Tech Minute: ‘Ultrabooks’ The Hot New Gadget

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — This year’s Consumer Electronics Show featured plenty of cool, new gadgets. But among the biggest hits were ultrabooks, which basically combine laptops and tablets into one device.

Ultrabooks are described as computers under three pounds, less than 21 millimeters thick. There are also power specifications that help define what qualifies as an ultrabook.

Intel is seeking to hold the prices on ultrabooks below $1,000.

One of the ultrabooks Best Buy showed WCCO-TV featured no moving parts inside. Not only did it not feature a DVD drive, but it didn’t even have a hard drive. The ultrabook instead uses solid state electronics.

Ultrabooks will soon be all over the place later this year. Among the manufacturers offering ultrabooks include Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Dell.

  • Oh boy

    Well – Call me perplexed. Since when is a solid state drive not a hard drive???? LMAO
    I’m a techy and system builder. A SSD is a hard disk ….. just a different spin on it.
    Nice try but careful with the verbage

    • david

      @Oh boy, i hear ya. let’s give them an “E” for effort :) they tried.. and remember, they keep us employed :)

      I’m too a techie.. i love it when people say “jigga byte” and UBS cables.. oh and when they refer to their desktop as a modem. :)

  • Joe

    @oh boy, really nitpicking there aren’t we? Oh, by the way, a SSD has no “disc or disk” to speak of, so technically and literally a SSD is not a disk at all. It is hard, but that is about it. I think that calling it a SSD alleviates customer confusion and is an actual attempt to educate. Why would anyone want to still call anything a generic term? Let’s just call flash drives “floppy disks” while we are at it..

  • Juann

    relatively harmless galeill drugs.Is it the drugs that are relatively harmless (I would argue that they are very harmful) or their proportional use to tobacco (Tobacco use causes far more health problems than illicit drugs).But I do take your general point the tobacco companies have enormous influence and use this to their advantage, even the in knowledge that their product kills.

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