Ultrabook - 2nd Gen Intel Core

Many people may ask, “What’s an Ultrabook?” It’s quite simple really. Think of an Apple MacBook Air. Thin, light, and has a sleek design. It’s a cross between a small netbook and a full size laptop, but the new line of Ultrabooks come with complete hardware specs of the 2nd gen Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. This makes an Ultrabook a very fast netbook with all of the upgrades. A true Ultrabook must weigh less than 4 pounds, is no more that 0.8 inches thick, and has a battery life of 5 hour or more.

Check out a few of the top Ultrabooks that have hit the notebook market.

Acer Aspire S3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM
Price: $899 list

Asus Zenbook UX31E
Specs: Intel Core i5 2557M Processor 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM)
Price: $1049 list

Dell XPS 13
Specs: Intel Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM)
Price: $999 list

HP Folio 13
Specs: Intel Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM)
Price: $899.99 list

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s
Specs: Intel Core i7 2677M Processor 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $1495 list

Samsung Series 5 Ultra
Specs: Intel (Core i5 2467M Processor 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $899.99 list

Toshiba Portege Z830-S8302
Specs: Intel Core i7 2677M Processor 1.8GHz, 6GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $1,429.00 list

Toshiba Portege Z835-P330
Specs: Intel Core i7 2677M Processor 1.8GHz, 6GB RAM, 13.3-inch display)
Price: $799.99 list

You also might notice that the new Asustek Zenbook looks almost identical to the Apple MacBook Air.

 

MacBook Air and Zenbook

It looks like Apple has set the standard for an Ultrabook way back in 2008. Everyone else is finally catching up.

Here’s a video overview of the new Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook:

 

Sources:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400007,00.asp
http://asia.cnet.com/top-5-affordable-ultrabooks-62213298.htm
http://9to5mac.com/2012/02/13/report-apple-forcing-contract-manufacturer-pegatron-to-choose-sides-give-up-asustek-zenbook-orders/

 

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