Note: This is a guest post written by Kristy Kravitsky. Images courtesy of Intel’s Ultrabook
5 Reasons Why the Intel Ultrabook is Ultra Sexy – Are you in the market for a new laptop and haven’t gotten into the whole Apple product craze? Are you tired of empty promises from PC companies? Search no longer my friends – the Ultrabook is here.
Thanks to Intel and its partners, this Windows alternative packs a pretty powerful punch for the money. Starting at $800, Ultrabooks are slimmer, lighter, and in some instances, quicker than other thin-as-air laptops. These quality products are built to last and are made with materials like aluminum and magnesium alloy, unlike the earlier models, which were made with cheap plastic. Don’t let the thinness of this computer fool you. Just because it’s not quite as hefty as what you may be used to doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.
With Intel’s technology inside, you can be assured that the Ultrabook is a quality product. Plus, dragging around a monitor and tower is so not cute.
Still need more convincing? We’re going to look at the top 5 reasons the Ultrabook should be sitting atop your desk. By the end of this laptop review, you’ll be begging for one. The Ultrabook name has been trademarked by Intel, which means that the product must meet certain requirements and that not just any Joe Blow company can smack the brand name on their creations. Prepare to be amazed.
1. Speedy startup
Long gone are the days when you used to be able to make dinner, drop the kids off at soccer practice, and make lunch for the next day, all while waiting for your PC to boot up. Okay, so maybe you’ve never actually done any of those things in your life, but you get the point right? The Ultrabook boasts a 7 second or less response time going from hibernate mode to keyboard contact. And get this: Resuming from sleep is required to be even quicker than that.
2. Lengthy battery life
From a single charge, the Ultrabook’s battery lasts 5 hours. Certain models can last up to 8 hours. Just think of how many games of Angry Birds you can play. A lot.
With a requirement to be less than 21mm (0.82 inch) thick, the Ultrabook definitely isn’t a burden to carry around. In fact, a majority of the models that have already come out have been much thinner than that. It’s like carrying a magazine…a magazine that you can listen to music on, Facebook your heart out, and make movies on. Solid.
4. Superior Security
The Anti-Theft and Identity Protection technology by Intel must be supported in order to bear the Ultrabook name. Bye-bye hackers and creepy ex-boy/girlfriends.
With a name like Intel backing up your laptop, you know you’re in good hands. It’s a household name. Enough said.
The Ultrabook is currently taking the market by storm, with solid companies like Dell, Samsung, and Toshiba hopping on the bandwagon. While everyone has their own laptop reviews and opinions about which Ultrabook is the ultimate machine, you can try them out for yourself anywhere electronics are sold.
Keep in mind that because the Ultrabook is ultra thin, it requires smaller USB connectors than what you may be used to. There are also fewer ports than regular laptops and most don’t come equipped with Ethernet jacks, so it’s Wi-Fi all the way baby. A USB DVD or Blue-ray drive may be added in order to load software or movie discs, as the Ultrabook’s don’t provide space for optical drives.
Hey, these compromises are a small price to pay for a laptop that weighs about 3 pounds and is a half-inch-thick, so get out there and take a test drive on a few for yourself. Good things really do come in small packages.
Note: This guest post is written by Kristy Kravitsky. She is a recent grad of Pennsylvania State University, where she received a degree in English.