The Samsung Series 5 14 pushes the boundaries of the Ultrabook definition but has a unique position in the market as being the only Ultrabook with a DVD drive. Like the Series 5 it's a well-rounded device with good keyboard, ports and specifications. Weight is high although relatively light for a 14" notebook. [Jan 18 2012]
Apple Macbook Air 13 2015, 13.3 inch, 1365 grams (3.01 lbs) The Macbook Air 2015 brings with it Broadwell cpus to replace the Haswells but it has an Intel HD 6000 gpu instead of the 5000 series. It will be competing with the likes of Dells XPS 13 and Toshiba's KIRA 10 series among several others.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch 2015, 14.0 inch, 1408 grams (3.1 lbs) The X1 Carbon is an ultraportable device with a base made of magnesium and aluminum. The display (IPS) cover uses carbon-fibre and glass-fibre reinforced plastic, and the hinges are reinforced with carbon fibre. More tough than classy. The keyboard and touchpad have been revised from the previous model. It's reasonably thin and light especially for a 14 inch laptop, a choice from a powerful set of Broadwell ULV cpu's can be chosen, up to 8GB RAM and various serial ATA storage up to 512GB. OneLink dock and Gigabit ethernet ports included.
Toshiba CB30-B-104, 13.3 inch, 1350 grams (2.98 lbs) This Toshiba CB30 Chromebook model has a full HD IPS screen and its weight is ok for a 13.3 inch laptop but it's price may not be. The speaker system has been tuned by Skullcandy - is this is good thing? There is 100GB of cloud storage for 2 years and of course you get Google Docs as an office suite as well as the Chrome apps from the Web store.
HP Elitebook 820 G2, 12.5 inch, 1340 grams (2.95 lbs) The HP Elitebook 820 G2 is another business oriented laptop that's thin and light and mobile in and out of the office. So for business there's proven enterprise technologies, security (TPM, vPro etc), performance, and management features that will meet its needs. There's various cpu, storage and RAM (up to 16GB) options to configure.
Fujitsu Lifebook S935, 13.3 inch, 1370 grams (3.02 lbs) The Fujitsu S935 is a top quality laptop with a top quality price. The system is powered by a choice of Broadwell core i5/i7 processors. You can add a modular battery, blu-ray or dvd players. Two batteries of 51 Watt-hours + 28 Watt-hours - battery life should be 9 hours on wifi. There are also higher res screen options to 2560x1440.
HP Envy Notebook, 13.3 inch, 1270 grams (2.8 lbs) The Envy laptop is HPs thinnest one ever at 12.95mm in an all metal body but you will still get high performance with 6th generation Core i processors and 8GB RAM. HP on their website compare this to the Apple Macbook Air 13 which suggests better cpu, ram and price and of course thinness! 12.95mm v 17mm
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.