The Best 5 Ultrabooks Currently Available

Ultrabooks are the latest trend in laptop design. The term is a trademarked invention of Intel and does not signify some new class of computer, but rather lighter, thinner computers that are more powerful than netbooks, and more portable than the standard laptop computer. To be defined as an Ultrabook, a computer must meet certain specs that Intel has defined.

Ultrabook Specs

* Minimum five hours battery life

* No more than 0.8 inches thick

* Fast booting

The technology behind the Ultrabook is still relatively new, so the definitions will likely evolve. The most significant upcoming development being the launch of Windows 8 and the fact that the next Microsoft operating system is expected to place a heavy emphasis on the use of touchscreens. 

The presence of a touchscreen may be the next feature to make Intel’s spec list.
As it is, consumers have many options from the major computer manufacturers with HP, Acer, IBM, Asus and others eagerly leaping onto the Ultrabook bandwagon. Below are the best of what is now available.

1. The HP Folio 13
It says a lot about the compact nature of current computer technology when 3.25 pounds is considered “heavy.” That is what HP’s Folio 13 weighs and it is judged to be on the heavier end of the category. It is also one of the more affordable computers given that Ultrabooks typically cost between $1,000 and $1,500. The Folio 13 sells for a little less than that and hp coupons can make that cost even lower. Users get a 1.6 GHz Intel i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 8 hours of battery life.

2. The Dell XPS 13
The first striking thing about the XPS 13 is that it looks tiny. Dell has managed to fit a 13-inch screen into a chassis like that of an 11-inch computer. The result is that the footprint of the XPS is almost netbook-like. The small container packs a punch, however, with a 1.6 GHz i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM. The basic Dell XPS 13 costs in the region of $1000.

3. The Acer Aspire S3
The Acer Aspire S3 is another compact device that manages to be affordable. It is in the sub-$1000 range just like the Folio 13. The memory and processor specs are similar (1.6 GHz and 4 GB RAM), but this Aspire S3 does get a slightly shorter battery life at under five hours, and somewhat lower quality audio in its built-in speakers.

4. The Asus Zenbook UX31
What stands out about this computer is the superb build-quality. The all-metal body is perfect for those who worry about the damage that may be inflicted on their computers, and unlike most other devices in this category, the Asus Zenbook UX31 comes with Bang & Olufsen speakers for superb audio. The cost is mid-range for an Ultrabook (roughly $1,000), and it is just 0.66 inches thick, making it among the thinner examples. The Asus Zenbook UX31 is available with a 1.7 GHz i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM.

5. The HP Envy 14
Rounding out the top 5 is another HP product, this one notable for its ultra stylish design. This product is for the user who needs their computer to look good even before it is powered on. The design is unique in that much of the device is covered in Gorilla Glass, the glass used on touchscreen smartphones to make them scratch-resistant. The Envy 14 comes with 4 GB of RAM and 1.6 GHz Intel i5 processor. The Envy 14 is on the upper end of the price spectrum, costing upwards of $1,300.

** We would have added the MacBook Air to the list, but technically it isn’t a ultrabook. It is the first ultra light laptop, that all other ultra light laptops are compared to.

Article By : Milo Botswana

Milo Botswana is a long-time tech blogger who, in recent years, has written many reviews of mobile devices.

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