Ultra-books are definitely the new trend in the computing world; they are light, compact and highly portable. With long lasting batteries they are exceptional for those who wish to use them nonstop on batteries rather than having them plugged with the socket all the time. With so many manufacturers producing ultra-books, it has become a daunting task to choose one; we are going to make the task a little bit easy with our top 5 ultra-books for 2012.
Lenovo Idea pad U300
First up with the all Intel inspired design is the Lenovo Idea pad U300. Comes in verity of colors and with a strong and state of the art finish it lands in on our list. The U300 is first of Lenovo’s ultra-book line up, features a fast core i7 CPU with blazing boot times and amazing battery life, now coming on to portability factor, the Lenovo U300 is only 0.6” thick; Lenovo says that they wanted to make it feel like a book, we think they have managed to do that. The downside of this ultra-book is that it lacks features that high end notebooks must have, like backlit keyboard or spill resistant keyboard. Although it is a good machine hardware wise, it lacks in the same department as well.
It features Intel i7-2677M 1.8 GHz processor, along with Intel HD 3000 graphics, 1366 x 768 13.3” screen with 4GB of memory 256 GB of storage and 8 hours of battery life, which is the highlight of the notebook.
Toshiba Portege Z835
Next up the Portege, the ominous looking device turns out to be rather professional and stylish; don’t get fooled by the pictures, it is very thin, thickest part being 0.63” and weighing 3 pounds only. It is powered by a powerful core i7 processor that we saw in the Lenovo U300 but it has the features that we missed in the Lenovo as well. It is powered with backlit keyboard means that you can work late at night without stress, along with that anti-spill keyboard will ensure the security in any mishap. Overall we love the design and metallic finish of the ultra-book and thus earning its spot on our list.
It features Intel i7-2677M 1.8 GHz processor, along with Intel HD 3000 graphics, 1366 x 768 13.3” screen with 6GB of memory 128 GB of storage and 8.28 hours of battery life, a backlit keyboard, fingerprint scanner and anti-spill keyboard tops the features.
How can we cover ultra-books and miss out on the original ultra-book, yes the MacBook Air. The minimalistic design attracts many of us, and the beautiful screen is cherry on the icing, however aesthetics alone cannot make it worth your money, it has to have a good hardware to compliment the physical attributes, powered with a core i5 processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics it plays and streams videos flawlessly and performs other tasks without a hitch. And weighing only 2.38 pounds, it is the lightest of all the ultra-books.
It features Intel i5-2467M 1.7 GHz processor, along with Intel HD 4000 graphics, 1366 x 768 11.6” screen with 4GB of memory 128 GB of storage and 7 hours of battery life, a backlit keyboard and anti-spill keyboard are provided as well.
ASUS Zen Book UX31
ASUS left a mark on the ultra-book series with its Zen book UX31, the design kind off reflects that of MacBook air, it is very sleek and minimal. It has incredible boot times and has excellent audio, which is we should emphasize is the key feature of ASUS Zen book. To our demise, the Zen Book lacks a backlit keyboard. Readers might think that we are overly attached to the backlit feature, but the fact is that it is one of the most important features when it comes to usage satisfaction. Apart from that, the ASUS has a beautiful display and rest of the hardware is state of the art, let’s move onto technical specifications of the Zen Book.
It features Intel i5-2557M 1.6 GHz processor, along with Intel HD 3000 graphics, 1600 x 900 13.3” screen with 4GB of memory 128 GB of storage and 7 hours of battery life. It lacks the backlit and anti-spill keyboard, which is the downside of this amazing ultra-book.
HP Envy 14
Finally we sum up our list with HP Envy 14. The ultra-book for the audiophile is feature filled and very easy on the eyes, along with that it features an amazing display. The audio is power by beats by Dr. Dre which many praise upon. Along with the video and audio capabilities, it is great with the battery timing as well, so much as so that it would last all day. The machine is powered by Intel core i5 processor and a very well designed 14” display. Overall specifications of this ultra-book justify its position at our top 5. Let’s take a look at technical specifications of HP Envy 14 SPECTRE.
It features Intel i5-2467M 1.6 GHz processor, along with Intel HD 3D graphics, Beats Audio, 1600 x 900 14” screen with 8GB of memory 256 GB of storage and 9hours of battery life and finally the backlit keyboard accompanies the design.
So, if you are planning to get your hands on any of the latest Ultra-Books, here are our recommendations. These will last you a long time, and with the specifications; these should be your considerations as well.For more news, reviews and information keep following HardwareInsight, follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook to keep updated with technology bits.