High-End Laptop Recommendations Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream offerings – and let's not forget the related Tablets guide, which overlaps with hybrid devices. Today, we wrap up our laptop coverage with the final catch-all category: "high-end" laptops. High-end means different things to different people, and with a price range of $1500 to $3000+ (you can spend more, but we'll try to keep things at least somewhat reasonable) there are a ton of options. The bird's eye overview is that most people spending this much money on a laptop want a top quality device that also offers excellent performance, and it should have a display...

Acer’s Timeline Ultra M5: Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks with Kepler GPUs

In an interesting twist, back in March when NVIDIA was unveiling their new Kepler GPUs, Acer started shipping their Timeline Ultra M3 Ultrabook before the Kepler NDA expired. While...

20 by Jarred Walton on 6/20/2012

The MacBook Pro Inspired ASUS S-Series Ultrabook, Below $899

While the world waits for thinner, higher-resolution notebooks from Apple, ASUS delivered part of that with its new S-Series Ultrabooks revealed at Computex this year. Priced below $899 (basically...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

ASUS' Touch Enabled Zenbook Prime UX21A

Ultrabooks got off to a very rough start. The initial designs failed to impress, but the second generation based on Ivy Bridge seem to be a lot better. We...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

Fujitsu Launches New U772 and UH572 Ultrabooks

Fujitsu isn’t one of the companies we at AnandTech usually encounter in the realm of laptops; for whatever reason, their presence in the US market is decidedly limited. Nevertheless...

12 by Jarred Walton on 6/6/2012

Computex 2012 Show Floor: Ultrabooks with Discrete GPUs

We’ve already seen one Ultrabook with a discrete GPU—Acer’s TimelineU M3—but that was an “old” Sandy Bridge Ultrabook. At Computex 2012, several more Ultrabooks sporting discrete GPUs have shown...

8 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2012

Toshiba Brings Something New to Ultrabooks

Of the first crop of ultrabooks, Toshiba's Portege Z835 may not have been a big winner in terms of performance, but for usability and perhaps most importantly, price, it...

8 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/5/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M: Kepler GK104 Goes Mobile

Origin PC spoiled the GTX 680M launch party a bit with their announcement of their new EON15-S and EON17-S notebooks this morning, but NVIDIA asked us to avoid discussing...

46 by Jarred Walton on 6/4/2012

Sony Goes Whole Hog With a New Ultrabook, Updates Vaio Notebook Line

It's not surprising with Computex on and hardware refreshes from the three major players (AMD, Intel, NVIDIA) that vendors have been updating their offerings. What is surprising is just...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/4/2012

Lenovo: New Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks and Increasing Market Share

Lenovo is hardly a new name in the computer industry, as they're one of the top five PC OEMs in worldwide sales right now. In fact, Lenovo was keen...

13 by Jarred Walton on 6/4/2012

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Teardown

ASUS' Zenbook Prime is due for its official launch later this month. As we found in our early review of the UX21A, ASUS addressed nearly every problem we had...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

Mobile Ivy Bridge HD 4000 Investigation: Real-Time iGPU Clocks on ULV vs. Quad-Core

Earlier today we posted our review of Intel’s Ivy Bridge ULV Ultrabook. In it, we found that while the maximum iGPU clock on the ULV HD 4000 is 1150MHz—just...

35 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2012

Dual Core/GT2 Ivy Bridge Die Measured: ~121mm^2

I mentioned Intel's desired secrecy around die sizes and transistor counts for the majority of the Ivy Bridge lineup in our 3470 review from this morning. While I can't...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2012

Intel Dual-Core Mobile Ivy Bridge Launch and i5-3427U Ultrabook Review

Back in April, Intel launched their latest CPU architecture along with their 22nm process: Ivy Bridge. Similar to the Sandy Bridge launch last year, the first parts to come...

64 by Jarred Walton on 5/31/2012

ASUS' Zenbook SSD and Apple's MacBook Air SSD Are Not Compatible

In working on yesterday's Zenbook Prime review I ran into a problem with the 256GB Sandisk U100 drive that came with my review sample. Unfortunately, since the drive doesn't...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2012

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Review: The First of the 2nd Gen Ultrabooks

The first round of Ultrabooks were mostly underwhelming. It shouldn't be a surprise, but many of the efforts were just half hearted at best. Of the companies who shipped...

192 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/22/2012

HP Unveils New Ultrabooks, "Sleekbooks"

At the 2012 Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai, HP announced a full slate of new thin-and-light and ultrabook systems, and we've gotten to go hands on with all of...

23 by Vivek Gowri on 5/10/2012

HP Folio 13 Review: Deviating From the Norm

The initial bum rush of ultrabooks resulted in, with limited exception, a lot of designs that took most of their cues from Apple's MacBook Air. Even Dell's XPS 13...

88 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/17/2012

Acer Aspire TimelineU M3: Life on the Kepler Verge

Some of our editors recently had the opportunity to take part in NVIDIA's Editor's Day in California's "sunny" San Francisco to be briefed on new products. While we can't...

76 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/13/2012

Dell XPS 13: A Different Kind of Ultrabook

Late last year, before CES, we had the opportunity to check out Dell's then-upcoming entrant to Intel's nascent ultrabook market, the XPS 13. Dell has been refocusing their XPS...

85 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/13/2012

Sony VAIO: Z with Dock, SE with IPS, and an Ultrabook Concept

When we stopped by the Sony booth, there was plenty to see. Vivek will be covering some of the other areas—tablets and gaming devices—while I’ll focus on the laptop...

20 by Jarred Walton on 1/15/2012

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