The Next Generation of Portable Computing

When Ultrabooks were first introduced, they were regarded as technological marvels. Aesthetically pleasing and functionally exceptional, the Ultrabook was every laptop user's dream: faster performance, longer battery life, and unbelievably thin bezels. Within three to four years of their existence, which can be considered a century in the technological world, Ultrabooks have become standard fare and are more affordable. With new innovations continually being introduced in the industry, finding the best Ultrabook for yourself can be difficult. So, here are some of the top Ultrabook models of the past year:

Asus Zen Book

The ASUS Zen Book is easily one of the most beautiful Ultrabooks that you will lay your eyes on. Featuring sharply cornered edges, a metallic interior as well as a razor-sharp display, the Zen Book provides performance and entertainment in a stylish, 15.6-inch package. It is extremely thin, and comes with the very latest technology;: the latest Intel Core i7 Haswell processor going up to 2.1 GHz, Windows 8 installed, 8 GB of RAM as well as a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 650 M GPU. With a weight of just 4.4 lbs, you can't go wrong with the ASUS Zen Book.


Macbook Air 13"

The Macbook Air might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is certainly favored by the general crowd. Being priced at around the $1,300 mark depending upon your configuration, the Macbook Air provides the perfect balance between performance and elegance. Featuring a 13-inch Retina Display, a Core i7 processor as well as a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 675M XT graphics card, the Macbook Air is certainly one of the finest Ultrabooks around. You can also go for the cheaper option which comes with a Core i5 processor and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.

HP Spectre XT

Most will accuse HP of completely ripping off the design of the Macbook Pro in designing the Spectre XT, but the black screen bezel does enough to set it apart. Look below at the keyboard interface and you will find minimal differences between the Macbook Pro and the Spectre XT. However, the Spectre XT features a Touch Smart display that taps into the power of the Windows 8 operating system to deliver a fluid performance, using the Core i7 processor with the Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 8 GB of RAM to full effect. With battery life of around 7 hours, you can't ask for anything more from an Ultrabook that retails for around $1,300.