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By all means, we were quite impressed when we first laid eyes on NEC’s LaVie Z early last month, but much to our disappointment, details were a wee bit scarce at that time. Fortunately for us (and you), however, the company’s finally detailed the specs we can expect to see on its 13.3-inch Ultrabook. Among these are — you guessed it — Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs (i5-3317U, i7-3517U) and an above-average 1600 x 900 display — of course, let’s not forget it’s all bundled up in a 999g package, or about 2.2 pounds if the gram system isn’t your thing. As stated earlier, the LaVie Z will be Japan-only once it launches later this summer, though NEC has said it hopes to bring the Ultrabook to other markets at some point in the future. We’ll have to wait and see.
When Intel first unveiled its grand plans for Ultrabooks at last year’s Computex, many of the fireworks were consciously reserved for Ivy Bridge-based variants in 2012 — well, they’re here. This year’s show in Taipei will show off the third generation of the skinny, MacBook Air-inspired platform, and Intel is toughening up the design requirements in the process. The thickness requirements are the same as last year, at 18mm for systems with screens under 14 inches and 21mm for bigger machines, but high-speed ports are now mandatory to get that coveted “Ultrabook” label and the full marketing weight of Intel’s $ 300 million Ultrabook Fund: if a PC doesn’t have either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt, it’s out of the running. Intel also wants security built-in, rather than optional, as well as guarantees that a system is quick and responsive when it’s fully awake. Not that this would be terribly hard with the low-voltage Ivy Bridge processors launching at the same time, mind you.
Just to reinforce the importance of it all, Intel is noting that the flood of Ultrabooks is about to pick up in a big way as the category hits the mainstream. We were promised 75 Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks this year in a presentation back at CES; that number’s now up to 110, 30 of which will be Windows 8-friendly touchscreen models and another 10 opting for the convertible tablet route. At least some of those lightweight portables should pop up at Computex next week, and you can be sure we’ll be investigating as many of them as we can to see just how well Intel’s partners have advanced the game.
Logitech reveals Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the third-gen iPad, a set of keys that protect your slate for $99
Ever thought to yourself that those Smart Covers would be so much better if they somehow had a keyboard built in? Perhaps not, but Logitech is looking to fill the void anyway. The outfit has announced its Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for this year’s iPad. On the business side of the accessory, you’ll find a full Bluetooth keyboard with function keys that will last up to six months — that is, if you can manage to limit your use to under two hours a day. Securing your slate during those heavy typing sessions is a built-in stand that sits atop the keypad; however, it appears that you’re stuck with only one viewing angle. Around back, the cover will protect that precious Retina display while providing instant on / off functionality like the original Smart Covers did, complete with magnetic clip. Don’t fret, it’ll also play nice with the second-gen model, just in case you haven’t committed to the latest Apple tablet. Available later this month in both the US and Europe, the keyboard cover will cause you to fork over $ 100 before employing either of its services. Full details are in the PR below and a few press shots wait in the gallery that follows.
Gallery: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover