Impressively quiet and cool
Decent touchpad and keyboard
15.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 screen
If you have around £300-£350 to spend, the
Asus X550CA-X0113H is a great Windows 8
laptop on a budget.
The 15.6-inch ultrabook features an Intel
Celeron 1007U 1.4GHz processor, 4GB of RAM,
500GB hard drive and a DVD drive.
For connectivity, there’s a VGA port, two USB
slots, HDMI support and an Ethernet port.
Stylish design and solid build
Decent battery life
The 13.3-inch ultrabook packs a 1,366 x 768
resolution, quad-core 1GHz AMD A6 APU and 4GB of
In the battery department it manages around 5-6
hours beating a host of £1,000-plus laptops we’ve
Great battery life
The 10-inch device runs on full Windows 8 so you can install
desktop applications to get that traditional desktop
The 1,366 x 768 pixel screen will not blow you away but it's
acceptable considering the price.
Throw in an impressive 12-hour battery life and this tablet-
laptop Windows 8 hybrid is the best budget option available
at the moment.
Plenty of connectivity options
Quick boot-up times
Up to 9 hours battery life
Toshiba Chromebook is the first with a 13-inch
screen and thanks to Intel’s Haswell-generation
processors offers a speedier overall performance and
vastly improved battery life.
The screen, like so many other Chromebooks, is
decidedly below par and you do have to rely on
having a Wi-Fi connection to get the best out of it.
13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen display
NFC enabled touchpad
Weighs an incredibly light 1.06kg
Sony Vaio Pro 13 is the world lightest ultrabook and
our pick of Windows-based ultrabooks.
Built from flexible carbon fibre, the 13-inch Pro 13
weighs 1.06kg, making it lighter than the 13-inch
Aside from its lightweight credentials, it features an
exceptional 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen, a
comfortable backlit keyboard and plenty of
13.3-inch, 1,440 x 900 resolution screen
Runs on 1.3GHZ dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU
We've tested a lot of laptops and the Apple
MacBook Air 13-inch still remains out on top when it
comes to offering impressive staying power.
Averaging around 10 hours of battery life, the new
fourth generation Intel Haswell processor plays a
major part in the Air comfortably getting through an
intense day of work and play.