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January 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

CES 2012: Ultrabooks everywhere

LAS VEGAS — Ultrabooks have been everywhere at CES.

The category, referring to super thin-and-light laptops with full computing horsepower, started with a major push by chipmaker Intel to spur hardware manufacturers to produce more of these ultrabooks.

So it was only natural that Intel CEO Paul Otellini’s keynote address Tuesday included demonstrations of various Ultrabooks — including one with a sliding keyboard that can transform into a tablet — and the debut of yet another one: Dell’s XPS 13.

The XPS 13, with a 13-inch screen that Dell contends is 15 percent smaller than other 13-inch notebooks, will sell for a starting price of $999.

But there were plenty of other Ultrabooks that made their debut at CES this year. Among them:

Samsung’s Series 5 Ultra comes in a 13-inch version starting at $899 and a 14-inch version, which has an optical drive, starting at $949.

Hewlett-Packard’s Envy 14 Spectre, a premium offering with a 14-inch screen and a multi-surface glass body, will sell for $1,399.

Lenovo’s 13-inch IdeaPad U310 and the 14-inch U410, starting at $699.

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