Intel Ultra Thin Laptops

by Scaevola

Intel is working on creating the thinnest laptops possible, here are some of them.

With all the attention for the MacBook Air, Intel thought they should jump in this market and so they did. With the UltraBooks - the thinnest laptop which should become the fear of Apple!

UltraBooks - Thinner with More Power

Intel has been working on a special chip which allows laptops to become way faster, while needing less capacity in the laptop. That is exactly how the laptops can become extremely thin, while not giving in on power or capacity.

Prices start right now at 800$, but the idea is UltraBooks will become way cheaper in the beginning of 2013. You can find all the prices and specs in different Ultrabook comparison charts online.

Probably the most important part of the UltraBook scene is the weight, how thin the machines are, but the standby time as well. Often praised as one of the best features from the MacBooks is that they are on the moment you open them up.

Let's dive into some of the UltraBooks right away!

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

This is the big one from Acer. The Acer Aspire S3 has everything which makes it an UltraBook and everything to make you buy one.

Some specs:

  • 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
  • Up to 6-hours battery life
  • 2.98 lbs. system unit only

One of the best things about the Acer Aspire S3 is the 320GB hard drive, which is not found in many UltraBooks. Another advantage is the cooling system, causing the UltraBook not to heat at all!

Asus Zenbook Ultrabook

Of course. If we are talking Acer, we should talk Asus as well. This is the big competitor of Acer and in UltraBooks as well. The key features:

  • Spun metal and hairline aluminum finish throughout the entire chassis that only measures a minimum thickness of .12" and weighs only 2.87lbs.
  • 2nd Generation Intel® Core i5-2557M processor with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology for smart multitasking that automatically senses what you're doing and boosts performance.
  • SATA 128GB solid state drive for an amazingly smooth and fast computing experience.

The ZenBook has one major advantage when it comes to looks: it is all metal. Just as the MacBooks the chassis is entirely made out of aluminium instead of plastic, which is the case with the Acer Aspire S3.

Another difference you can note is the screen resolution. The ZenBook has a higher screen resolution, which makes it look even better.

Comparing the Asus ZenBook to the Acer Aspire S3 you can say the Asus does a little better job imitating the MacBook's, having a metal chassis and a great display, while Acer is giving the ultimate laptop experience to the users!

Updated: 03/24/2012, Scaevola
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