Ultrabooks: Power and Portability in a Super Thin Design
Simply put, an ultrabook is a portable computer that gives you the performance of a laptop with a size and weight that’s more like a tablet. These specialized laptops are so light and ultraportable you can tote one around with you throughout your busy day, with enough horsepower under the hood to take care of all your computing needs. They come equipped with batteries that also last through most of a work day, usually between 5-8 hours.
The term “ultrabook” is actually trademarked by Intel, the world’s largest computer chip maker, and is supposed to apply to PC laptops built by manufacturers like Acer, Toshiba, and Samsung. However, the name has grown to include other computers like Apple’s MacBook Air line and is generally synonymous with laptops that are powerful, have great battery life, and are designed to be extremely thin, light, and easy to carry around.
Some new Ultrabooks also boast innovative features like touchscreens and convertibility. With the launch of Windows 8, these Ultrabooks are taken to a whole new level of interaction. This touchscreen-friendly operating system gives you the power to use your Ultrabook like a tablet. You can swipe through pages, touch the screen to play a movie, pinch to zoom in on a photo, and so much more. In some Ultrabooks you can even fold back or turn the screen, so your laptop converts into a tablet. Of course, you also have accessibility to a keyboard, giving you the best of both worlds. With a Windows 8 Ultrabook, you’re also connected to the cloud through Windows SkyDrive. This lets you store and access your files, music and photos from wherever you have Internet access, whether it’s at home, the office or a coffee shop.