Top 5 Best Ultrabooks on the Market Today
One of the newest buzzwords being bandied about has to do with a new breed of laptop. Last year, Intel decided to introduce a category of laptops called ultrabooks. But while the term may be new, the laptops themselves aren’t a mutation of some sort.
10/02/2012 10:32 blog.batteryfast.co.uk Top 5 Best Ultrabooks on the Market Today Top 5 Best Ultrabooks on the Market low-voltage Intel Core processor, a frame no thicker Today than 0.83 inch, at least five hours of battery life, and fast boot times. The last rely on an Intel technology CloudTags: Ultrabooks , laptop , HP laptop batteries called Rapid Start, which makes use of flash storage , Lenovo battery , Toshiba batteries , Asus uk battery embedded on the laptop’s motherboard. Intel also expects touch screens to be an integral part of the ultrabook spec, with all eyes on Windows 8 and how Microsoft’s forthcoming operating sys- tem will drive this segment. That’s not to say that we expect to see touch screens on the first wave of ultrabooks released (and indeed, none that we’ve seen so far offer the feature). Rather, Intel is pro- bably waiting for Windows 8 to launch later this year to add the feature to its checklist for the cate- gory. By including touch, though, Intel is essentially anticipating that its ultrabooks include tablets and convertibles or hybrids as well. An unspoken factor is that Intel would like prices for One of the newest buzzwords being bandied about ultrabooks to come in well below the $1,000 mark. has to do with a new breed of laptop. Last year, What we’ve seen so far doesn’t really bear that out. http://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/top-5-best-ultrabooks-on-the-market-today/ Intel decided to introduce a category of laptops Sure, there have been a couple of ultrabooks that are called ultrabooks. But while the term may be new, retailing for less than that, but most are just above— the laptops themselves aren’t a mutation of some or way above—the $1,000 price point, depending on sort. Intel simply put a new spin on an evolving the configuration. Keep in mind, however, that this category of laptops that are incredibly thin, bat- is a nascent category, with but a handful of systems tery-efficient, and use low-voltage processors. In- that fall within its specifications. terestingly enough, these laptops were previously known as CULV laptops (CULV stands for consumer Are ultrabooks for you? You can figure that out by ultra-low-voltage processors), but Intel decided, and reading our primer on the category and then stu- rightly so, that CULV doesn’t exactly sound sexy to dying our buying guide. But before you do, check consumers. In fact, it doesn’t sound like anything out our picks for the top 5 ultrabooks on the market at all. Voila, ultrabooks. today. But what exactly comprises an ultrabook? Intel has a long list of specifications on its blog. While the specifications are still evolving, the main ones are a Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 1 10/02/2012 10:32 blog.batteryfast.co.uk Top 5 Best Ultrabooks on the Market Today HP Folio 13 Asus Zenbook UX31-RSL8 Price: $899.99 with Windows 7 Home Premium, Price: $1,049 list $1,048.99 with Windows 7 Professional The Asus Zenbook UX31-RSL8 is a clear leader in the Our current Editors’ Choice, the HP Folio 13 ultra- nascent ultrabook category, with better overall per- book is a $900 revelation, with a comfortable key- formance than any competitor. It also has a brilliant board and broad port selection at an undeniably display, superb sound, and solid construction. Read attractive price. Read the full review the full review Related Articles: Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Price: $1,495 list The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, Lenovo’s entry into the ultra- book arena, is as well-engi- neered as you’d expect, but it’s not a knockout blow to its competitors. Read the full review Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302 Price: $1,429 list (Best Deal: $1,429.00 at Toshiba) The Toshiba Por- tege Z830-S8302 is a slim, speedy ultrabook that may http://blog.batteryfast.co.uk/top-5-best-ultrabooks-on-the-market-today/ be a little too light and too pricey for mass appeal. Read the full review Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 Price: $799.99 list The Toshiba Portege Z835- P330 is the lightest, longest- lasting ultrabook we’ve seen yet, and its affordabi- lity adds sparkle to a system with moderate performance and limited graphics capability. Read the full review Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 2