The Samsung Series 5 13" could be a good value Ultrabook although entry level versions will come with a Hybrid hard drive rather than an all-SSD build and it's relatively heavy at nearly 1.5KG. The keyboard is good, port selection is good and you've got an Intel Centrino WiFi card capable of Wi-Di so at the current €799 pricing in Europe we think it's a better choice than the Acer S3. US pricing is looking a a little higher at $999 [Jan 18 2012]
MSI GS30, 13.3 inch, 1200 grams (2.65 lbs) The MSI GS30 Shadow is from the MSI Gaming Series - it's a 13.3" notebook of only 1.2 kg and 19.8 mm in height. The case is sleek and lightweight aluminum. The computing power is provided by the Intel Core i7-4870HQ processor which goes up to 3.7 GHz in Turbo, 16GB RAM and two SSDs in Super RAID array along with integrated graphics in the form of Intel Iris 5200 Pro.
HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1, 12.5 inch, 1210 grams (2.67 lbs) The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 is a fanless laptop based on Intel's Core-M Broadwell platform. It packs 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD Storage. The processor clocks at 1.1GHz and has a Turbo-Boost of up to 2.6GHz. At 1.21kg it is very lightweight for a 12.5" laptop. In terms of ports it offers a microSDXC port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and a headphone jack.
Dell XPS 13 (2015), 13.3 inch, 1180 grams (2.6 lbs) The new Dell XPS 13 with 5th-Gen Core (Broadwell) is undoubtedly a stunning looking device but if you take a closer look you?ll see the stars aligning for what could be the best Ultrabook ever. You?ve got no-touch options starting at $799 and, if you dare, a QHD+ (3200 x 1800) touch option with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and a Core i7 for just $1599. All models have AC WiFi, Sync and Charge USB, DisplayPort, backlit full-size keyboard and a precision touchpad which has already had good feedback from The Verge. Even fully loaded the XPS 13 weighs just 1.26KG (2.8 lbs) and the best thing is that it?s got a 54Wh battery inside that?s going to power this Ultrabook for a hard day?s work. Trust me, I?ve had the same setup on a Haswell ultrabook and you really can leave the power adaptor at home. If the battery life isn?t enough for you there?s an external power pack available, the 12,000 mAh (possibly 44Wh) Dell Power Companion, that will boost battery life by up-to 7 hours. hip dates for the XPS 13 are 22nd Jan (Core i3) and 28th Jan (Core i7.)
ASUS Zenbook UX303LA, 13.3 inch, 1450 grams (3.2 lbs) The ASUS Zenbook UX303LA is a new 13.3" Laptop based on Intels latest Broadwell processor architecture. As one of the first Broadwell processors this devices supports DirectX 11.2, however this laptop is not supposed to be a serious gaming machine. At 1.45kg it weighs in the normal range of 13.3" devices. The IPS display features a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. 256GB of SSD should serve for both sufficient amount of storage but also fast boot times. WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.0 should offer good wireless connections. In terms of ports there is HDMI, mini displayport, SD card reader, combined mic and headphone jack as well as 3 USB 3.0 ports. 50Whrs of battery should serve for a decent batterylife. A backlit keyboard is included.
ASUS Zenbook UX305, 13.3 inch, 1200 grams (2.65 lbs) The ASUS UX305 is a new Ultrabook powered by an Intel Core-M dualcore running at clockspeed of 800MHz up to 2GHz Turboboost. It packs a 45Wh battery for sufficient battery life. The 13.3" features a maximum resolution of 3200x1800 pixels supported by a Multi-Touch layer. The device has 3 USB 3.0 ports, a microSD as well as a microHDMI port. Bluetooth 4.0 as well as WiFi ac is supported. 1.2kg for a 13.3" Laptop is really lightweight and makes it perfect to carry around all day long.
Toshiba Portege Z30t, 13.3 inch, 1200 grams (2.65 lbs)
Toshiba Portege Z30t is a laptop with a 13.3" non-touch screen technology and 1366x768 pixel resolution based on the Intel Haswell hardware platform. It has an Intel Core i5-4200U processor with a clock of 1.6GHz, Intel HD 4400 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM. There's also Wi-Fi 802.11 ac included for a faster internet conection and Bluetooth 4.0, but there's no 3G or 4G option. It's worth a look if you want a good laptop for every day use and, on some degree, to play games.
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, 13.3 inch, 1300 grams (2.87 lbs) The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is a Haswell based Ultrabook with a gorgeous 3200x1800 pixels 13" display offering a multitouch layer. It runs on a Core i5 4200U at 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz. Note that you need an adapter which comes with the package for ethernet. Unfortunately the VGA adapter is only optional.
Acer Aspire S7 (Haswell), 13.3 inch, 1300 grams (2.87 lbs) The Acer Aspire S7 just got refreshed - it's now based on Intel's Haswell architecture. It packs in several goodies for your pleasures. Starting with the optional 2560x1440 pixel display, a backlit keyboard, RAID-0 SSDs for blazing fast speed and Intel's WiDi technology, this Ultrabook is a serious option out there. With 180° of movability, the display - a 10-finger touchscreen by the way - gives you the option to lay the display flat onto a surface and play or watch something together. Battery life is proclaimed to be around 7hrs. For crystal clear voice Acer added a microphone array to their Ultrabook.
Toshiba Kirabook, 13.3 inch, 1206 grams (2.66 lbs) The Toshiba Kirabook is a premium Ultrabook built on Intel's Ivy-Bridge platform. It's most compelling feature is that sweet 2560 x 1440 pixels display. With HDMI out and 3 USB 3.0 ports as well as an SDXC card reader it comes with some decend ports. It comes in three flavors: i5, i5-touchscreen, i7-touchscreen. With Bluetooth 4.0, Intel WiDi support and WiFi b/g/n it offers great performance.
The only thing we're missing at that premium price is an ethernet option. The housing is made of aluminum alloy which makes it stiff and light at the same time.