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New From HP: Stylish Ultrabooks and a Wafer-Thin 'Sleekbook'

HP's summer newcomers will include a high-end Ultrabook, a low-cost Envy, an ultrathin Sleekbook, and a business EliteBook.

Five Good Laptop Bargains to Consider

Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo all have good bargains right now on laptops equipped with older CPUs. But should you wait for laptops powered by new Ivy Bridge chips to hit the shelves? We break it down.

Sony Vaio T Ultrabooks: Ivy Bridge Support, Specs, Pricing Revealed

The Vaio T13 and T11 are both available for advance order and configuration at a German website; their main difference is the display size.

Ultrabook Prices Could Dip to $599 Thanks to Use of Plastic Materials

These lower-priced Ultrabooks will use plastic materials for the chassis, rather than the more pricey aluminum used today.

Gaming Laptops Now Available With Intel's Hot Ivy Bridge Processors

Gaming laptops with the new Ivy Bridge chips--from Alienware, Asus, Samsung, and others--are ready for you to order.

Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Appear to Run Hotter Than Sandy Bridge Chips When Overclocked

Several tests find Ivy Bridge processors to run much hotter than second-generation Sandy Bridge chips when significantly overclocked.

MSI GT70, GT60 Gaming Laptops Pack Ivy Bridge Chips, Color Keyboards

The MSI gaming laptops are two of the first out to sport Intel’s new third-generation Ivy Bridge processor.

First Ivy Bridge Ultrabook Laptops to Launch June 5

Although the first round of Ivy Bridge processors is headed to high-end PCs, Ultrabooks--and laptops in general--seem to be the real winners when it comes to upgrading to Intel's new processor line.

New Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops Will Ditch The Classic Keyboard

The traditional ThinkPad keyboard earned its reputation as being best for typing accuracy and comfort. Now a new contender is taking its place.

Dell Refreshes Alienware Laptop Line, Discontinues M11x

Dell is refreshing most of its Alienware gaming laptop line, but it's getting rid of the baby of the bunch.

First Impressions: HTC Evo 4G LTE

The HTC Evo 4G LTE has an impressive camera and big, bright display.

Gamer Alert: Asus G75 Laptop with Ivy Bridge Processor, NVidia Kepler Graphics Available for Pre-Order

The G75 is the newest laptop that will feature Intel's new processor and NVidia's powerful graphics.

What Will Windows 8 Touchscreen Laptops Look Like?

Windows 8's touch-centric interface may make tablet-style touchscreens possible on laptops. Here are some examples of features that Win 8 laptops might incorporate.

Intel: Ultrabooks Offer More Choice, Better Value Than MacBook Air or iPad

In an interview with PCWorld, Intel officials call Ultrabooks more useful for real work than iPads, and a better value than laptops such as the MacBook Air. Plus, they reveal what's ahead for Ultrabooks in 2012 and 2013.

Intel Ivy Bridge Chips: Launch Dates Leaked

Should you buy a laptop now with a second-generation Intel Sandy Bridge processor or hold out for the next-generation chip? Here's a schedule of what's coming up and when.