How to choose the right Ultrabook?
The end result is a sleek, yet powerful computing device that promises to be the next big thing in computers. But the multitude of options is baffling, to say the least. From SSD capacity to display size, there’s a lot to be considered.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind.
Since Intel is the company that first engineered the Ultrabook concept you can be sure to expect its potent second-generation core processor (Sandy Bridge) powering your Ultraboo
Most Ultrabook models have solid-state drives (SSDs) with storage space of at least 65 GB and go up to 256 GB. Some devices even have hard disk drives (HDDs) for increased storage, but keep in mind that unlike SSD, Ultrabooks with HDDs do not rapid boot or instantaneous wake from sleep mode. So it’s really a question of speed versus space. If you’re going with an Ultrabook, then the wise option is to go with speed and let an external hard drive take care of the storage.k. With nearly all the devices, you have the option to go for either Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs with a clock rate of up to 1.6 GHz. In practical terms, that means greater speed and power efficiency.
Since the battery life of an Ultrabook is its big selling point. Depending on the device and how you plan to use it, the battery generally lasts from five to nine hours. Dell XPS 14 leads the pack, promising 11 hours of non-stop computing. However, due to their compact size, Ultrabooks have their batteries permanently sealed in, so replacing them can be tricky.
If you’re an itinerant sort, the ultra light and portable Samsung Series 9 is an ideal buy. At 2.5 lbs, its thickness is a mere inch. It’s closely followed by the Asus Zenbook UX31E at 2.8 lbs. The Acer Aspire S5 is equally light; but it is more suitable for those who also need a bigger display size as it boasts a 15.3” screen. Since most Ultrabooks have a screen size in the 11.6” to 13.3” range, the larger display is an added advantage, but not a necessary one.
The prices of most Ultrabooks fall in the range of $800 to $1300. You need to realize that it’s the specifications and not aesthetics that burn a hole in your wallet. You don’t want to pay too much for something that’s not the very best and up-to-date. Intel is due to launch its third generation Core processors sometime in the next couple of months and Windows 8 with its new touch interface is already making the rounds, you may want to wait a while to get your money’s worth.
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