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.
Details on Vizio's 15-inch Thin + Light have been scarce, but the website claims we'll see it sometime in spring 2012. Here's what we know from early reports: The notebook's body and screen enclosure are crafted from a single piece of aluminum (a move begun by Apple), features an SD-card slot, and can hit a 1920 x 1080 resolution (14-inch version supports 1600 x 900). Most notable is Vizio's coy mention of an "as yet unavailable" CPU, which likely means the notebook will employ Intel's next-generation "Ivy Bridge" processors—potentially making the Vizio Thin + Light the fastest performer of the bunch by far.
Price: not yet available
Available: spring 2012