The computer world is in disarray. Since the iPad’s introduction 3 years ago, tablets have threatened to overshadow traditional laptops, notebooks, and desktops. ‘Regular’ computers are now seen as staid, boring old behemoths with all the style (and weight) of a rock and hold no appeal for the modern consumer. Finally, though, computer makers are fighting back at the tablet onslaught with a slew of ultraportable and stylish Ultrabooks.
Traditional laptops are too heavy for users to lug around everywhere. Even die-hard road warriors seldom take advantage of their laptops; most machines get switched on only while safely at a desk. Now, these new Ultrabooks, many of them tipping the scales at around 1.5kg, might change your opinion of portable computing.
Ultrabooks’ excellent battery life lets you work longer
‘Ultrabook’ is actually an Intel branding used to specify ultra-portable computers that meet certain requirements over battery life, hard disk, etc. However, with the first generation of Ultrabooks proving to be a big hit, every maker has introduced Ultrabook-style lightweight notebooks.
Remember the stir caused by the MacBook Air? That lightweight machine stole customers’ hearts thanks to its ‘light weight,’ and most importantly, excellent battery life. Windows users’ prayers for similar battery life have been answered as some of the new Ultrabooks tout over six hours of battery life.
The Acer M5 can do more than a tablet
For many of us, a tablet like the iPad has a closer place in our hearts than our laptops. But there are so many times a tablet just won’t do (editing long documents, using spreadsheets, 3D gaming) the sheer computing power a ‘real’ computer has to offer. This is especially true while you’re at work. A Nexus 7 tablet might be perfect for lounging about at home, but it won’t really do for crunching last year’s accounts!
As for the big complaint that computers just aren’t sexy? Well, luckily for those who’ve been craving the style of a tablet, the new Ultrabooks have plenty. Metal chassis, unibody construction, and color accents are all there for the demanding user. Of course, these Ultrabooks aren’t perfect as most don’t have DVD drives while others might have rather small SSD drives Furthermore, some have non-removable batteries.
Possible Ultrabook options
But in case you really want to explore this new computing segment, some of the most popular Ultrabooks include:
- MacBook Air
- Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A
- Samsung Series 5
- Acer Aspire S5
- Acer Aspire S3
- Lenovo ThinkPad X320
- Toshiba Portege Z835
- Dell XPS 13
- Sony VAIO T13
- HP Folio 13
- Acer Timeline Ultra M5
The death knell for traditional laptops has been sounded. The old behemoths, heavy and hot running, with battery life that was useless for anything other than light document editing, are now history. Tablets might have taken over as the preferred device for computing on the move, but now, lightweight laptops are hitting back.
While pricing might deter many laptop buyers from upgrading to Ultrabooks, it seems that these new lightweight kids on the block are here to stay.
Author Bio:- Sven Latimer has been a blogger for over 10 years. His most recent work includes writing technology articles for Appsmylife. Sven is very trendy and up to date in the field of mobile technology and he enjoys providing value and personality in his content.