The offerings in the Ultrabook category have been growing steadily since second-gen Ivy Bridge devices started hitting the market. With this growth comes new screen sizes that deviate from the typical 13.3-inch ‘baseline’ Ultrabook. To my surprise, I’ve watched many manufacturers increasingly launch larger, not smaller, Ultrabooks. We ran a poll back in May of 2012 asking what your ideal screen size was. I was surprised to find that more of you were interested in a 14-inch Ultrabook than a more portable 11.6-inch unit. Now that the market has seeded 14-inch and even 15-inch Ultrabooks, do you still want larger Ultrabooks?
Top three Ultrabook screen sizes currently available, according to our Ultrabook database:
- 13.3 inch screen (43 devices)
- 14.0 inch screen (38)
- 11.6 inch screen (33)
While there are a decent number of 11.6-inch Ultrabooks on the market, many of them are not available in the U.S. This struck me as somewhat odd.
In particular, I watched as Sony launched their 13.3-inch Vaio T13 Ultrabook in the U.S. while leaving the 11-inch T11 out of the game. Later, instead of launching the already existing T11, Sony opted to launch a brand new T14 and T15!
Asus too seems fearful of the 11.6-inch Ultrabook market in the U.S. While the Company originally launched the 11.6-inch UX21E and 13.3-inch UX31E in America, they pulled out of the 11.6-inch category by only offering the newer 13.3-inch UX31A but not the new 11.6-inch UX21A.
Personally I think 13.3-inches is a great all-around size for portable use. It’s big enough for desk work but, at the same time, small enough to easily slide into a bag. This works great for me, but I also feel like 11.6-inch would be significantly more portable for those people who take their Ultrabook with them somewhere every day.
In my opinion, once you hit 14-inches, and especially 15-inches, you start to widdle away at the ultra-portable part of the Ultrabook.
But there are many considerations. For one, there the tablet-factor at play… maybe people gravitate toward 13.3-inch Ultrabooks and above because they already have a tablet which fills their portable needs? I’m not a tablet owner myself, so I don’t have that perspective.
And that’s why we’re running our screen-size poll again in 2013. Have your feelings on the size of the ideal Ultrabook changed now that 14-inch and 15-inch options are available? Do you want even larger Ultrabooks or are you happy with the choices available? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments — and give us a mark with your vote in the poll!