The Best Ultrabooks for CES 2013 Journalists

Updated on 06 January 2013 by

Lenovo-Thinkpad-Carbon-X1-29.jpgOK, maybe this post is a bit late as tech journalists count down the last few hours to press day at CES 2013 but it was something I put together last night as I thought about what Ultrabook i’d like to have if I had been there this year. I wonder how many bloggers and journos are already using Ultrabooks at CES. It would be very interesting to walk through the press rooms and take a straw poll. If you’re reporting from CES 2013 and have 30 seconds, let us know what laptop you’re using and plug your website.


The Trade-Show Journalists Ultrabook…also suitable for conferences, seminars and field work


  • Core i5 Ivy Bridge (or Sandy Bridge if you’re not doing video encoding work.)
  • 4GB ram (6-8GB if you’re doing crazy video editing but I never have problems with 4GB and PowerDirector 10 for basic trimming, sequencing, fading and titling.)
  • 128GB fast SSD. (plus external storage if you want to archive source videos and photos)
  • USB 3.0 x3 with ‘sleep and charge.’
  • Full size Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Full size SD card slot
  • 1600×900 screen (14″ probably ideal size)
  • Weight no more than 4lb
  • Full size HDMI port
  • Windows 8 for fast boot and resume, sharing from Win 8 apps
  • Strong dual-channel, dual band WiFi (Intel Centrino 6230 Plus good antenna design)
  • High quality keyboard with backlight
  • 5hr working battery + lightweight charger

Again – get the best WiFi setup possible as you’ll be relying on it in crowded hotspot situations. In addition to a strong WiFi setup, you’ll need a strong 3G/4G setup. Some built-in 3G/4G cards can be very strong.

Best Tech-Journalist Ultrabooks

  • Samsung Series 9 13 & 15″ models (15″-er would be my choice due to big 60Wh battery and weight lower than some 13.3″ Ultrabooks) [Details here]
  • Lenovo X1 Carbon (best wifi, not best battery capacity – 45Wh)
  • Fujitsu U772 with extra battery slice. Over 100Wh of battery should mean it’s possible to leave the charger in the hotel. High quality WiFi too but it’s only got a 1366×768 screen. Even without extra battery it has the biggest capacity of any Ultrabook at 72Wh.
  • Updated HP Elitebook Folio 9470M is also one to consider after March 2013.

Other Ultrabooks to Consider


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