HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 Can a touchscreen notebook bridge the gap between tablets and laptops? HP seems to think so. This inexpensive ultrabook comes with a 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, and a 32GB solid state cache. This configuration will set you back $799.99. This 14-inch machine will be available in December 2012 from HP.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Apple doesn't make a convertible laptop/tablet combination, which could be one of the reasons that there are so many that are upcoming. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga is more of a hybrid than HP's Envy ×2. The base $999.99 configuration comes with an Intel Core i3-3217U (1.80GHz 1600MHz 3MB) processor, 4GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch LED display with 1600 × 900 resolution, a 128GB SSD, and will last you up to 8 hours. It will be available in December.
HP ENVY ×2 PC Convertible tablet-notebooks aren't something new, but they have rarely been very successful. HP's ENVY ×2 seeks to change this. This 11.6-inch convertible unit weighs 3.1 lbs, and has an Intel Atom 1.8GHz dual core processor, LED-backlit IPS Display with 1366 × 768 resolution, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 1080p HD front facing webcam. It will cost $849.99 and will be available from HP on November 14th, 2012.
Asus Taichi Dual Screen Tablet/Laptop There's something tantalizing about dual screen laptops. The Taichi has a Core i5 processor running at 1.7GHz, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and two USB 3.0 ports. The base model sells for $1,299. It weighs 2.75 lbs. Both 11.6-inch screens have a 1920 × 1080 resolution. The tablet is located on the outside, while you need to open the device to access the notebook. It will be available in November. A month later, the Taichi 31 is supposed to be released. It will cost $1,499 and has a 13-inch screen. It will have a 256GB SSD and a Core i7 processor.
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook This 13-inch machine has a starting price of $809.99 for the Core i3 version. It has a 1366 × 768 resolution, 4GB or RAM, 500GB of storage, with a 24GB SSD built-in directly on the motherboard. It weighs 3.83 lbs and will be available in November.
Vizio All-in-One Touchscreen PC Vizio's refresh of their All-in-One PCs includes touchscreens so that you can get the most out of Windows 8. The resolution is 1920 × 1080 for the 24-inch and 27-inch model. Prices start at $999 and you'll get 4GB of RAM, 500 GB of storage, an Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 2.4GHz. The 27-inch starts at $1,249 and comes with 6GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.5GHz. These computers are currently in stock at Vizio.
Acer Iconia W510 Convertible This 10.1-inch convertible tablet-laptop hybrid is more of a netbook-tablet than an ultrabook-tablet, but for $749.99, it's priced that way as well. It as an Atom processor and a 10.1-inch screen, which has 1366 × 768 resolution. It's been available since November 8. That price nets you the 64GB version, but for $100 less you can get the 32GV version.
LG H160 Sliding Tablet This tablet is different from what most of us are used too because it has a sliding keyboard, which is neatly hidden away. It's spring-loaded, so that it pops out at the push of a button. The screen is an 11.6-inch IPS display that works with LG's Smart Touch Pen. It weighs just over 2.3 lbs and is 0.63 inches thick. It has full-sized USB, HDMI, and microSD ports. It will have 10 hours of autonomy, which probably means that it's powered by a Clover Trail processor.
Sony VAIO Duo 11 This ultrabook/convertible tablet is akin to the LG, and it also has an 11.6-inch screen with an 1920 × 1080 resolution. It's powered by an Ivy Bridge processor, weighs 2.87 pounds, and is 0.7mm thick. Sony says that it's autonomy is 4 hours and 45 minutes. It starts out at $1,099 and goes up to $1,499 for a 256 GB SSD with a i7-3517U (1.90/3.00GHz) dual core processor.
Acer Aspire 5600U & 7600U These Acer all-in-one PCs look quite good and are already available. The larger 27-inch model will ship in late November. The 7600U will have a dedicated graphics card. The machines can be adjusted to different angles on their integrated stands. They can even go all the way to 90 degrees. The displays support multi-touch gestures. The sad thing is that the bigger model has the same 1080p resolution as the smaller model. Prices start at $999.99 for the 5600U and $1,899 for the 7600U.