An Ultrabook is a higher-end type of subnotebook defined by Intel.Intel has applied to register the name as a trademark. Ultrabooks are designed to feature reduced size and weight, and extended battery life without compromising performance. They use low-power Intel processors with integrated graphics, solid-state drives for responsiveness, and unibody chassis to fit larger batteries into smaller cases.Because of their extremely thin profile, the number of external ports (e.g. USB) is limited.
According to Intel, Ultrabooks also have “ultra-capabilities” – security features, battery power, instant-on and quick standby. They’ll provide a lightweight alternative to tablet devices for people who just can’t work without a full QWERTY keyboard.
Intel has announced a massive $300m (£185m) fund to help develop Ultrabook hardware and software, and it’s confident that Ultrabooks will make up 40% of the market by 2012.
The first models are shipping with current generation Sandy Bridge Core processors, which will be replaced this year by a new generation of Ivy Bridge chips.
Intel set an initial price target of $999/£999 for Ultrabooks, though many have been more expensive – expect serious in-roads on the cheaper £600-£800 market this year.
But what’s the best Ultrabook to buy? Check out the best Ultrabooks we’ve reviewed, as well as some we got hands on with at CES 2012.
Even if you have to acknowledge that the designer took more than a sneaky glance at Apple’s ultra portable first.The 13-inch Zenbook is fantastic to look at. When closed, the wedge-shaped laptop measures 17mm at its thickest point and a mere 3mm at its thinnest.The same design thinking even stretches to the Intel Core and Windows 7 stickers. We wonder who it was that proposed they were silver and black – Intel? Asus? – but whoever did has made a difference.
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