• How to choose an ultrabook

Why an Ultrabook?

Coined by Intel in 2011, the term ‘Ultrabook’ describes high-end notebooks that have removed bulk without compromising battery life. Using low-power Intel Core processors, these devices have axed optical drives and utilising sold-state drives with a unibody chassis to reduce size. The laptop of choice for those who want power and portability. They are best suited to the worker who spends most of their time on the move. An expensive option, they often use premium materials to create a sleek design suited to those who value style in their tech.

Tip 1- Portability

If the end-user is not going to be on the move that much a standard business notebook could provide the same functionality for less. However, with ultrabooks weighing 3 pounds or less they make the perfect option for an end-user who is always on the move.

Tip 2 - USB Ports

For many the appeal of the ultrabook comes from its sleek and slim design. This can however, have an inverse relationship with the number of ports. Something to consider when looking to purchase an Ultrabook.

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Tip 3 - Keyboards

If typing is a priority, make sure the keyboard ergonomics have not been compromised. If you are wanting to use the keyboard more frequently you should test it before buying - is there enough space below the keyboard for your palms? Is the touchpad sensitive enough?

Tip 4 - Connectivity

If the end user is always on the move you’ll need to ensure the Ultrabook has suitable Wi-Fi connectivity. Some Ultrabooks come with integrated cellular modems working at up to 4G speeds. However, if you are wanting to choose a 4G ultrabook there isn’t that much choice out there - manufacturers avoid making too many 4G Ultrabooks due to complicated contracts with specific data providers.

Tip 5 - Weight

While Intel has a set limit for thickness, weight isn’t regulated. Make sure the Ultrabook is as light as possible. The regulations state any Ultrabook with a screen larger than 14 inch has to be less than 0.83 inches thick. The only exception being if it has a touchscreen, in which case it can go up to 0.9 inches.

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