"This system is intended to move around the house, for new experiences, uses, and collaboration," said Ernesto Martinez, a client innovation engineer at Intel who helped develop the prototype. "When you are working, it has all the features of a desktop. At the end of the day, you lay it down to play with the kids or take it to your room and hang it on the wall to use as a TV."
The (27 inch) display of Intel's new prototype has 1080p HD resolution, is about 2.5 inches thick, and contains a processor and all the components a PC needs, as well as two large, flat batteries. For desktop use, it can be set on a dock that charges the computer, connects to a keyboard and mouse, and contains a DVD drive, ports, and a graphics processor to allow high-performance gaming. The touch interface can be used both when the display is docked and when it isn't.”
Back to school backpacks and holiday stockings this Fall should feature plenty of Ultrabooks. From ZDNet
“When the Ultrabook concept was first introduced with the promise of more than 60 designs in the pipeline, the general average price was $999. That's a fairly good deal for the form factor and processing power offered within many of those designs.
However, let's face it. With the MacBook Air also starting at $999, the competition for Intel and its Ultrabook partner ecosystem was going to be incredibly fierce.
But at $699? Now you're putting a fully-fledged, powerful computing machine at an incredibly low price point and even in the same pricing realm as tablets. Otellini also specified that at least more than 40 of the approximately 140 Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks in the pipeline will be touch-enabled with another dozen released as convertibles. Thus, at least some of those could steal away tablet sales.”
Photo of the Toshiba Portege Z835 which last Fall stood out as it was priced in some sales at $ 599.
One of the most innovative things about the Microsoft tablet announced Monday will be its "integrated kickstand and a 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad"
Courtesy of Dennis Howlett (who in turn heard about it from Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com) I learned iPad users can get similar functionality from Logitech and of course, keep their retina display and zillions of apps. Of course, the Surface will boast a full size USB port and other nice features. And the Logitech is fat - 8 instead of 3 mm :)
One of the most innovative features of the just announced tablet
Surface comes with an integrated kickstand and a 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad. The Touch Cover connects to the Surface with a single magnetic click.
“Barnes and Noble launched the Nook Color last year with the aim of enabling a more interactive user experience and tighter Web integration than conventional e-book readers. The device's color touchscreen and assortment of Internet-enabled applications help differentiate it from Amazon's increasingly ubiquitous Kindle.
The Nook Color is an intriguing product, but its most compelling feature isn't listed on the box. Beneath the e-book reader facade, the Nook Color runs Google's powerful Android mobile operating system. Barnes and Noble intends to eventually expose more of the Nook's Android functionality to end users in future updates, but Android enthusiasts have already gotten a head start.”