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What gadgets top 2012 holiday wish lists?

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Updated: 1/25/2013 10:38 am

(BPT) - The holiday shopping season is here and the newest tech gadgets are probably at the top of all your loved ones' wish lists. This year, touch-enabled Ultrabook convertible and tablet devices offer a refreshing take on mobile computing and are proving themselves worthy of your gift-giving dollars.

Have someone on your gift list who wants it all? Intel-inspired Ultrabook convertible devices are putting a new twist - or for that matter a flip, turn or spin - on laptops and tablets this holiday season. Blending performance, responsiveness and sleek designs with a premium computing experience, an Ultrabook convertible device delivers both the functionality of a laptop and the touch-enabled experience of a tablet.

Intel-based tablets are thin, highly portable, have all-day battery life and are easy to use with advanced touch screen capabilities. Catch up with friends on a video chat, browse through the latest holiday photos on your favorite social networks or finish up some last minute shopping, all while relaxing on the sofa.

Unlike that holiday sweater or box of chocolates, a tablet or Ultrabook convertible device are both gifts that will keep on giving long after the holidays have passed.

With so many devices to choose from, here are a few you'll want to make sure are on your list while shopping this holiday season:

Ultrabook Convertibles with Touch Screen Technology

Dell XPS Duo 12 Ultrabook

This Ultrabook convertible has an innovative flip hinge design, so the screen imitates a Ferris wheel and allows an easy transition from Ultrabook to tablet. When you're busy running to and from holiday gatherings and celebrations, no need to worry about syncing all your information. With Intel Smart Connect Technology, your emails and social networks will seamlessly synchronize, keeping you connected even when the Dell XPS Duo 12 is in sleep mode.

Toshiba Satellite U925T Ultrabook

The Toshiba Satellite U925T slides into tablet mode... literally. From PC mode, the screen lays flat and then slides forward to convert to a tablet. This device is equipped with Intel Wireless Display technology for wirelessly streaming content to the large screen of a compatible TV, perfect for sharing holiday photos and videos with the whole family.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook

Featuring a 360-degree flip-and-fold design, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook device can be used as a notebook and then quickly transformed to enable a touchscreen tablet experience. Flip it into tablet mode to play games, fold into tent mode to watch classic holiday films, or use it in traditional laptop mode to get a head start on next year's to-dos.

ASUS TaiChi Ultrabook

This unique convertible Ultrabook has two displays: an inside screen in the traditional 'clamshell' PC mode as well as an external touch screen on the outside of the lid. When closed, this can act as a screen in tablet mode. When open, the external screen can operate independently or can be used simultaneously for a host of innovative new applications.

Tablets

ASUS Vivo Tab

Just want to snuggle up in bed, watch movies and maybe give vent to your long-buried artistic muse this holiday season? The Asus VivoTab lets you do all this and more. This tablet with Windows 8 comes equipped with a high-resolution widescreen display with color clarity that delivers an outstanding visual experience. It also supports the Wacom digitizer stylus that lets you create digital art and explore a new world of creative possibilities. With Intel's latest file transfer technology, the VivoTab lets you seamlessly transfer all those precious holiday pictures between your tablet and other Windows devices.

Lenovo ThinkPad 2

The slim and lightweight ThinkPad 2 enables extreme mobility and with up to 10 hours battery life, it keeps going for as long as you need it to. Plus, with 3G/4G support, you can stay connected to colleagues, family and friends wherever you are. And, for the times when your friends or relatives are in town to visit you for the holidays the ThinkPad 2 keeps your information secure and away from snooping eyes, allowing you create a visitor ID for your guest or lets them log in with their own roaming Microsoft Profile.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T

Stylish, light and easy to take on-the-go for those long hours in the car on the way to the grandparents' house for the holidays, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T offers all-day battery life for continuous video play. With its lightweight design (just 3.26 lbs with the keyboard or only 1.65 lbs as a tablet) and option for either WiFi and/or 3G/4G (LTE) for wireless connectivity, you will stay connected wherever your travels take you. For the style conscious, it is available in a mystic blue color.

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