Is an Ultrabook the Right Laptop for You?

The world of personal computing is always changing. We went from gigantic desktop computers, to laptops, to notebooks, to netbooks, to tablets, and now we have something else: Ultrabooks.

So what exactly is an Ultrabook?

An Ultrabook is high end type of laptop powered by Intel processors that are lighter, thinner, and have a longer battery life than standard laptops and netbooks. Ultrabooks are the closest competitors to Apple’s Macbook Air in both performance, look, style, and weight.

I’m actually writing this blog post on a Lenovo U300s Ideapad Ultrabook, and I can tell you that the term “Ultrabook” isn’t just hype or a made up term, when using an Ultrabook, you can seriously tell the difference. Ultrabooks boot up or “wake up” from hybernation much,  much quicker than your standard laptop or netbook does, and the battery life is absolutely fantasitc. I can usually get around 4-5 hours out of my Lenovo’s battery, and my Ultrabook is currently saying that at 78% batter life, I have approximately 4 hours and 47 minutes left.  Swish, eh?

There are currently a number of Ultrabooks that you can buy, with phase two of Intel’s Ulrabook’s coming out later this year.

Aside from my beloved Lenovo U300, I would highly recommend the Samsung 500U, as well as the Asus UX21E-KX004V Core i5 4GB RAM, 120GB Hard Drive, SSD 11.6 inch Ultrabook. I’ve personally tried out the ASUS Ultrabook, and I think it is probably the most attractive Ultrabook out there at the moment, as it is super, super thin and has a gorgeous, brushed aluminum finish that makes it look both sturdy and luxurious at the same time.

The only drawbacks of Ultrabooks is that because they are so thin, they don’t have as many USB and network ports, SD card readers or CD drives like bigger laptops do. However, they do usually have at least 2 USB ports as well as a HDMI port, so you can always plug in whatever additional drives or accessories you need that way.

Ultrabooks are perfect for those who travel or commute a lot and constantly have their laptops with them. If you find lugging around a heavy laptop irritating or working on a tiny netbook or iPad unsatisfying, you will love Ultrabooks. I highly recommend them!

Love Cate x

14th April 2012
Written by Very_Lauren

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Posted by: margaret smith 17 February 2013

More a question than a comment. Is it true that with Ultrabooks it’s WIFI or nothing? I need to be able to connect a dongle to my computer sometimes when travelling where WIFI is not available. Can someone answer this?? Thanks!