Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2012 22:49 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And finally, finally, finally, Vizio has fully unveiled its brand new line up of laptops and all-in-ones. The successful American TV maker announced its new kit at CES in January, catching my eyes with a set of beautiful, distinctive laptops and all-in-ones, and, as they promised back then, they have now unveiled all. This has want written all over it. Update: Rejoice: non-glossy, matte screens on the laptop.
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RE: That Ultrabook
by phoenix on Fri 15th Jun 2012 04:11 UTC in reply to "That Ultrabook"
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Exactly. Stop making things thinner, and stick bigger/better batteries inside. We don't need laptops under 1" thick ... we need laptops that will last a full work/school day away from an outlet. Just like we don't need phones that are thin enough to slice cheese ... we need phones we can use heavily for a full day (or even three) without lugging a charger around.

We've gone way beyond the useful limits for "thin". We need longer usage times!!

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RE[2]: That Ultrabook
by NuxRo on Fri 15th Jun 2012 08:32 in reply to "RE: That Ultrabook"
NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

Exactly. Stop making things thinner, and stick bigger/better batteries inside. We don't need laptops under 1" thick ... we need laptops that will last a full work/school day away from an outlet. Just like we don't need phones that are thin enough to slice cheese ... we need phones we can use heavily for a full day (or even three) without lugging a charger around.

We've gone way beyond the useful limits for "thin". We need longer usage times!!


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RE[3]: That Ultrabook
by wocowboy on Mon 18th Jun 2012 09:19 in reply to "RE[2]: That Ultrabook"
wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

Evidently there is no demand for a laptop, phone, or whatever, that lasts all day, or the manufacturers would make them. That's why the skinny phones like the Droid Razr sell like hotcakes even though you have to start looking for a power outlet before noon if you use the LTE to any degree at all. Same thing for the ultrabooks. Apple is doing better with their Macbook Airs in this department than the PC makers, but I still want a laptop that lasts all day.

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RE[2]: That Ultrabook
by Treza on Fri 15th Jun 2012 20:45 in reply to "RE: That Ultrabook"
Treza Member since:
2006-01-11

Agreed

Boring chunks of aluminium, MB-Air clone number #21425,
skinny and flat as an anorexic top model.

No, thanks.

I want many connectors and removable parts (ram, HDD...) . I could even like a computer where the (replaceable) AC power supply is integrated.

Some crapwares like evaluation versions of antiviruses are said to be "sponsored" by their providers and actually reduce the price of the windows licence.

Real innovation is to just sell computers without any installed OS and eventually sell separately "real" installation media (CD, USB device...)

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RE[2]: That Ultrabook
by bassbeast on Fri 15th Jun 2012 21:55 in reply to "RE: That Ultrabook"
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2007-11-11

Sadly you can blame what has been labeled "cargo cult usability" and the fact that Apple and their "Art of design" has been such a huge hit.

Just like the cargo cults simply mimicked the most obvious features of an airbase without knowing the reasoning behind it and thought that it would work, these companies are taking the most obvious part of Apple design, the "thin and sleek look" and copying it hoping like the cults to replicate success.

Personally i'm with you, I'd rather have longer battery life which is why i went an got a EEE AMD netbook, as while its not as thin and sleek as the new machines it gets around 6 hours for me playing 720p video, longer for surfing, and a third party battery can get that up to closer to 12 if i need the extra time. But it looks like sadly we are in the minority as people keep buying these thinner devices, it doesn't help that many like my cousins have already been trained to carry a charger with them everywhere because of how quickly you can drain these devices, they just go from outlet to outlet as if that should just be expected, never questioning it.

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RE[2]: That Ultrabook
by Soulbender on Sat 16th Jun 2012 14:08 in reply to "RE: That Ultrabook"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You got it all wrong. These things are not for using on-the-go, they are for showing off in the nearest coffee-shop.

Edited 2012-06-16 14:09 UTC

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