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Dell and the wow factor

Among the many announcements out of the Consumer Electronics Show this week is Dell's new XPS 13 Ultrabook.

Dell joins other manufacturers in the embryonic ultrabook segment late to the party, some say. Even if true, does it matter if you have something really different like Smart Connect functionality? That looks pretty cool, according to PC Magazine:

"It periodically wakes during sleep and, if a known Wi-Fi network is available, updates your email, calendar, and other information so new content is waiting for you when you resume work. It's also location-aware, so gadgets such as weather and restaurant listings are updated if you change cities."

Or maybe it's on a more emotional level as I suggested in an impromptu chat with Dell's +Susan Beebe:

"It helps in the differentiation from competitors when such differentiation is focused on emotional elements like form factor, aesthetic appeal and usability. Which all blends into a wow! factor :)"

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whats the battery life ...nuff said
+Neville Hobson I wish I could re-share your post! :) Google needs to enable re-sharing of a re-shared post.
+Susan Beebe you can, click the time stamp and then grab the url from the nav bar, not the share button, paste that into status update/linksharing box.
thank you +Susan Beebe for the battery life answer.. do you think that's a vast improvement in battery life since the past years? are there any plans for battery life improvements in the future?
seems vary silly to keep the current specs the same year after year after year etc. there is no "wow" factor for a smaller laptop.. apple did that years ago.. i want a "wow" like look it will last a full 24hrs on the battery better yet a full 48hrs so it could do a full 8hr days for 6 days straight without a charge . seems the big makers are missing the target for portability for pretty looking
+cris bishop terrific aspirations ;) With you re the battery life in particular. Has the tech caught up with the aspiration though?
thank you +Neville Hobson i think its time for this to become a reality ...not only is it possible but technology will only get more efficient with time. add solar cells in the lid of the screen it would trickle charge the battery in the laptop as well as a special brief case to carry your laptop with solar outsides you could charge not only your laptop from the case but your smart phones and other electronic devices and a case would have enough surface area to produce decent wattage like say 15-20watts in the full sun plus what the lid of the laptop could make say 5 watts. so any where from 15-25watts could be made with the solar alone. intel atom cpu Z670 runs at 3 watts plus a screen and video gpu required watts is it a realistic aspiration i say yes even at the price of this new slim laptop price mark
+cris bishop I guess tech capability has to meet commercial viability. Still a big gap, I reckon. But it's just a matter of time imo.
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