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Dell is trying an unusual strategy to try and steer ultrabook buyers towards the XPS 13 on Thursday. Nicknamed the Ultrabook Challenge, the demo campaign Thursday amounts to a blind taste test for the thin-and-light notebooks. Starting in San Francisco first, those at the corner of Chestnut and Scott, and later at Fisherman's Wharf, are being asked to pick an ultrabook based on "look and feel" with all the branding covered up, ostensibly to avoid bias.
Toshiba has begun selling its Portege Z830 and Z835 13.3-inch ultrabooks through its online store. The computer builder is offering four pre-configured models as well as a build-your-own option at prices starting at $930. All models run low-voltage Intel Core processors.
The first batch of ultrabooks attempting to take on the MacBook Air might be produced with intentionally low production numbers to test the market, notebook industry insiders purported late Monday. Systems like the Acer Aspire S3, Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, and Toshiba Portege Z830 may all ship in early production runs under 50,000. The move Digitimes understood would be for "testing the water" to see if a market exists for non-Mac versions of the ultraportables.
Toshiba threw its hat into competition in the ultrabook space with the Portege Z830. By using a mix of aluminum and magnesium alloy, the system manages to be both thinner and much lighter than the MacBook Air at just 2.45 pounds and 0.63 inches at its most. The design has also been carefully shaped to keep more traditional ports alive. It carries a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and separate HDMI and VGA video outputs along with a card reader and headphone jack.
Toshiba on Tuesday brought three new pro notebooks to the US to take advantage of Intel's 2011 Core (Sandy Bridge) hardware. Leading the group is the Portege R830, the latest refresh of its full-speed ultraportable. The inch-thick system now packs a newer, full-power Core i3, i5, or i7 and the much faster Intel graphics while adding a USB 3.0 port and the option of Bluetooth 3.0.
Toshiba's R800-series notebooks, which were detailed in recent reports, have finally been paired with prices and detailed specs. The company's website lists several R835 configurations, including an $889 option with Intel's Sandy Bridge Core i3 processor running at 2.1GHz. Moving up to $929 jumps to a Core i5 processor running at 2.3GHz.
Toshiba on Wednesday announced the upcoming release of four new notebooks with integrated WiMAX modems. Based on existing products, the 16-inch Satellite A665 and 14-inch Satellite M645, 13.3-inch Portégé R705 and 14-inch Satellite E205 each can connect to Sprint's 4G WiMAX network, which is live in 54 cities across the US. The service gives about 3Mbps to 6Mbps downstream.
Toshiba after months of teases confirmed its launch into the mobile tablet space through the Folio 100. The 10-inch tablet runs a heavily modified version of Android 2.2 and is one of the first major shipping devices to use NVIDIA's Tegra 2. The dual-core ARM chip is powerful enough to play 1080p over a mini HDMI output but is still efficient enough to give the tablet a meaningful, if short, seven hours of battery life.
Continuing on its notebook launches, Toshiba today rolled out wht it says is the lightest full notebook. The Portege R700 weighs just three pounds and measures under 0.7 inches thick but still has full notebook processors, up to and including the dual Core i7. In spite of its weight, it should last for up to 8.5 hours on its stock battery and 12.5 hours with a nine-cell extended pack.
Toshiba's rugged Portégé M780 tablet notebook introduced earlier this year is now available for sale in the US. The product page reveals previously unknown details about the 12.1-inch PC, which can be dropped from up to 3 feet without its hard drive suffering permanent damage. The US-spec M780 can be had with a 2.13GHz Intel Core i3, 2.4GHz Core i5, or 2.66GHz Core i7 and anywhere from 2GB to 8GB of RAM.