The Dilemma of Choice
Anybody can be suckered in by an elegant look and a stylish design. But as is often the case, looks can be deceiving. The same rule applies to buying an Ultrabook. The best Ultrabook for you may not necessarily have the most appealing look.
It’s, therefore, better to know what to look for, what really matters to you before you go shopping for a new Ultrabook. Additionally, it’s increasingly difficult to find what best suits you as numerous models crop up every year. Here are some of the specifications you might want to consider when buying an Ultrabook.
Size matters when it comes to Ultrabooks. You always want to make sure that you pick the laptop that best suits your daily life, and size is a great determinant of that. It is not something that you can change later and, say, upgrade. Whatever you choose you ride to die.
Ultrabook sizes range from small 11 inches and all the way to slightly over 17 inches. You obviously want to get a smaller sized laptop if portability is a major concern for you. Most current Ultrabooks use 13-inch display screens but if you travel a lot or just want a smaller one, you can go up to 11 inches.
Most businesses though use 14 or 15-inch screen laptops which have “retina” displays with high resolutions.
Security is a big issue in the current world. Best ultrabooks now come with Identity Protection Technology (IPT), though it’s a feature not exclusive to all Ultrabooks. The IPT uses an authorisation management feature that works by connecting the PC to an online account. Security questions are also an added feature and codes are also sent via SMS.
Anti-theft feature is available in Ultrabooks and would be a beneficial addition to have. It detects suspicious activity and accepts theft-notification messages. It also recognizes a lack of check-in as a suspicious activity. Only the owner can restore the system and a message can also be sent to alert someone when the device has been stolen or is lost.
This is very important especially for users who are mostly traveling. Choose Ultrabooks with up to 8 hours of battery life. Some of the latest generation Ultrabook models come with core processors that possess and “Ultra Low Voltage” capability.
The battery design has also been improved to capitalise on slimness. For example, sealed batteries is a design recommendation feature in some models to achieve a thin Ultrabook design.
Check for the “always on” capability which is very useful when running long operations like updates that you don’t want to be interrupted.
Responsiveness and performance are more or less the same thing. Because the more powerful a PC is, the faster the processing speed and the more responsive it will be.
Consider quick boot-up times and performance boost capabilities. If you need to process more load on a consistent basis, choose an Ultrabook with raw processing power.
Check for “Rapid Start” technological feature which allows the gaming laptop to resume from hibernation and connect to the internet within 7 seconds.
Smart Connect is also a useful feature that you may want to be included in your Ultrabook. It will ensure a laptop regularly wakes up, according to a user-configured schedule to check for updates and synchronize.
Ultrabooks most commonly come with a storage capacity of 128 GB or 250 GB SSD. For many users, this nowhere near enough and people are forced to acquire external hard-disks to meet their needs. Don’t be those people. If large space is a requirement for you, choose an Ultrabook with about 500GB to 1TB of space.