Not too long ago, the familiar laptop decided to fight back and regain its rightful place in the portable computer device market. As a result, a newer, quicker, and a more agile and portable type of laptop evolved and hit the already competitive mobile technology market.
These new laptops, which are known as Ultrabooks, promised lightning speed processing, faster boot up times, and a slick, streamlined, and lighter design. As a result, these Ultrabooks have been for the most part adopted into the marketplace, as there are new models being continuously introduced, while the prices are decreasing.
As there are now a variety of Ultrabook options available for the consumer, most are wondering what technical specifications to look out for when in the market for an Ultrabook, to fit their specific needs.
So listed are a few characteristics, similar and distinct, which you as a consumer should be familiar with when shopping for an Ultrabook.
Specifications To Look For When Buying An Ultrabook
To begin with, you’ll need to know that every Ultrabook on the market will consist of the following features:
• Super Sleek And Thin – The majority of the Ultrabooks which are available are wafer thin, as in between one half to 0.8 inches at their thickest point
• Extremely Lightweight – Most of the Ultrabooks weight less than 3 pounds, while some are closer to 2 pounds
• Boot Up Times Extremely Quick – Perhaps the best feature of these new Ultrabooks is that they’ve all adopted the quick boot-up technology, which allows them to turn on instantly, while also recovering from sleep mode in 10 seconds or less (some as quick as 3 seconds!)
Keep in mind that what these Ultrabook’s do is sacrifice some of the heavy horsepower, as well as technology which you would normally find in a traditional laptop or netbook. But in exchange of the power that you lose, you gain extreme speed during boot-up times as well as they being ultra lightweight.
Ultrabook’s Compared To Laptops
• Lack Of An Optical Drive – There’s just currently a few Ultrabook’s on the market which are equipped with an optical drive, but what they also do is add close to 4 pounds of weight. So they’re considered more of a laptop Ultrabook hybrid than anything else
• Solid State Disk (SSD) – Using SSD Flash storage technology, these Ultrabooks are able to load incredibly quick, with speeds on par with the majority of tablets and smartphones. These SSD Flash hard drives are also smaller in size, the average being approximately 80GB of storage after the operating system files are accounted for. Some of the Ultrabooks are equipped with the traditional SATA hard drive as well, along with a 20GB SSD (or so) hard drive for the quicker boot up
• Price Range Higher – The current Ultrabook’s price points which are currently offered are a little higher than the traditional laptop or notebook. The key point being that all of the Ultrabooks are based on speed, while sacrificing the functionality of a laptop
When taking everything into account, choosing the exact Ultrabook which is the most suitable for your particular needs can pose to be a difficult decision.
Purchasing The Right Ultrabook For Your Needs
When you’re ready to decide on which Ultrabook is right for you, begin with how much you’re willing to spend, and then work backwards from there. If you’re interested in additional punch for your Ultrabook, like say an i7 processor, or are wanting a larger hard drive, then ask yourself if paying more than $1500+ is worth the trade off for choosing a lighter, more inexpensive model. For comparison sake, a similar Ultrabook, which weighs anywhere between 3 to 5 pounds, will usually cost around $300 to $400 less.
If you’ve been looking at the Apple Macbook Air as an option, but are wanting to stick with the Windows platform, then the price points for the fully loaded Ultrabooks are similar. The majority of the Ultrabook’s which are currently available on the market, however, are usually less expensive than the Apple equivalent.
Ultimately, the most suitable Ultrabook for you may not necessarily be the most expensive, but the one that will fit your own particular needs. As the “Ultrabook” label ultimately becomes more ubiquitous, you can also expect a surge of new products, features, and lower prices to soon hit the market.
They should also be eventually fitted with faster processors, larger hard drives, and much better, more powerful graphics chips. So if you’re not desperate in the Ultrabook market at this exact time, it may be advisable that you wait for the better technology, advanced evolution, and lower prices to possibly arrive.