3 Cool Features from the Next Wave of Ultrabook Devices

PC users rejoice. On Tuesday, Intel showed off the latest Ultrabook devices in New York City. Powered by third generation Intel Core Processors, the new laptop computers are designed to be ultra thin, lightning fast, and to have an extended battery life. But they also make it easier to play games, edit and share videos, and work remotely. Here are three of the devices' best features.

PC users rejoice. On July 10, Intel showed off the latest Ultrabook devices in New York City.  Powered by third generation Intel Core Processors, the new laptop computers are designed to be ultra thin, lightning fast, and to have an extended battery life. But they also make it easier to play games, edit and share videos, and work remotely. Here are three of the devices’ best features.

1. More Responsive Gaming Platform with Better Visuals

The new processors enhance the gaming experience with 3D graphics that are up to 19 times better than those of a three-year-old Core 2 Duo laptop and 30 times the video processing power. At the demo, we caught a glimpse of how the FIFA 2012 game looks on a Toshiba Portege Z930. (With a 0.63-inch profile, this laptop was the slimmest of the bunch.)

2. Easier to Edit and Share HD and 3D Home Videos

The same technology that makes the processors work well for games also helps with editing and publishing videos. We needed 3D glasses to see this video shown on the Lenovo IdeaPad U310. The video was shot with a GoPro 3D camera (sold separately) and edited with GoPro’s free CineForm Studio software. On the new laptop, the upgraded processor cuts the video processing time in half. This particular software also comes with a button for optimizing and sharing the videos on YouTube, although it doesn’t have as many editing tools as something like Adobe Premiere.

3. Touchscreens and Convertible Designs Make Laptops More Like Tablets

Later this year, Intel will release 30 laptops that have touchscreen designs. There will be a “snap” feature that lets you work with two apps side by side, like updating your status on Facebook while you watch a video on YouTube.

Check out the flip-and-fold design of the Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA. On one side is a traditional keypad with a touchscreen. Flip it over to work with the tablet alone. With a 13.3″ screen, the YOGA is a little bigger than an iPad, but it’s still pretty lightweight considering that it doubles as a laptop. This device is one of 10 convertible designs that should be on the market later this year. At the demo, the YOGA had been running, unplugged, for about two hours. The convertible laptop had only used up a fourth of its battery life at this point, which means it could run for about eight hours total.