Intel said it anticipates 75 new ultrabooks in the coming year. The trend is even attracting non-computer makers. TV manufacturer Vizio jumped into the computer market with a couple, including one of the first thin-and-light 15-inch models.
Consumers will be the beneficiaries if Vizio offers the kind of bargain prices for its ultrabooks that it does for its TVs, because such a low price would really set ultrabooks apart as innovative products. Many manufacturers haven't announced ultrabook pricing yet. Others have set theirs in the $900 range. But such prices must drop for consumers to really embrace this new category.
Meanwhile, a few innovations are making their way onto tablets. Samsung, for example, really pumped up the display in its Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 by adding Super AMOLED Plus technology. Sony debuted a dual-screen tablet, with small 5.5-inch displays.
Watch Consumer Reports video on laptops and tablets at the 2012 CES trade show for the latest in these two hot categories. And catch up with all the computer news from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, including:
—Donna L. Tapellini