 0.83 inches thick, have up to 1TB of storage, and are powered by an AMD processor.
The 14 and 15 will ship on Oct. 26 with starting prices of $499 and $599, respectively.
New York – Lenovo has introduced and started shipping the latest additions to its IdeaPad S-series laptops.
The IdeaPad S300, S400 and S405 are powered by Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors, with the S405 being equipped with an AMD A8 quad-core processor. Starting price for all models is $499.
Each has up to 500GB of storage, and the S405 is capable of handling 1TB. The S400 models can also be configured with 32GB of solid-state cache to speed performance.
New York – Toshiba is ready for the launch of Windows 8 with five new laptops, including a convertible model, and an upgraded all-in-one PC.
All models will be available on Oct. 26 when Windows 8 becomes available.
The flagship model is the Satellite U925t Ultrabook convertible. This model uses a sliding mechanism to flip the device from notebook to tablet mode, said Toshiba's Young Bae, product marketing manager, digital products division.
Pricing has not been set, but Bae said it will be in the $1,000 range.
New York – Hewlett-Packard began rolling out its Windows 8 products today with the introduction of the HP Envy X2 hybrid PC.
The X2 is a Windows 8 tablet paired with a combination docking station/keyboard. HP said this configuration will allow users to both consumer and create content.
The X2 is expected to ship in time for the holiday selling season, and pricing will be announced closer to the ship date, the company said.