Back To School Guide 2012: Ultrabooks
11/08/2012 | Nicholas Griffin
Ultrabooks are a new type of computer now available on market that are kinda like Netbooks, but are ultra-portable, ultra-powerful and ultra-expensive (see what we did there).
But if you have the cash to put down on one of these machines they are defiantly the portable laptop you should buy for this years term.
The first on our list is also the cheapest, available at around $650 the Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook is just 315mm thin and only 1.52kgs light, packing an Intel i5 1.70GHz processor, 6GBs of RAM and Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit this laptop is great to carry around with you.
The Series 5 also has a Intel® HD Graphics 4000 card, 300nit Anti-Reflective HD LED Display with a 1366 x 768 13.3 inch LED back-lit display and a 500GB hard drive.
The Samsung Ultrabook also packs 2 USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port, alongside a 3-in-1 memory card reader, Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235, 2×2 802.11 abg/n Wi-Fi capabilities and a 1.3MP HD webcam.
If the Samsung isn’t your thing, Acer have also released their own Aspire Ultrabook also available from £650, the S3-391 comes with the same Intel i5 1.70GHz processor and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, but only has 4GBs of RAM installed.
The Aspire Ultrabook also comes with a Intel® HD 4000 graphics card, with a Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit display that packs a 1366 x 768 resolution in13.3 inches.
It also comes with a 500GB hard drive alongside a second 20GB SSD hard-drive for fast resumes. The Aspire S3 also comes with Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi capabilities, 2 USB 3.0/ HDMI ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1.3MP HD webcam.
The HP Envy 6 is next in line, with (as you can guess) an Intel i5 1.7GHz processor, 4GBs of RAM and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, but with the price tag of around £700.
However the Envy 6 also comes with a 500GB hard drive built-in with another 32GB Solid State Drive, 1 USB 2.0 port, 2 USB 3.0 ports and Intel’s 802.11 b/g/n with WiDi capabilities.
Also packed in is a HDMI port 2.0MP webcam and Beats Audio Technology, which is where the higher price comes in as this Ultrabook also comes packed with 2 speakers and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer, making it great for the music enthusiast.
ASUS have also stepped in with their UX21E-KX004V 11.6″ Ultrabook, which is the first Ultrabook on the list to come with a 128GB SSD only, so there’s no hard drive alongside it. Which is not a bad thing as this will make the machine run faster than others above it on the list.
Alongside ASUS have also put Intel’s i5 processor, 4GBs of DDR3 RAM Backlit LED TFT HD screen with 1366X768 resolution packed in an 11.6 inch screen.
The UX21E also comes with 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, 1 Mini VGA and 1 Mini HDMI port. There is also a VGA webcam on the front.
All with a £750 price tag