There was a time for heavier and bulkier laptops and notebooks that were enough to fancy the consumers but the time has changed so is the action plan of manufacturers. Now they deem people who are spending money on their products deserve better what’s at offer at the moment. I share their view on this point. The race for Ultrabooks has already begun with a long line up of laptops having sexy looking waistline just like a Levi’s model does.
But, this is far from enough. With two months gone of 2012 I have compiled a list, a small one though, of Ultrabooks that can be a safer bet for the running year as long as no more efficient technology hit the market in this domain.
Dell XPS 13
Dell Inc is one of the prestigious brands in the laptop market as well as the company is the third PC maker after HP, and Lenovo.
The company has released Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook that is 6mm at its thinnest point. This strong looking Ultrabook is made of aluminum, has backlit keyboard, and the Dell has used Corning Gorilla Glass to make its 13.3inch screen.
Other specs include: Intel Core i5 2467M Dual Core (1.60GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0 to 2.30GHz), 128GB/ 256GB,4GB dual channel DDR3, 13.3″ HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768), Intel HD 3000 graphics, 47WHr battery; 6-Cell Li-Polymer (built-in) Up to 8 hours, 53 minutes battery life, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 a/g/n with Intel Smart Connect Technology + Bluetooth 3.0, Intel Wireless Display ready, 1.3MP webcam, and USB 3.0 (1)+ USB 2.0 with PowerShare (1); mini DisplayPort (1); Headset Jack (1).
The price of Dell XPS 13 is $999. With Core i7 processor and some other tweaks it is $1499.
HP Envy 14 Spectre
Even though I am using a Dell laptop but I must say HP has more premium quality incorporated in their products rather than Dell. But that doesn’t exclude the aforementioned Ultrabook out of equation, if so it wouldn’t have appeared here on the first place.
HP envies at it Envy 14 Spectre that has multi-surface and scratch resistant glass. HP’s Ultrabook measures 12.87″Wx8.7″Dx0.79″H. With 14inch screen size it has Intel Core i5 and i7 ULV Processors, 4GB of RAM, 128/256GB mSATA SSD, Mini DisplayPort, 1 USB 3.0 port, and 1 microphone-in/headphone stereo-out jack combo.
HP claims it Ultrabook has up to 9 hours of battery time. Envy Spectre comes with 2 years’ free Norton Internet Security 2012.
HP’s spook will be nice bet if you’re looking for a lightweight premium Ultrabook.
Samsung Series 9 900X3B
This handsome boy with its 1.2kg weight is lighter and thinner than MacBook Air. The screen size is 13.3inch (1600 x 900) and it has 1.6GHz Sandy Bridge processor with Turbo Boost.
Samsung Series 9 900X3B is equipped with Intel Core i5 2467M processor, 4GB RAM, single USB 3.0 port, microHDMI port, microGigabit Ethernet, full-size SDXC card slot, microVGA port, a 3.5mm headphone, microphone combi jack, and a USB 2.0 port.
For wireless connectivity Samsung’s Ultrabook beauty has Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi N. The company claims 10 hours of battery time which is exaggeration in my opinion. Manufacturers tend to claim high that is not a problem.
Samsung Series 9 900X3Bis a decent Ultrabook, but if you’re a heavy user then I might say no to you. Go for the other two Ultrabooks I have mentioned above.