Ultrabooks are the smaller version of laptop , or what we call notebooks. Ultrabooks are compact in size, yet more powerful than the ordinary budget desktops/ laptops.
Though I an not an expert to guide you for ultrabooks, I am suggesting some points . I have summarized these points while doing a research for our another blog.
A Buying Guide for Ultrabooks
There are several thing to be considered before buying an ultrabook. One should basically consider factors like Screen Size, Memory , Processors and price. Let us have a look at these factors.
For ultrabooks , 13-inch or 13.3 inch is the most compact screen size. However, some manufacturers have ultrabooks with even 10-inch screen. You should consider screen size as an important factor, as it directly effects on the price. If you do not have any constraints, you should go for standard 13.3 inch screen , as they provide a better user experience.
While most of the ultrabooks are powered with Microsoft Windows based operating systems, some are powered with Ubuntu – Linux based OS. Such non-Windows ones can cost you very low , as Ubuntu is the free Operating System. A standard Windows License can cost you around $80 –$150 . If you are not familiar with operating system other that Windows, you should go for Windows based ultrabooks , only.
Processor : Intel Second Generating or Third Generation ?
Now this is the most confusing part . The Second Generation processors are knows as Sandy Bridge , whereas , the Third generation ones are knows as Ivy Bridge. There is a difference in terms of performance. However, if you are not a power user or you have a cost constraint, you should consider Second Generation processors.
In addition to this, the clock speed in GHz play an important role , when it comes to performance. Any clock speed more than 2.4 GHz is considered Good.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
Generally, ultrabooks have a RAM of 4 GB , which is sufficient for most of the users. However, some power users may find it low for special tasks. Always look for amount of expandable memory , so that , you can increase it in future according to your needs.
Storage (Hard Disks)
SSD or HDD ?
This is one of the most important factor , especially at the time of buying an electronic items. There are basically two types of storage disks available – SSD (Solid State Device) and HDD (hard Disk Drive) . SSD is the newer and better technology. Hence, it is costlier than a HDD. SSD can give you better performance with low power consumption. If you are not much advanced user , HDD can work well.. There is no need of SSD for you. Advanced users should go with SSDs as SSD can reduce the booting time in a very efficient way.
If you are going for SSD , you’ll need to pay more to get the desired storage space , as SSDs are very costly. Maximum storage can be provided by SSD is 256 GB. However , HDDs provide up to 2TB.
Add – on Slots
High Speed USB 3.0 ports , Memory card Reader Slot , HDMI slot , Projector Connecting Slot (For non-HDMI Projectors)are the additional ports / input slots. These are essential slots and can increase the productivity of your Ultrabook. You should check about these slots carefully before purchasing an Ultrabook.
As ultrabooks are optimized for better performance , they provide a better battery backup. Ultrabooks from Dell provide a battery backup of more than 6 hours. You should check the time of Battery backup carefully while purchasing an ultrabook.
Everyone has his/her own needs and not all advices can suit perfectly. However, these are the basic advices , which can slightly improve your purchasing experience.