For a short time of its existence, a young tribe called “ultrabooks” managed to replenish with dozens of models of all the main and a sea of devices of “non-primary” manufacturers. Over the past year or a little less, we have seen a lot of ultrabooks at GG. And now they decided to reflect on the topic of why some of them are better than others.
At the beginning of the article we will give links to our materials on ultrabooks.
“Classic” ultrabooks 11-13 inches on the Sandy Bridge platform:
Ultrabooks 11-13 inches on the Ivy Bridge platform:
“Large” ultrabooks 14-15 inches:
And what is it. an ultrabook?
Initially, Intel defined these newfangled devices as a symbiosis of tablets and subnotebooks on Intel’s productive platform. From the first they had to take lightness and compactness (why not a screen?), From the second. performance and ergonomics. Then more rational refinements were announced. After them, the ultrabook ceased to be perceived as a spherical horse in a vacuum, but acquired quite real features, the progenitor of which can be considered the Apple MacBook Air. These features were approximately the following:
- The modern productive and energy-efficient Intel platform (the first generation. Sandy Bridge, then Ivy Bridge, and so on);
- Case thickness should not exceed 20 millimeters;
- Weight. up to 1.5 kg, but better. less;
- The housing must be durable (i.e. metal elements are desirable);
- Ultrabook. a travel computer. Therefore, it must have an acceptable battery life;
- The cost of an ultrabook should not exceed 1,000.
The consequence can be considered a limitation on the diagonal of the screen: it is quite difficult for a laptop to fit into such a strict framework if it has a diagonal of more than 13 inches. However, these rules are far from axioms. They have been violated, are being violated, and they are unlikely to cease to violate. over, the departure from the canons can be safely called not violations, but progress or experiments. First of all, manufacturers of ultrabooks most naturally “experimented” with cost. Often, at the start, the price exceeded the promised 1,000. Of course, this happened not only from the desire to profit from users who were greedy for the wow-effect, but also from the fact that the process of releasing devices of a new class was not yet fully developed.
Video: Ultrabook Asus Zenbook Select
Then they swung at the holy. at the mass. precisely, the new 14 and 15-inch laptops with a thickness of 20 millimeters were included in the group of ultrabooks. Their weight sometimes reaches two kilograms, with the “classic” ultrabooks they are related by the platform and relative energy efficiency. As it became known, Intel did not make any announcements on its website, it also slightly corrected the initially announced numbers upward. However, all this is pure marketing games. And what should be repelled, choosing “thin and light”, and what is now on the market, we will try to tell you now.
Ultrabook and its screen
Screens differ in size, matrix type, resolution and the presence / absence of gloss. A typical 2012 ultrabook is a device with a screen diagonal of 13 inches, with a glossy TN-matrix with a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. The displays of most models on the market fit these dull, in general, parameters.
The most popular diagonal of an ultrabook matrix is 13 inches. This is not so small as 11, while in the vast majority of cases it is enough for comfortable work. Almost all manufacturers presented ultra-thin laptops in this size. Apple (MacBook Air), ASUS (Zenbook series), Dell (XPS 13), Acer (Aspire S3 and Aspire S5), HP (Folio 13 and ENVY Specter XT 13), Lenovo ( IdeaPad U310), Samsung (Series 5 Ultra 530U3B), Sony (VAIO T13).
For those who have 13 inches a lot, the choice is not so wide, but it is. So, in the 11-inch form factor presents different generations of MacBook Air, Zenbook Asus UX21A and Asus UX21AE, Acer Aspire V5-171 and Sony Sony VAIO SVT1111. The screen resolution of an 11 or 13-inch ultrabook is 1366×768, 1600×900, 1440×900 (in the case of the MacBook Air) or 1920×1080 pixels. Most often, today manufacturers are stubbornly continuing to put 1366×768 pixels in ultrabooks, and if this is normal for an 11-inch device, I would like to see cars with a diagonal of “from 13” with a less grainy picture.
In addition, about 90 percent of ultrabooks are equipped with a matrix with a glossy finish, which is ideologically not quite right: after all, a laptop with an “ultra” prefix is portable due to its compact size, and it needs a screen that minimally glare in the sun. Among the lucky ones with a matte display surface are the 13-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra 530U3B and 14-inch 530U4B, as well as the second generation of ultrabooks ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A (11 inches) and UX31A (13 inches). The aforementioned Zenbooks are generally lucky: today they are the only ultrabooks that are equipped with IPS-matrices, which means excellent viewing angles. In addition, it is on these Zenbook models that the screen resolution, depending on the configuration, is 1600×900 or 1920×1080 pixels. As for me, the ideal resolution for a 13-inch screen is 1600×900 or 1440×900 pixels. The latter has a Macbook Air, and the first, in addition to the Dziebuki, is also the HP Envy 14 Specter (frankly, this is a 14-inch ultrabook, and we removed them separately. But this model fits in a case that is more similar in size to 13-inch devices).