Intel mostly rehashed Ultrabook news and features we’ve known for some time. All of the new Ultrabooks Intel is expecting will be powered by third-generation Ivy Bridge Core processors. They also feature fast resume times (about 7 seconds) from sleep. Features such as Intel Smart Connect lets your laptop automatically update e-mail and social networks in sleep mode. Later this year, Ultrabooks will come loaded with voice command software from Nuance Communications allowing you to use your voice to launch apps, play local media, start an online voice chat, and search the Web. Touch-based Ultrabooks will roll out later this year, Intel said, probably around the expected October launch of Windows 8.
Some of the latest Ultrabooks to come out include Lenovo’s sleek new IdeaPad models, the U310 and U410. Both devices are less than an inch thick and priced below $800, meeting Intel’s goal of offering sub-$1,000 Ultrabooks. Sony also recently launched a new Ultrabook, the Sony Vaio T13, that is also less than an inch thick, features a 13.3-inch screen, a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, a 500GB hard drive, and an $800 price tag. PCWorld’s review gave Sony’s new Ultrabook 3.5 out of 5 stars calling it a “middle-of-the-road Ultrabook.”
But these models are just the beginning of a big Ivy Bridge-powered Ultrabook rollout. If you’re in the market for a new ultraportable laptop, you might want wait and see what else computer manufacturers roll out over the next 30 days before grabbing a new clamshell.