CES 2012 ultrabooks and tablets

HP, Acer, LG, Lenovo among vendors touting flashy new wares at CES 2012


Ultrabooks! Ultrabooks! That’s the official biggest buzzword for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ultrabooks! In honor of these purportedly magical super-thin laptops, we’ve decided to make a compilation of some of the ultrabooks you’ll see at CES next week. And for good measure, we’ve thrown in a tablet that will garner a lot of attention as well. Enjoy!

HP Folio 13

Now that HP has (smartly) decided against spinning off its PC business, it’s decided to release a cutting-edge ultrabook to celebrate. The Folio 13 runs on Windows 7 and features a second-generation Intel Core i5 Mobile Processor, a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels, 128GB of storage and weighs 3.3 pounds.

The LG Z330 and Z430

These two ultrabooks both feature Intel’s second-generation Core i7 processor and are LG’s main new computers heading into CES. The Z330 is the smaller of the two, featuring a 13.3-inch display and weighing in at a mere 2.7 pounds. The Z430 is slightly larger at 14 inches and features storage capacity of up to 500GB. Like the Z330, it is light for its size, weighing in at 3.3 pounds.

Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook

The Series 5 ultrabook went on presale this week starting a $900, which is a pretty good bargain for a computer that features 500GB of HDD storage, a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a 13.3-inch display. Oh, and like most ultrabooks, it doesn’t weigh much – just 3.24 pounds.

Lenovo ThinkPad T430u

The new ThinkPad T430u is a business-oriented ultrabook that is priced very attractively at $849. What makes this device particularly cool is that users will get a choice of having an SSD that is much more durable than standard hard drives or an HDD that has up to 1TB in storage space. In other specs, the ultrabook has a 14-inch display, is 0.8 inches thick and weighs less than four pounds.

Acer Iconia A200 tablet

No, Acer isn’t getting out of the tablet market anytime soon. The new Iconia A200 will feature a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, 1GB of memory and will run on Android 3.2 (“Honeycomb”) at first, with an upgrade to Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) due to be pushed out in February. The tablet is priced at $330 for an 8GB model.

We want to hear from YOU!

Are ultrabooks the coolest thing you’ve seen this year? Or are they just MacBook Air ripoffs? Let us know in the comments!