The ultrabook is relatively new type of laptop that has taken the market by storm in recent years. These new machines are designed to be light and thin and they all look great. But you may be surprised that many consumers out there really don’t have any idea what an ultrabook is and how it differs from a regular laptop.
Today, let’s take a look at the ultrabook and learn a little more about what it is as well as show you several reasons why you should choose an ultrabook as your next laptop instead of one the bulkier, but admittedly, cheaper siblings that have been dominating the market for oh so long.
What Is an Ultrabook
First, let’s take a quick look at exactly what an ultrabook is. After all, at first glance it looks like just another laptop, but for good reason. The term ultrabook was originally created by Intel, and for a computer to be classified as an ultrabook it must meet certain criteria.
Essentially, an ultrabook is a laptop that is highly portable. They are very thin and light and have much better battery life compared to their bigger laptop siblings. They must also be fast, making use of very powerful but efficient technology combined with SSD drives to provide a truly impressive user experience wrapped in a small, but highly useful package.
Why Choose an Ultrabook
Now that we know exactly what an ultrabook is, let’s take a look at several different reasons why you should consider an ultrabook for your next laptop instead of one of the more traditional designs you will find on the market.
1. Ultrabooks are Portable
Because they are so thin and light, they are very portable making them the perfect laptop for anyone looking for a computer that they can take with them wherever they go. These laptops are much thinner and lighter than the traditional laptop, but they are often also smaller when it comes to the size of the screen as well.
Most ultrabooks max out with a 13.3-inch screen but you will find even more out there that come with 11-12 inch screens. This is done in order to meet the requirements of the title of ultrabook and are used to improve battery life and weight of the machine. Still, with an external monitor, the smaller ultrabook makes it easy to have one device to use both at your desk and while you are traveling, and they travel quite spectacularly. The lightweight and smaller size make them easy to slide into a travel bag so you can take it anywhere you want to go.
2. Ultrabooks are Powerful
Now I’m not going to sit and here and tell you that an ultrabook is every bit as powerful as some of the larger gaming laptops on the market. But what I will tell you that you can find something almost as powerful. At the same time, they will rival almost any productivity machine on the market and do so in a frame that is a fraction of the size of their bigger siblings. Heck, you can even find models that will handle some gaming.
Ultrabooks contain some of the latest generation of hardware that is designed not only to be fast, but also efficient. These new chips will simply smoke some of the older models when it comes to raw processing power while still being efficient enough not to make a huge impact on your battery. All of this comes to together to create a laptop that is small and powerful and one that will tackle almost any task you put in front of it.
3. Better Battery Life
This is one of the biggest advantages of an ultrabook, especially if you travel and go longer periods without access to an electrical outlet. To meet the specifications of an ultrabook as set by Intel, these devices must have a minimum battery life of 5 hours. Most of these units today do even better than that thanks to more efficient processors and you can even find some that will last 10-12 hours.
This long battery life makes them great for travelers or anyone that doesn’t want to be tied down. I know one of the most annoying parts of my laptop is always having to cart around the power cable just to make sure my machine doesn’t die. An ultrabook has solved this problem once and for all. If you are looking for a machine that will last a long time without the need for a power cable, then the ultrabook is definitely the only choice for you.
4. Stylish Designs
I know some of you out there will disagree with me on this one, but who wants an ugly laptop? No one I know. Believe it or not, looks are important. While they don’t all have to have a futuristic design or a look like they belong in the last sci-fi film to hit the movie theaters, having a machine that looks sleek and stylish is almost important to many people as having a machine that performs well.
Ultrabooks, with their small form factor and ultra-thin design, look much nicer than the bulkier laptops on the market. Most of them are designed using some of the best materials so they not only look great, but are also very rugged and ready for the wear and tear of travel. There is nothing wrong with wanting a laptop that is stylish, and if you are looking for the very best in design then you simply have to consider an ultrabook for your next laptop, as you won’t find any laptop (outside of maybe Apple) that look quite as good as a traditional ultrabook.
5. Ultrabooks are the Way of the Future
I know what you are thinking, that is a pretty bold statement. So why do I believe this? The fact is consumers are demanding laptops that are thinner and lighter than ever before while at the same time wanting the power that can often only be found in some of the bulkiest laptops on the market right now.
However, hardware is slowly but surely becoming even more powerful while at the same time becoming more efficient. This increase in both power and efficiency means one thing – Ultrabooks will one day become every bit as powerful as even the heftiest of laptops today. Because of this, you can expect that more and more companies and consumers will be drawn to the Ultrabook phenomenon.
Already we are seeing Ultrabooks designed with tons of peripherals to make them perfectly suited for both desktop uses and travel as well. We’ve seen docking stations pop up that allow you to connect full sized peripherals with ease and you can even find external video cards to greatly increase their gaming power. There is little doubt that that the future belongs to these ultra-slim devices, and I’m sure we can only expect to see even more hit the market each year.
So How Do You Choose
Ultimately, the choice will come down to you, but let’s take a look quickly at what you should consider when making a laptop purchase.
- Price – Most ultrabooks do cost more than laptops out there. So, if budget is a concern, then an ultrabook may not be right for you.
- Portablity – While all laptops are portable, the ultrabook definitely has the advantage simply because of their small size. If you travel a lot, then an ultrabook may be a much better choice over a traditional laptop.
- Screen Size – Ultrabooks tend to have much smaller screens than a laptop. This can be remedied by pluggin in an external monitor, but some users prefer to never have to use a smaller screen. If you must have a larger screen at all times, you will need to buy a traditional laptop. However, if you don’t mind the smaller screen, then the ultrabook is the better choice.
- Performance – In many ways the performance is a wash depending on what model you choose. However, ultrabooks definitely use some of the latest and greatest technology that is powerful, fast, and ready for pretty much any modern day application.
Essentially, if you like power and portability and don’t mind the small screen, why not go with the Ultrabook. But, if you do need a larger screen or your budget simply can’t absorb the added cost, you may want to go with a regular laptop instead.
Well there you have it. As you can see, the ultrabook as introduced by Intel is a unique laptop in many ways and is designed to service the needs of many different types of users. While travelers will probably find them the most useful, anyone looking for a new laptop that is sleek and stylish should consider an ultrabook for their next purchase.
Remember, these newer style machines are often more expensive than many laptops, but that doesn’t mean they are unreachable, and the features and design they provide are often found to be much more useful to users of all types than the older designed laptops that you will find on the market. So, when you are looking for your next laptop, maybe it is time to take a close look at these ultrabooks and what they can do for you as you search for a new laptop that will help you with both work and play for the next few years.