Every other day we get up and hear a brand launching a new laptop but with a tag Ultrabook. So what is an Ultrabook exactly? Let’s find out.
The term Ultrabook is nothing more than pure marketing strategy by Intel which it is using for a new generation of portable PC’s empowered by its technology.
What is an Ultrabook
In Intel’s words, Ultrabooks are not just ultra slim and stylish which they are. But they also have “ultra capabilities” like having Intel’s Anti-theft security feature, enhanced battery power, instant-on with 5-second connectivity to Wi-Fi.
One can think of an Ultrabook drawing parallels from Apple’s MacBook Air. Its got more power than the regular netbook but not as much as a high-end laptop.
Ultrabook also has Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, super fast SSD storage with USB 3.0 connectivity features. Embedding security, graphics and video encoding and decoding will improve the battery life and the speed of operation.
Intel’s emphasis on Ultrabook’s light, thin and stylish design will not compromise with the cost. For now, the Ultrabook costs around $800, but that price will come down to around $500 with Intel putting pressure on the manufacturers to cut cost by the end of 2016.
Intel says its aggressive about Ultrabook and is confident that Ultrabooks will account for 48% of the market by the end of 2016. The Ultrabooks are already shipping with Skylake processors and by the end of September, we can expect Kaby Lake processors in the latest Ultrabooks.
So now that we have answered what is an ultrabook you might be wondering which Ultrabook should you get? Here our top pick from the Ultrabooks available in the market right now.
1. Dell XPS 13 is one of the best ultrabooks you can buy today for around 900$. It ships with an Intel Core i5 – i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 520 and beautiful HD 13.3 inch Screen. Can’t go wrong with this one.
2. The Surface Book is a breath of fresh air from Microsoft. They managed to pack in some of the highest performing components into a cool looking futuristic design. It comes with a 3,000 x 2,000 Pixel screen. The larger configurations ship with a dedicated Nvidia GPU as well. For about 1400$ you can order one from Amazon or stop by at a Microsoft store.
3. Asus ZenBook UX305 is a great entry level ultrabook at a very attractive price point. It ships with Intel Core M3-6Y30 – M7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515 a very nice HD screen and 256 GB of Solid State Drive which is pretty much the standard in ultrabooks these days. For about 700$ this is a great buy.
So there you go, our Top 3 picks for ultrabooks. I hope you found this article useful, please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.