News | November 10, 2011

D&H Ultrabooks Demo Zone Give Resellers An Early Look At Emerging Models

New Units from Lenovo, ASUS, Acer and Toshiba (Some Not Even Available to Ship Yet) Were at VARs Disposal at the D&H Mid-Atlantic Fall Show, Allowing Attendees to Rank Each Model

D&H Distributing, the major computer products and consumer electronics distributor, was proud to deliver an early look at five different models of the new "Ultrabook" format. These slim, light yet high-performance notebooks are the latest mobile product to emerge on the scene, offering easy portability, fast boot-up times thanks to SSD storage, longer battery lives, yet more business functionality than the typical tablet.

At the D&H Mid-Atlantic Fall 2011 Technology Show, D&H set up an "Ultrabook Demo Zone" where resellers could test out each of the models on display. Similar to the Tablet Demo Zone that was conducted at D&H's Boston Show this summer, attendees then were asked to rank the units according to which was Most Stylish, Most Innovative, Most Versatile and Most User-Friendly.

Five models were available for VARs' inspection. Four models from four different manufacturers were included in the rankings. Those included the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, the ASUS ZENBOOK UX21E, the Acer Aspire S3 and the Toshiba Z835. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 was also available for demo, but was not officially included in the rankings since Lenovo was already represented by the newly-launched U300s. Some of these models, namely the Toshiba and the ASUS units, were not even available for shipping at the time of the demo, giving attendees an exclusive preview of these technologies.

"Our ability to provide a side-by-side sampling of units this early in the emergence of the category is a pretty exciting proposition," said Mary Campbell, vice president of marketing at D&H. "We love being able to deliver these unique opportunities to our VARs, along with hands-on knowledge of hundreds of other new products. It's a thank you for their loyalty and their business. Yet this kind of nascent product knowledge helps them grow, which is beneficial for all of us."

* Results were given by reseller attendees at the event, not by D&H Distributing itself.

Models tested:

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s – available
ASUS ZENBOOK UX21E – available
Acer Aspire S3 – available
Toshiba Z835 – not yet available

Most Stylish

  1. ASUS
  2. Acer
  3. Lenovo, Toshiba tied

Most Innovative

  1. Lenovo
  2. ASUS (by one vote)
  3. Toshiba

Most Versatile

  1. Lenovo
  2. Acer
  3. Toshiba

Most User Friendly

  1. Acer
  2. Lenovo
  3. Toshiba

About D&H Distributing
As the nation's leading technology distributor, D&H provides a wealth of resources to empower solution providers and consultants, delivering a broad selection of SMB categories, products and applications. The company's offerings span server and infrastructure, SOHO and mobile applications, consumer electronics and gaming. D&H's multi-market expertise, account-dedicated sales teams, sterling service and flexible financing options are unmatched in the industry.

With an impressive 93-year history serving as a trusted advisor to the reseller channel, D&H has been able to consistently reinvent itself based upon changing market conditions. The company prides itself on creating business partnerships with an astute focus on ease-of-doing-business, relationships, value, performance and service.

D&H was named Cisco's Worldwide Small Business Distributor of the Year for 2010, won the Microsoft Licensing Operational Excellence Award seven years running and was named Microsoft's OEM Distributor of the Year. The company ships out of five separate locations in North America, including its US headquarters in Harrisburg and its Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information, visit

SOURCE: D&H Distributing