Sleek, curved designs. An arresting use of midnight-black glass. Shock-absorbent magnesium alloy. These are the premium features that define the new breed of slim Ultrabooks—notebooks and laptops with Intel processors, solid-state drives (SSD) instead of hard drives, minimal size and weight, and extra-long battery life. Ultrabooks, a category of computer inspired by the sliver-thin MacBook Air, were the unexpected stars at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Here, we highlight seven of the best new releases on the market.
The Ultimate Ultrabooks
See our comparative look at the slimmest, sleekest new laptops.
Acer Aspire S5
Talk about a light sleeper. The elegant follow-up to the S3, the 15mm-thick S5 weighs just 2.97 pounds and wakes from sleep in 1.5 seconds. It also showcases some innovations in its solid metal chassis and "MagicFlip," a button that lowers a motorized drop-down port cover with additional inputs (USB 3.0, HDMI, and—a PC first—Thunderbolt interface). The system ties into the new AcerCloud service, which syncs media and files across devices, so no more wondering where those song files are ("On the other computer again?"). Quite possibly the thinnest ultrabook on the market, the S5 should be available in the spring.
Price: not yet available
Available: shipping in mid 2012 (rumored April/May/June)