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Along with the parade of Windows and Android tablets being rolled out, the story of the annual Computex trade show has to be the launch of Intel's Haswell processors -- and the subsequent flurry of PCs launched in Taipei around the new and improved fourth-generation Core CPUs. The architectural improvements in Haswell have led to improvements in both performance and battery life, which means it should come as no surprise that laptop makers have jumped to announce notebooks, both brand-new or freshly updated, that take advantage of the new processors.
Here's a sampling of 10 of the most intriguing laptops launched at Computex this year. Which one are you most exicted about? Or are you waiting for Apple to announce its Haswell plans, possibly at the upcoming WWDC event? Let us know in the Talkback section.
Sony Vaio Duo 13 Ultrabook
The Duo 13 is an update to the Vaio Duo 11, which Sony released several months as a Windows 8 laptop that uses a sliding hinge to switch into tablet mode. The new version maintains the same convertible design with a bigger full 1080p HD touchscreen and upgraded Haswell processors. As the image above shows, you can use the included digitizer pen to input on the screen, or you can just make use of your fingers. You also get a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera that incorporates Sony's Exmor RS for PC image sensor. Our sister site CNET has a hands-on with the Vaio Duo 13, and still bemoans the inability to tilt the screen, while finding the slider mechanism and touch pad much improved.
Sony Vaio Pro 13/11 Ultrabooks
Sony may have delivered the best Windows-based competitor to the MacBook Air yet with the new Vaio Pro Ultrabook line. Built with carbon fiber, the Vaio Pro 11 weighs a mere 1.9 pounds and the Pro 13 just 2.3 pounds; both are 0.68 inches thick. Our sister site CNET has already secured units and provided some hands-on testing of the Pro 13 and a full review of the Pro 11. While the base MacBook Air models currently cost less than the $1,150 base Pro 11 and $1,250 Pro 13, they offer lower-res screens and less solid-state storage capacity. Of course, with rumors circulating that MacBook refreshes with Haswell processors could be due as early as next week's Apple WWDC, the Vaio Pro Ultrabooks could lose some of their competitive advantage.