What is better than that smart phone in your hand? Better than that IPad in the store? Better than that tablet recently launched or even better than that laptop in your bag?
Well upon facing such questions, one would be compelled to wonder “Does such a thing even exist?” But yes and not only does it exist but is more common than you would think.
It’s just that it is known by the name Ultrabook. Being slim, light and waking up from sleep instantly, the Ultrabooks are the most hyped about things in the world of laptops. And what comes gift-wrapped is a long battery life of the device.
So in the midst of such talks, let us take a tour of the some of the top most Ultrabooks at craze –
1. The Apple MacBook Air
When one speaks of Ultrabooks, a name that escapes every lip is the MacBook Air. Boasting a 13.3 inch, 1440 x 900 resolution screen the device is powered by the 1.3 GHz Intel core i5-4250U processor.
This Ultrabook runs on the OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.4 operating system, hasstorage of 128 GB SSD and supports networking with its 802.11a/c wireless, Bluetooth 4.0. Having the Industry’s best multi-touch trackpad and an amazing battery life owing to the New Intel fourth-gen CPUs makes it a worthy experience to own this Ultrabook.
Though it is missing some of the newer features such touch screens and higher resolution display.
Price – $1,099
2. HP Spectre 13
Speaking of Windows 8, a lot of users find it painstaking to learn the various gesture features, such as swiping the screen from right to switch to the menu. HP intends to soothe this experience with its Ultrabook the Spectre 13, a 13 inch notebook sporting two special zones in its trackpad designed keeping in mind, windows 8 commands.
Weighing slightly over 3 lb the Spectre 13 comes with a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 128 GB SSD and 4 GB RAM. The Ultrabook is supposed to have a VIVID QHD display of 2560 x 1440 resolutions with ultrawide viewing angles, backlit keyboard, USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, mini DisplayPort and SD card slot. It will also last up to 9 hours with a single charge as claimed by HP.
Price – $999
3. Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11s
Earning a place in the ranks of the Ultrabooks is the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11s with the dimensions 11.3 x 8 x 0.67 inch.
The 11s weighs 3 lb that is slightly heavier than its predecessor the Yoga 11, despite having a more powerful 1.5 GHz Intel Core third-gen i5 processor than the Tegra powered. It comes with 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU. The Ultrabook flaunts an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels resolution display.
What captivates one is that the Yoga 11s’ lid can bend, turn, rotate or whatever you may call it up to a complete 360 degrees allowing it to be used in four modes – Notebook, Stand, Tent and Tablet.
But the major drawback of the 11s is that there is a loss in the battery life due to bumps in the processing power and that the bottom of the device can serve as a toaster.
Price – $999
4. Acer Aspire S7
Standing in the league of Ultrabooks next is the Acer Aspire S7 with a 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 256 GB SSD and Intel HD4000 GPU. The S7 is 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches in dimensions with a screen size 13.3 inches and 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution display.
Weighing up to 3.5 lb, the device runs on windows 8 and supports networking with 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, USB 3.0 ports and HDMI.
Despite all features, the S7 is exorbitant, being well beyond most other touch-screen Windows 8 laptops. The touch pad is also not very responsive.
Price – $1,449
5. Sony Vaio Tap 11
Yet another eye-catchy among the lot is the Sony Vaio Tap 11 which is slim built, sharp looking, having 11.6 inch screen size, equipped with 1.5 GHz fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor and 128 GB SSD hard drive.
The Tap 11 runs on windows 8 (64 bit), has an Intel HD 4200 GPU and 4 GB RAM. It supports networking with 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth connectivity with version 4.0.
Despite all attractions, the banes are that the kickstand and free-floating keyboard cover do not work properly on laps or uneven work places and the battery life could have been better as compared in comparison to rivals at same price range.
Price – &999
Clearly after examining through the specifications of the devices, one clearly understands the reason behind the name Ultrabook and the most certainly for the place the hold among all the devices.