The idea of the Ultrabook is to make your notebooks or laptops a bit more convenient, with great guts, fast Core processors, solid build quality, and high-resolution touchscreen. So, you might say that, Ultrabook is a “MacBook Air” that isn’t made by Apple, full stop.
Business executives and entrepreneurs who need workhorse machines will want something with more storage and better battery life. Ultrabooks generally have long battery life and good build quality, they’re thin and light, and they have powerful enough internals to fight obsolescence for a few years.
What exactly is an ultrabook? Intel, the company behind the core processor of many of today’s computers, introduced the “ultrabook” category in 2012. Here are the top picks for touchscreen ultrabook laptops – the best combination of price, performance and features.
There are several touchscreen ultrabooks available right now, these are the best ones I’ve reviewed for business executives and entrepreneurs —- which of the many Ultrabooks should you consider?
Acer Aspire S7
Pros: Extremely thin, very light, strong and flexible.
Cons: Very flat keyboard with no significant key travel, shorter than average battery life.
Price: $1,499 (Amazon)
ASUS Zenbook UX31A
Pros: Very stylish, includes a portfolio, very fast.
Cons: Keyboard is hard to type on.
Price: $1,698 (Amazon)
Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook
Pros: Unique swiveling screen converts into a tablet, DisplayPort allows better video on external monitor.
Cons: Fairly thick for an ultrabook.
Price: $1,199 (Dell)
HP Envy TouchSmart 4t-1200 Ultrabook
Pros: Full-sized keyboard, full-sized connection ports, low price
Cons: Insensitive touchscreen, flat keyboard
Price: $700 (HP)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
Pros: Keyboard is exceptionally easy to use, physical interface is familiar, very rugged device
Cons: None that were significant.
Price: $1,451 (Lenovo)
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
Pros: Very flexible in physical configuration
Cons: Non-standard keyboard that’s hard to use, lower video resolution than most
Price: $921 (Amazon)