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Is 2012 the Year of the Ultrabook?

Is 2012 the Year of the Ultrabook?

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  • I'm not seeing how it could replace the traditional laptop. No hard drive, just a flash drive for storing things? That makes me think back to the days when we had to store everything on floppy discs...  I'm not clear how this is a step forward other than weight & battery life?

  • I think the term "flash drive" is misleading.  They use Solid State Drives (SSDs) which are not removable and can have a fairly large amount of storage.  In addition, they are typically much faster than a hard drive but run cooler, quieter and take less energy.  Definitely a step forward in my opinion.

  • I heartily agree with tm6148.  the SSDs are a step forward, as long as you know the limitations (like do not defrag them).  They are, however, all of the things already mentioned by tm6148, and I am loking to replace the hard drive in my current laptop with one of them.

  • The only additional change needed is for software be be distributed on thumb drives. The comments on HDD are spot on!

    I want one, NOW! My non-profit has a portable classroom with 6 laptops which combined weigh about 60 pounds with the 2 cases that hold them. With ultrabooks we could have 8 or 10 students and still be under 40 pounds.

  • Right, ultrabooks use SSDs and the tradeoff is cost vs. storage capacity... meaning it pushes storage of data into the cloud.

    --Cloud-based storage opens up a whole other can of worms! Cloud-based storage is fine for individuals and private companies, they can assume the risk if they want. But as nonprofit organizations, we get stuck at the data security, safeguarding of assets (info), and ownership/control issues. The terms of service for many of the free cloud storage services are unacceptable to us, and the pro versions or paid versions are barely better. Don't forget that many of these companies use the cheapest providers they can find, meaning the servers may be in Asia. And as any IT security expert can tell us, when the servers--any of them in the chain of servers a provider uses-- are in Asia, the data theft/security risk is huge. Maybe a given. Too much of a risk for our organization to take. I'd like to see that addressed!

    --and...even if our organization does not move to ultrabooks, the bring-your-own-device-to-work trend makes it an issue already, what with tablets, smart phones, and other devices in use. Thepolicies have to be in place and enforced, or nonprofits risk loss and legal problems.

    And I know, it is really hard to keep policies apace with technology when the people in charge are not technically savvy enough to understand the risks.