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Ultrabooks vs. 13" MacBook Air: Is the Apple Tax Real?

Earlier this week Apple announced updates to its entire notebook lineup, bringing it up to date with Ivy Bridge processors and a few other goodies. Like them, many other computer manufacturers have been showcasing new and updated laptops over the past few days and weeks.

Ultrabooks in particular received quite a bit of attention, and we’re not surprised. Intel is putting a lot of weight behind the concept and expects it to be the main driver of PC market growth in the short term. With that in mind, we’re taking a couple of Wintel alternatives to check how well they stack up next to the new 13-inch MacBook Air.

Rumor: Apple to launch 15" MacBook Air next month

Rumors are flying once again that Apple is due to release a 15-inch version of their popular MacBook Air ultra-portable notebook, after a "premium Mac dock maker" detailed the plans to Electricpig at this week's CU Exposed show in London.…

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.

Rumor: Ultra-thin 15-inch Macbook coming Q2, 2012?

News of an ultra-thin, 15-inch Macbook has been circulating for awhile now. A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Apple was rumored to have completed development of an LCD test component. There are now reports that Apple's suppliers are…

Ultrabook parts could cost PC makers as little as $475

Intel may have already cleared a potential roadblock recently reported regarding development of sub-$1,000 Ultrabooks. Citing notebook makers, DigiTimes claims that Intel has produced a revised bill of materials that would significantly lower the pre-manufacturing cost of Ultrabooks.

Rumor: Apple working on ultra-thin 15" and 17" MacBooks

After refreshing its 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air models last week, Apple is reportedly planning to add yet another ultra-thin unit to its lineup. According to Macrumors, the company is performing final tests on a 15-inch laptop that will come…

Apple readying iMac, MacBook Air Sandy Bridge refreshes

If you're shopping for new iMac or MacBook Air, it's probably in your best interest to hold off for a few weeks. Current iMac supplies are very constrained and according to 9to5 Mac's sources, Apple stopped shipping iMacs to resellers…