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.
Toshiba KIRA-10D, 13.3 inch, 1100 grams (2.43 lbs) The new version of the Toshiba KIRA (Kirabook) uses the same quality chassis for the third year running. It has a full HD IPS matte non-touch screen and I notice this specific model is not on Toshiba's European website (there are 3 Kira 10's and it looks like the 10H, the 10J has a touchscreen). As such I suppose its not an ultrabook has very good aesthetics but is expensive. Measuring under 18mm in height and weighing just 1.1kg, the Kira features an Intel Core i7 processor, a 256GB solid state drive and a full HD display so is a powerful laptop in a compact design.
HP Stream 13.3, 13.3 inch, 1100 grams (2.43 lbs) The HP Stream 13.3 is another $240 laptop based around the Intel Celeron N2840 dual core Cherry Trail platform. It has a minimal hardware footprint like 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. The 13.3" displays features a a fill HD 1920x1080 pixels resolution. At 1.1kg it is lightweight for a 13.3" laptop. In regard to connectivity it features Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi b/g/n.
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 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.