Thanks-you for your 600+ votes in the recent ‘Favorite Ultrabook’ poll. The results are worth discussing. The top three remain the same as in November last year when we ran the same poll with only 5 Ultrabooks. The Dell XP 13 and HP Envy 14 Spectre enter at #4 and #5
The Ultrabook I bought myself is the winner. The Asus UX31. The funny thing is that I had to take it back because of a showstopper of an issue with the keyboard – I find it terrible. Despite that there are people who own it and have no problem with it and I suspect that because of the marketing, its looks, features and value, it’s retained #1 position
#2 is the Toshiba Z830 which I would put at #1 (core i5 version) but only if you don’t work in a silent room. The fan can be a nightmare in a silent room. You won’t hear it in an office though.
The Lenovo U300s is reported (I still haven’t fully reviewed it yet) to be a great all-rounder and deserves #3 position.
What I find amazing is that the HP Folio 13 is getting great reports, has leading battery life, a great port-set and a great keyboard with a good price and isn’t anywhere in the running. The only thing going against it is that it isn’t stylish. Are we that concerned with style? It appears so but remember this is a ‘favourite’ poll. It’s not a ‘what I bought’ poll. I suspect the HP Folio is going to be the device of choice for many; Even those that have no idea what an Ultrabook is and just want a lightweight workhorse. I’m considering it myself as I need a full SD port, quality keyboard and long battery life. 1.5KG is not my ideal weight but the battery life is so good I may be able to leave 200gm of charger at home!
The Samsung Series 5 13 is another device I think will sell well. I’ve done extensive testing on it and it’s a great all-round lightweight laptop. The price is looking good. There’s a lot of storage and a better hybrid HDD solution than on the Acer S3 too.
As for the LG Z330, I think we’ll see that rise when reviews come in. It’s a looker but is relatively unknown. The Acer Aspire S3 is still a good device (I called it the ‘honest’ Ultrabook’) but maybe it’s time to see the price drop on that now. $699 anyone?
Over the next month I will be building an Ultrabook-chooser application that will guide you to a solution based on your requirements and my knowledge. I expect the top ten to look very very different!