10 Features to Look For While Purchasing an Ultrabook

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The term Ultrabook was first coined (and later trademarked) by Intel. This led to a new range of mobile computer devices that are much lighter and thinner yet enough power-packed to give laptops a run for their money. Several big brands have introduced their own range and the market is very competitive when it comes to pricing and features of an Ultrabook. If you're planning to buy an Ultrabook, you must take care of certain important features that must be present in your new mobile notebook. Sometimes, users are unaware of these features and put their money on a laptop thinking they're purchasing an Ultrabook. We'll discuss about each important feature of an Ultrabook that can help you easily distinguish it from a regular laptop model. Some of these features may be present in a slight different format in the model you've selected for purchase.

Ultrabook

Lighter and Thinner Body

As I mentioned in the introductory paragraph, Ultrabooks are comparatively much lighter and slimmer than a typical laptop. That's the first and the most easily identifiable feature that can help you differentiate it from a laptop. These lightweight machines are 0.8 inches or less in thickness and usually weigh less than 1.5 kg. That's why they're easy-to-carry and fits in very less space. These specifications are getting more competitive as hardware manufactures are coming up with new and improved techniques to further reduce the thickness and weight.

Competitive Price

A high-end laptop usually starts from above $1500. Comparatively, Ultrabooks price range stands anywhere from between $700 to $1200. The difference in this price range has contributed immensely in popularizing these new light-weight mobile computers. A high-end Ultrabook may range up to $1500 but not more than that. In the coming years these prices are bound to go down as some of the current technologies will get much cheaper with passage of time. Be very careful while purchasing these compact devices as the prices fluctuates sharply depending on the configuration of the model.

Long Battery Life

A good Ultrabook includes a battery stack that lasts up to at least 5 hours or more when used in normal conditions without using extensive resource hogging applications. Some popular models are even offering up to 9 hours of battery life which makes them an all-day no charge machine. The unique single chassis design of Ultrabooks lets manufacturers' fit-in large batteries in lesser space. Battery compartments are generally sealed in Ultrabooks to reducer the thickness.

SSD Storage

Although solid state drive is making its way in desktops and laptops as well, but absence of the same in an Ultrabook model is not seen nowadays. Solid state drives are compact in size that contributes to the slim design of the models. They’re also much more reliable than regular hard drives. And last but not the least, their extremely fast read-write speed helps in keeping the Ultrabook responsive even when an application is doing very high disk I/O activity.

Fast Boot Time

Every Ultrabook includes smart connect and smart responsive technology that enables it to cold boot in less than 15 seconds. Solid state drives play a big role in providing fast boot times. Its smart technology also enables it to spring back to life quickly from hibernation mode. These two features are a must-have in every Ultrabook. If the model you've chosen is lacking these two features then it's not an Ultrabook. Its quick boot time allows you to rapidly start the critical applications while on the move.

Strong Security Mechanism

Unlike regular laptops which are devoid of any in-built security mechanism, Ultrabooks comes with strong security features that prevent information stealing and identity theft. Dual-authentication system is available in all popular Ultrabook models that require you to provide an additional code even if you supply the correct log in credentials. Similarly, several anti-theft systems like non-removable hard disk and alert message system whenever it is stolen makes the recovery easier.

Good HD Media Streaming Capabilities

Presence of a good media processing unit is essential for every Ultrabook model. That's why all hardware manufacturers include a decent graphics processing unit to facilitate easy media streaming and editing tasks. Nowadays some models are also including wireless HD screen sharing to nearby devices without putting any adverse effect on the primary processing unit. Ultrabooks also include media editing tools and applications to do general purpose media processing tasks.

Powerful Processing Unit

A compact and thinner computer doesn't means that these light-weight mobile computers have less processing power. Almost all Ultrabook models include Intel's 2nd general multi-core processors that provide enough processing power to complete general as well as specialized media editing tasks. These primary processors are further supplemented with an additional GPU card to provide crisp and clear HD videos. Before you complete the purchase, make sure your Ultrabook has i3, i5 or i7 processor with a graphics card having at least 1 GB dedicated RAM.

Compact Screen Size

Most Ultrabooks comes with 11" or 13" screens that make it compact and light-weight. The reduction in screen size is deliberate to make it small such that it can be easily used while you're on the go. Ultrabooks with screen size 13" are more popular among the buyers as neither they're too small nor too big. Very few models come with 15" screen but they're not as popular as the smaller models. I strongly recommend going for a 13" model with an anti-glare screen.

Ample DDR3 RAM

Nowadays a minimum of 4GB DDR3 RAM is included with each Ultrabook model. This is the minimum amount of RAM that must be present in the model you're going to purchase. Anything less than that is only going to degrade the performance of your machine. If customization options are available, you can also upgrade it to 8GB for running several applications at the same time. Remember, the 4GB RAM shouldn't be shared with the GPU (if available) of your Ultrabook.

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