Intel is the driving force behind a new marketing push to inject the term “ultrabooks” into the portable computer market. Some technology analysts are saying that the term laptop or notebook may be replaced with this new ultrabook term over the next few years.
This new class of personal computer has been developed with two things in mind: thinner and faster. Ultrabooks are a new class of personal computers designed to strike the perfect balance between mobility and performance. Ultrabook manufacturers do this by combining the features and functionality of a full-size laptop with the size and mobility of a tablet device.
Typically, ultrabooks use flash-based, solid state hard drives, which allow them to resume from sleep mode in only a few seconds. These types of hard drives are much smaller and lighter than traditional hard drives, which allow them to reduce the size and weight of these devices drastically.
There are certain requirements and specifications that make an ultrabook an ultrabook. It is these unique specifications that separate ultrabooks from similar products in the consumer electronics market such as laptops, netbooks or notebooks.
There is a size requirement that limits the screen size to thickness ratio. Ultrabooks that have a screen size of 14 inches or larger can be no more than.83 inches in thickness. An ultrabook that is 13 inches or smaller can be no more than .71 inches in thickness.
Most laptops on the market hover around a thickness that is nearly double that of the required ultrabook specifications
Battery life of ultrabooks must be a minimum of five hours. However, most ultrabooks on the market today are boasting battery life of around eight hours.
Another key requirement of ultrabooks is that they must resume from hibernation in less than seven seconds. This is made possible by the flash-based, solid state hard drive that laptop competitors usually don’t have.
These types of hard drives also have no moving parts, which reduces the possibility of a mechanical error that laptops often have.
While there is no specific weight requirement for ultrabooks, their minimalist design allows them to be much lighter than other personal computing options. Laptop and notebook devices on the market today have an average weight somewhere between four and eight pounds, some even weighing more than nine pounds.
Ultrabooks cut that in half and generally weigh about 2.2 pounds.
Being such a newly branded category in the personal computing market, ultrabooks come with a hefty price tag for now. The average laptop can be purchased for around $600 depending on the features it comes with. Ultrabooks are currently priced upwards of $1,000, most coming in at right around $1,200.
The good news is that history shows that the cost of new technology decreases over time. Analysts are predicting that in the next two to three years, the cost of ultrabooks will gravitate towards the same price points as laptops and may even replace what we know as laptops all together.
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