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  • Omoronovo - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Optical drives are a dying breed and certainly extremely rare in the ultrabook form factor, but many people (including myself) would still be interested in having one. It's all well and good carrying around a usb optical drive in case you need it, but this seems like it goes against the point of ultrabooks if you have to lug a whole bunch of peripherals around anyway.

    Did ECS have any details on expected internal specifications or display resolution? IVB is pretty much a given along with HD4000, but if it has 8GB of ram or more with at least 1600x900 display resolution, I would happily pay a premium over lower resolution optical-drive free ultrabooks.
  • HHChadW - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Too bad it is all ECS, which I believe is Chinese for 'crap electronics.' Sorry, but I prefer serious hardware for serious tasks for even for gaming, not half-baked junk that burns out randomly. Reply
  • Arnulf - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    "As you can expect, ECS were unwilling to explain how exactly their Super Alloy chokes work, but advertise that they offer 1.5x longevity, low electromagnetic interference, and up to 30% current delivery. In reality, 99% of users will not ever see a difference in operation, however I am informed that demand is there from various sources to increase the longevity of the power delivery."

    In reality, chokes are passive components with no life-span, short of shoddy construction which woudl lead to rpemature break-down of insulation coating. They are either saying that these chokes last 1.5 times infinity or that their other chokes suck so much that they become defective long before capacitors wear out or FETs explode ... either way, pretty stupid of them, They are obviously targeting clueless morons with their products.

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