Best Ultrabooks Under $1000, Under $800: 2012 Buying Guide
2012 Buying Guide: Best Ultrabooks for under $1000, and Under $800
Ultrabook is a new type of ultra-portable PC laptop that is designed to compete the Apple's MacBook Air. Acer, Samsung, and Hewlett-Packard all make Ultrabooks that cost less than $1000 or even under $800! The Asus Zenbook is also nearing the $1000 price point.
If you are looking for a lightweight, thin, and fast high-end notebook, you may be pleasently surprised by what you find here. They have 13.3" or 14" screens, long battery life, and an Intel processor.
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HP Folio 13-1020US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook - Under $900 - Professional Level Ultrabook
Features & Specifications
2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M Processor 1.60GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.30GHz
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
13.3-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive: 128GB solid-state drive flash module
Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h)
3.30 lbs; 12.54" x 8.67" x 0.7"
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1696MB total graphics memory
Built-in Webcam: Video chat in low-light environments using your HP Folio 13-1020us
Digital Media Reader
Full Size HDMI Port
Full-size backlit keyboard
Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 13.3-Inch Ultrabook - Under 3 Pounds, and very thin (.5")!
Features / Specifications
13.3" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display: (1366 x 768) resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio
2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M Processor 1.6GHz
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 128MB of dedicated system memory
320GB SATA Hard Drive
20GB SSD Drive
2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
1.3MP HD Webcam(1280 x 1024)
Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement
Two Built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers
2- USB 2.0 Ports
1- HDMI Portwith HDCP Support
3-cell Lithium polymer Battery
Up to 6-hours battery life
2.98 lbs. system unit only
Samsung Series 5 NP530U3B-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook - Priced at Under $800!
Windows 7 Home Premium
13.3-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing (300-nit brightness)
1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-2467M low-voltage, dual-core processor (2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (8 GB maximum)
1.3-megapixel HD webcam
Built-in stereo speakers with 4 watts of power (2W x 2)
Up to 6.5 hours of battery life (4-cell battery)
Dimensions and Weight: 12.4 x 8.6 x 0.69 inches (WxDxH); 3.24 pounds
Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Intel Wireless Display functionality
1 USB 3.0 port for ultra-fast data transfer
2 USB 2.0 ports
VGA video output
Multi-format memory card slot
Microphone and headphone jacks
ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52 13.3-Inch Thin and Light Ultrabook - This is currently priced a bit over $1000, but I thought it was worth mentioning here, for comparis
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Display: 13.3-inch HD display (1600 x 900)
CPU: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2557M Processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.3Ghz)
Graphics: Intel UMA
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz)
Bluetooth: BT 4.0
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive
Camera: 0.3 megapixel
Speakers: Stereo Speakers powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEPower
Card Reader: SD Card
Input / Output:1 x Mic-in, / Headphone-out, 1 x mini VGA port for external monitor, 1x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0, Micro HDMI
Battery: 6 cell
Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.78 x 0.12 ~ 0.71" (W x D x H)
Weight: 2.87lbs (with 6 cell battery)
MacBook Air vs. Ultrabook Laptop - Calling all Mac and PC Fans
A 13 inch MacBook Air costs $1299+, while an Ultrabook with the same size screen and the same processor (Intel Dual Core i5 Processor 1.7GHz) can be bought for about $300 less. But, is it a better deal?
Which is a better deal?
Solid State Drive (SSD) vs. Hard Disk Drive (HDD) - A Feature to Consider when Buying an Ultrabook
Solid State Drives are faster, which allows quicker boot-up time. There are no moving parts, which means no sound and it may last longer. However, Hard Disk Drives are cheaper which means that they are often bigger so you have more storage space for videos, pictures, music, etc.
For more information:
- SSD vs HDD | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews
These days most people are buying laptops for their computing needs and you have to make the decision between getting either a Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as the storage component.
Refurbished Asus Zenbooks on Ebay - Snag a deal!
I often buy refurbished computers because usually there is a significant cost savings. I figure that refurbished means that the computer company found what went wrong and fixed it for me. However, make sure you check the seller's rating and feedback to see if they appear to be an honest, reputable seller.