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What's an Ultrabook?

by Suzanne Kantra on March 15, 2012

Think you have to pay a hefty premium to get a thin and powerful laptop with good battery life? Not if you’re getting an Ultrabook.

Ultrabooks are a new class of ultraportable laptops defined by Intel to measure less than 21mm thick, get five or more hours of battery life, use a powerful Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and wake almost instantly from a sleep state. All for around $1,000.

As founder and editor of Techlicious, I spend a lot of time working away from my desk, whether it’s on a plane, in a coffee shop or even at my kitchen table.

Ultrabooks are a great choice for people on the go, like me. I’ve been using the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s and it slips easily into my tote. And with it weighing just under 3 pounds, I barely notice it’s there.

That is until I pull it out to work on. The Ultrabook’s ultra-slim profile and dramatic styling always cause second glances. With a Core i5 processor, it makes short work of the photo editing and writing I need to get done and with 8 hours of battery life there’s plenty to spare for cross-country flights.

My favorite thing about Ultrabooks, though, is that they’re always ready to go. I’ve timed my Lenovo IdeaPad U300s at 15 seconds for a full boot and 5 seconds waking from sleep.

The only thing I sometimes miss with my Ultrabook is the CD/DVD drive for loading software and watching movies. But for truly mobile users, like me, the benefits of a powerful, thin and light laptop with great battery life are well worth it.


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