What are ultrabooks? Competition in the technology industry is fierce. As new products are released, older products have a harder time in keeping up both because innovation means that they are lacking the newest and best features, and because speeds and capacities have improved over time. One of the things that has suffered along the way has been the traditional laptop.
Laptop computers were once ground breaking. Instead of a large desktop computer with an even larger monitor that all needed to be plugged into a wall socket, you were able to buy a smaller and more mobile computer. With it’s battery power source, laptops let their owners take computing power on the road with them, and freed them from the constraints that a desktop computer had.
Newer innovations have led to smaller, more portable devices being developed. Tablet computers are the ultimate in portable device, being slim, light, small and easy to carry. Their battery life is good, and they have wonderful resolution on their smaller screens. However tablets are not a replacement for a full computer, making typing difficult because of the onscreen keyboard, and hence this reduces their usability.
Laptops on the whole remain rather chunky. Certain brands of laptop though are incredibly slim, bringing them in at a fraction of the size of other laptops of similar specifications. These reductions in size come at a cost, because there is less space inside of the case for hardware, and subsequently a much smaller battery must be used. A small battery in a regular laptop simply will not last very long.
Ultrabooks are the best answer currently to competing with tablet computers. They are an Intel brand and thus rely upon a low power drain Intel processing chip from the Sandybridge line. The Ultrabook is not just another line of laptops. Instead there are specifications that should be met, and those specifications become increasingly strict over time. There are in fact three distinct phases in the release of the Ultrabook range, and these apply the standards regarding the size and power needs of the computer.
The standards require a laptop of less than a specified size and weight, that has a good battery life-at least 5-7 hours per charge. Solid state drives are required, both for their power needs and for their size, and in return they help to bring stunning fast performance to the Ultrabooks. Later phases of the development require a reduction of processor chip power usage by 50% compared to the earliest models by using the Intel Haswell processors, along with large improvements on the graphics performance.
Perhaps equally importantly, the Ultrabook specifications call for the laptops to be priced competitively too. All should carry a price tag that is similar to other laptops available at the time, rather than being priced like the premium, slimline and light laptops currently available.
Ultimately the aim is for the Ultrabook laptop range to be incredibly light, portable and with an incredible battery life for their size. They hope to be the best of the ultra-light laptops available, able to compete with the best whilst doing so at an affordable price.