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Are laptops dead? Manufacturers made their pitch with numerous new models at one of the world's largest tech shows, Computex 2012. The latest come in all different sizes, shapes, and even come apart.
See previous ZDNet coverage:
Computex 2012: AMD announces new E-Series processors, says it can do ultrathin laptops too
Computex 2012: Intel strikes back with a new wave of Ultrabooks
Computex 2012: ARM is positioned for the post-PC era
Computex 2012: Hands-on with Windows RT, Asus announces new Transformers
The Asus N56V is a 15.6-inch laptop weighing in at 6 pounds, a middleweight system approaching the "desktop replacement" category. The slightly bronzed notebook has a 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution display, 8GB of RAM, a 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics. The speakers above the keyboard fired off loud and crisp sound, but I wasn't as concerned with system design in this case; I focused chiefly on Ivy Bridge CPU performance.
Specs: 15.6-inch screen, third-generation Core processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 1TB 5400RPM or 750GB 7200RPM HDD, GeForce GT630M.
See the CNET first look.
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Sony's first ultrabook, the Vaio T, doesn't fall far from the tree of other thin Sony laptops like the Vaio Z, but it's far more affordable: this is ultrabook-as-budget-laptop, not ultrabook as high-end computer.
Specs: 13-inch screen, Core i5 3317U, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 1366x768, 1.6kg.
See the CNET review.