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  1. 1. December 28, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Ultrabooks: Laptops as Light as Air by Batteryfast.co.uk What Makes an Ultrabook Different? Since Intel has trademarked the Ultrabook name, the company isn’t going to let PC makers slap the label on just any skinny laptop. A few requirements are involved. According to Intel, a laptop has to meet these five characteristics to qualify for the Ultra- book label. • Quick startup: Going from hibernate to keyboard interaction must take 7 seconds or less. Resume from sleep should be even faster than that. Find out whether one of these superthin, capable • Long battery life: The minimum for a singlehttp://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/ultrabooks-laptops-as-light-as-air-by-batteryfast-co-uk/ laptops is the right choice for you. charge of the battery is 5 hours, and some models promise up to 8 hours. Apple’s most recent MacBook Air is selling like hot- • Thinness: Ultrabooks need to be less than cakes, for good reason. Current Airs are incredibly 21mm (0.82 inch) thick. Most models that thin and light, and–unlike the first version–they’re have come out so far are much thinner. powerful enough for most everyday work. But what • Enhanced security: The laptop firmware if you don’t want an Apple laptop? Finally, thanks has to support Intel’s Anti-Theft and Identity to Intel and its partners, you have a Windows al- Protection technology. ternative: the Ultrabook. • Powered by Intel: You didn’t expect Intel to allow AMD CPUs, did you? Ultrabooks are thinner, lighter, and in some ways faster than standard ultraportables. Most are barely Of course, Ultrabooks ask you to make a few com- more than half an inch thick. Priced from around promises. They don’t have room for optical drives, $800 to over $1500, these are premium products, so you’ll need to add a USB DVD or Blu-ray drive to and they feel like it. Some early Ultrabooks eschew load software or movie discs. The cramped sides cheap plastic in favor of materials such as aluminum and back mean fewer ports, and a greater reliance and magnesium alloy. You’ll find solid-state drives in on mini connections (such as Mini HDMI or Mini most units, making them seem snappier and more DisplayPort). Most don’t have ethernet jacks; it’s responsive. Open the lid, and your Ultrabook will Wi-Fi or nothing, short of breaking out another USB go from hibernate to working in seconds, and it’ll peripheral. For most users, these trade-offs are wor- resume from sleep in the blink of an eye. thwhile, and buying a new cable or adapter is a small extra price to pay for a half-inch-thick laptop that weighs about 3 pounds. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 1
  2. 2. December 28, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Ultrabooks: Laptops as Light as Air by Batteryfast.co.uk Ultrabook Reviews Asus Zenbook UX31E: Sleek Machine, Iffy Touchpad Will your next laptop be an Ultrabook? Our tests of the first four featherweight PCs to carry the label should help you decide whether an Ultrabook is right for you–click the links below to read our full reviews. Don’t worry if you don’t see something you like; in 2012, Ultrabooks are expected to flood the market, improving selection and driving down prices. Acer Aspire S3-951: The Basic Ultrabookhttp://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/ultrabooks-laptops-as-light-as-air-by-batteryfast-co-uk/ Asus’s supersleek Zenbook UX31E is gorgeous. With its brushed-aluminum design, it more closely re- Acer is offering its new Aspire S3 for a comparatively sembles the MacBook Air than other Ultrabooks do, reasonable $899, and you can find it discounted and it really does elicit a Zen-like feeling. Throw in to sub-$850 online. Still, $850 isn’t a budget price an i5 processor, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB 3.0 port, by today’s standards. Can the Aspire S3 deliver on and the $1099 Zenbook UX31E is almost perfect– the promise of good performance in an ultralight, except for its mediocre touchpad. ultrathin package at a not-unreasonable price? Un- fortunately, no: Acer’s attempt at a cost-effective Ultrabook ultimately cuts too many corners. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 2
  3. 3. December 28, 2011 batteryfast.co.uk Ultrabooks: Laptops as Light as Air by Batteryfast.co.uk Lenovo IdeaPad U300s: Thin and Toshiba Portege Z835: Light Weight, Luxurious Middling Specs If there’s a laptop that deserves the moniker “Ultra-http://www.batteryfast.co.uk/battery-technology/ultrabooks-laptops-as-light-as-air-by-batteryfast-co-uk/ book,” it’s the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s. Not because At just 2.4 pounds, the Toshiba Portege Z835 is it’s faster or beefier than the competition (it’s not), the lightest of the first wave of Ultrabooks. Most but because it actually looks like a thin coffee-table rivals, like the Lenovo and the Asus, weigh around book when closed. It’s also the Ultrabook that many 3 pounds. You can immediately feel the difference staffers in the PCWorld Labs gravitated toward due when you pick up this light-as-a-feather laptop. to its luxuriously minimalist styling and superior Unfortunately, this Best Buy exclusive configura- input ergonomics. At least, they did until they heard tion makes a few obvious concessions to reach its that it cost $1595, a price tag that reflects the expense attractive $799 price. of the machine’s large (256GB) solid-state drive. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 joliprint.com/mag Page 3