Choosing the Best Ultrabook in 2012
Intel ‘created’ the word Ultrabook to describe a laptop that is small in size, portable and lightweight, yets still maintains high specifications and fast processing speeds. Since the very first Ultrabook, we have seen many advances in technology, and with each year that passes they just keep getting better and better.
Featuring Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, Ultrabooks are the kings of the laptop world. With excellent SSD storage, plenty of connectivity including; USB 3.0, Bluetooth and so much more. Often they are the size of a netbook, making them extremely portable. But they are never underpowered, and for their size they perform at an exceptional level.
So if you’re thinking of buying a Ultrabook in 2012, you’ve made the right choice. Here’s 5 of the best Ultrabooks to help make that decision a little bit easier.
1. Dell XPS 13
Dell wasn’t as quick as others to the Ultrabook scene, but they haven’t failed to impress with the Dell XPS 13.
Featuring an i5 or i7 processor, the speed is fantastic. It’s small, measuring just 7mm at it’s thinnest and 18mm at is thickest. Whilst also being incredibly light, weighing just 1.4kg.
Dell have made yet another gorgeous laptop. The XPS 13 is a pleasure to look at, and it turns the heads of any tech fans.
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2. Lenovo IdeaPad U300S
If you’re looking for an Ultrabook that is beautiful with outstanding aesthetics, then unfortunately the IdeaPad U300s may not be for you. However the Lenovo IdeaPad US300S is extremely well priced and features an Intel i5 Core Processor, which makes for fast processing speeds. The battery life is good, and the Ultrabook itself is lightweight, therefore easily carried around.
3. Asus Zenbook UX31
This incredibly thin, luxurious and ultraportable laptop deserves it’s place as one of the top Ultrabooks in 2012. Competing directly with the MacBook Air, the Asus Zenbook UX31 is only 3mm at its thinnest, and 17mm at its thickest.
With two models available, either the Core i7 or the Core i5, there is plenty of processing speed to go around. 4GB of RAM with all models and a choice of 128 or 256GB SSD.
One downside however is the lack of a backlit keyboard. Something that the Zenbook UX31’s competitors all seem to feature. But that still doesn’t stop this being a fantastic Ultrabook.
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4. Samsung Series 5 Ultra
Available in either a 14inch or 13.3inch model, the Series 5 Ultra comes equipped with an Intel Core i5-2467M Processor. The 14inch model includes an optical drive, and an HDD that can be upgraded to an astonishing 1TB of storage if required.
Even though it is one of the larger Ultrabooks on the market, with a thickness of 20mm, it’s sleek design make it feel smaller than it really is. Weighing in at only 1.5kg, the Samsung Series 5 Ultra is easily transported and very portable.5. HP Folio 13
With a staggering 9 hour battery life, the HP Folio 13 is the perfect choice for those who need a reliable, yet highly portable Ultrabook to use whilst on the move.
The design itself is pretty bland, but it ticks all the boxes in terms of performance. Featuring an Intel i5 Core Processor and 1.60GHz speed. It has a memory of 4GB and a 128GB solid state drive capacity (SSD).