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Building the perfect ultrabook and where PC makers are wrong

Editorial It appears as though we're just now arriving to that sweet spot where fewer compromises can be made to build fast and svelte machines that are budget-friendly, all at the same time. However, it's easy to miss what a true next-generation ultraportable notebook should be.

Manufacturers are short-sighted if they only focus on building fast machines that weigh 3 pounds or less, without putting design and user experience at the core of their future developments. Here are some key aspects where I believe PC makers should focus and where some are already failing on their first try to deliver a killer ultrabook.

Sony, Acer and NEC announce new tablets

Sony, Acer and NEC announce new tablets

The unrelenting surge of tablet news continues today with fresh announcements from Sony, Acer and NEC. First up, Sony has finally announced the launch of its new consumer slate, the 9.4-inch Honeycomb-based Tablet S. To accompany its dreary name, the device…
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review

Today we’ll be looking at another tablet built around Android, this time coming from a traditional PC maker. With tablets eating up on netbook sales at an accelerated pace, we can clearly see where Acer is headed with the Acer Iconia Tab A500.

We intend to figure out what’s Acer proposition with the Iconia Tab, not only from a value perspective -- a driving force of netbook sales -- but in terms of features, design and overall experience using Android Honeycomb 3.1.

Acer launches new sub-$500 desktops, touchscreen

Acer launches new sub-$500 desktops, touchscreen

Acer's getting a jumpstart on its back-to-school lineup today, unveiling two new mass market desktop ranges: the Aspire M and X Series. Starting at less than $500, both are intended for everyday productivity and multimedia purposes, featuring relatively powerful processors…