We all know that laptops, despite being portable can still sometimes be cumbersome, but do they really have to? With today’s cutting edge technology and energy efficient hardware, the simple answer is “no”. Welcome to the world of Ultrabooks. Based on the MacBook Air, Ultrabooks are lightweight, thin, and energy efficient laptops designed to be ultra-portable. Let’s take a look at what makes them so unique.
The first thing you will notice when comparing an Ultrabook to a traditional laptop is the size and weight differences. Most traditional laptops tend to be over 1 inch thick and can weigh anywhere from 4.5 to 10 pounds while an Ultrabook is designed to be under 1 inch thick and generally weigh less than 4 pounds. This allows for greater portability, especially when you are on-the-go.
Upon further inspection, you may notice that the amount of ports differs from a traditional laptop. You may also notice that Ultrabooks lack a disk drive. While at first this may seem inconvenient, remember that Ultrabooks are designed for portability. Most people who buy them will not be planning to carry an array of disks and USB devices though USB extender hubs and disk drives are available.
Once you get past the initial inspection of the exterior, you may want to take an Ultrabook for a test drive. Ultrabooks sport the latest in Intel and AMD processors for fast performance, equal amounts of memory compared to today’s traditional laptops, and SSD or hybrid hard drives for lightning fast data access. While some traditional laptops may out-perform an Ultrabook, most are evenly matched.
One of the biggest concerns for consumers is battery life. Nobody wants to be stranded without an available charger and low battery life while working on an important task. While most traditional laptops can be found to last about 4 hours under realistic conditions, Ultrabooks generally perform under realistic conditions for an average of 5 hours and some have been reported to last up to 8 hours when not running media.
Finally, we get to the aesthetics of traditional laptops and Ultrabooks. Ultrabooks rely on simplicity in design while not compromising performance. Many models are sleek, thin, lightweight, and generally pleasing to look at. A side-by-side comparison makes traditional laptops look clunky and uninviting. While traditional laptops may have a larger screen, Ultrabooks retain a reasonable size for most consumers who focus on portability and practicality.
In conclusion of this comparison, Ultrabooks are competing with traditional laptops and generally coming out on top. This isn’t to say that companies should do away with traditional laptops just yet. There are simply things that traditional laptops do better such as gaming and other high-level hardware demanding processes. The decision should be based on the consumer’s personal needs.
Ultrabooks vs the MacBook Air
Ultrabooks are often compared to the MacBook Air. Lately, new models have been seen sporting more innovative designs. Ultrabook makers are also getting bolder by adding features such as gorilla-glass, carbon fiber, and longer lasting batteries among other unique, distinguishing features. This is creating a large range of variety to choose from. It seems there will always be a war between Mac and PC so it’s best to choose your product based on your experience with either brand, or by a trustworthy recommendation.
Author Bio:- Daryl Roberts is a freelance web designer that prefers a Mac over a PC and routinely recommends Accuweb Hosting for all hosting needs.