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Intel's Plan To Make Laptops Sexy Again: Ultrabooks
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Hal Elujah
Hal Elujah,
User Rank: Strategist
9/6/2012 | 9:27:27 PM
re: Intel's Plan To Make Laptops Sexy Again: Ultrabooks
I am an adjunct professor and am beginning to see more and more students bringing tablets to class for note-taking. Since I teach business writing, I am sure they also have PCs or Macs back in their dorms for "real" writing. What interests me is that even though one of the premises of the tablets was to get rid of keyboards, my students always pair their tablets with keyboards. Doesn't that turn the tablets into micro-ultra-macbooks or something?
User Rank: Ninja
8/23/2012 | 11:41:30 AM
re: Intel's Plan To Make Laptops Sexy Again: Ultrabooks
It is not about making them sexy again, it is only about making them expensive again, meaning increase the margins that companies can charge. On top of that, Intel is just expensive to begin with across the board. You can get comparable processing power from AMD for a fraction of the price.
User Rank: Ninja
8/22/2012 | 2:56:35 PM
re: Intel's Plan To Make Laptops Sexy Again: Ultrabooks
So Ultrabooks are just really copying the MacBook Air. They haven't made it yet. They may never make it entirely. So why not mention that machine here, as that's what Intel is aiming for?

Let's face it, o matter what you say, a motebook is never going to be equivelant to a tablet, that is, iPad, as we shouldn't be afraid to say the truth here. IPads are at the beginning of their life cycle, and have a long future of major upgrades ahead of them.

But notebooks have already, except for the gaming and 3D program crowds, reached a point in which performance is pretty good already. Longer battery use is the main area in which they need improvement. Whether that can be done while bringing weight down further remains to be seen.

But iPads will remain far more convenient as they become powerful enough to handle most everything a good notebook can.

I remember the days when laptops were heavy, had short battery life, and we're too weak for "real" computing. The only area in which iPads are being considered to be deficient is in power, and perhaps (just for some), the lack of a built-in keyboard, which is easily remedied.

If people continue to move to iPads, there may be nothing computer manufacturers can do about it. Win 8 isn't a solution, as I've yet to read a single article about it that wasn't more negative than positive.

It needs to be pointed out that in a recent survey, almost 35% of people buying an iPad are using them as their only computer, except for a smartphone, possibly. In addition, a number of large companies, and government agencies are supplying their people with iPads instead of notebooks, and reports from them are that the people are happier, and more efficient.

Steve Jobs, right before he came back to Apple, was asked what he would do if he did come back. His answer?

"I would milk the Mac for all it was worth, and then move on to the next big thing."

He did that. It's the iPad, after all, and it will change everything.
User Rank: Apprentice
8/21/2012 | 6:35:02 PM
re: Intel's Plan To Make Laptops Sexy Again: Ultrabooks
I just got back from a five day conference where I decided to bring my iPad 2 (with a bluetooth keyboard) and no laptop. Looking around the session rooms, it looked like maybe 30 or 40% of my fellow attendees who had a device with them had made the same choice. The iPad's battery lasted longer than the laptop's did the previous year -- I made zero pit stops for charging it during the day -- and if that weren't enough, it didn't kill my shoulder and it was easy to whip out to check something quickly, with no power-on time, and no embarrassing-in-a-quiet-room startup chime. Anything beyond its capabilities was handled by using remote access to get at my office desktop through an RDP app. The notes I took on Pages were easy to download on my desktop from the iCloud site and open in Word.

It was fantastic. Never going back to lugging a laptop through an airport.

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