With ultrabook prices dropping and designs slimming, Top Ten Reviews has just released a comparison of the best ultrabooks available right now. TTR compares the design, performance, features and battery life of industry-leading ultrabooks and displays their rankings in a side-by-side comparison, along with comprehensive reviews of each model.
"Ultrabooks give you an easy way to take your personal or business life on the go," said Lecia Monsen, Managing Editor of Top Ten Reviews. "These thin notebooks aren't even an inch thick and you can use them to store and use information on the cloud."
The Top 3:
1. Toshiba Portege Z835: The Gold Award winning ultrabook is 0.63 inches thin and has a 13-inch screen. At 2.47 pounds, this tiny laptop fits in any bag almost unnoticed. This thin and light laptop has over 8 hours of battery life on one charge and has a high-resolution screen. Toshiba adds their Resolution+ technology, which will upconvert standard DVDs and make them sharper and more vibrant.
2. HP Envy 14 Spectre: The Silver Award winning HP Spectre has reflective glass surfaces and a clean-looking backlit keyboard. It boasts Beats Audio speakers, with the added capability of streaming wirelessly to other wireless speakers.
3. MacBook Air: While Apple can't actually classify the MacBook Air as an ultrabook, this ultrathin laptop set the industry standards for thickness, weight and screen resolution. Plus, one can't ignore the unibody design and powerful, internal components that make up the Bronze Award winner.
What Makes Ultrabooks Appealing?
The best ultrabooks feature clear screens with high-definition quality and quick start-up times, both from sleep mode and from off. Many top models have screen sizes of 14 inches and Intel HD Graphics cards. Top Ten Reviews looked at five main criteria in their reviews.
Performance: A big concern with ultrabooks was that manufacturers wouldn't be able to fit powerful components into slim designs. The ultrabooks TTR looked at feature Intel i5 Core processors that run consistently from 1.6GHz to 2.9GHz. Depending on the model, consumers can choose between dual- and quad-core processors, too.
Design: This is the unique strength of ultrabooks. These ultrathin laptops are almost as wide as some college textbooks, but people won't even feel the ultrabook in their bag. When closed, the thickest laptop reviewed was 0.71 inches thick and there are some with a wedge-like design, making them near razor thin at the opening.
Features: The ultrabooks TTR reviews feature two to three USB ports and even an HDMI port, so consumers can hook them up to a TV or projector. Many ultrabooks also come standard with Bluetooth capabilities. Some ultrabooks that feature unibody design will have spill-resistant keyboards.
Memory & Battery Life: Many ultrabooks have more RAM in them than standard laptops have. There is usually less storage space in an ultrabook, but they have solid state drives with no moving parts. No moving parts mean they can boot up in less than 30 seconds. Intel requires a minimum battery life of 5 hours to be considered an ultrabook.
Help & Support: Even a new computer can have operating issues, so it's reassuring to know a company will back up its products. A solid warranty and a community of user forums can offer peace of mind. All ultrabook manufacturers will give clients directions on downloading drivers or software from their sites, keeping hardware and software up-to-date.
The new ultrabooks are designed for consumers who need more computing power than a tablet offers but just as much mobility. Ultrabooks have forward-thinking technology for cloud-connected individuals who want greater speed and contemporary design. These thin and light laptops will provide anyone with maximum performance and minimal weight for almost any situation.