In Pictures: Ultrabooks - the newest, thinnest, lightest laptops

Ultrabooks, a term coined by Intel, gave name to the increasingly thin, light, fast and (relatively) cheap Windows laptops popping up over the last year in reaction to the Apple MacBook Air and the iPad-led tablet craze.

Apple MacBook Air

Apple's MacBook Air is not an ultrabook per se, but it was the first mainstream laptop to go ultra-thin and light. It stirred up the market and forced Intel and Windows OEMs to design machines that are lighter, thinner, faster and cheaper. Here are the MacBook Air specs.

• 13.3-inch display (cheaper 11.6-inch model also available)

• 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache

• 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory

• 128GB flash storage or 256GB flash storage

• 7 hours of battery life

• Mac OS X Lion

• 0.68 inches thick

• 2.96 lbs.

• $1299 (128GB flash storage), $1599 (256GB flash storage)

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