Ultrabooks – What you need to know

The smartphone may not have been invented by Apple, but Apple was the one that transformed the smartphone into a coveted gadget.  They were the ones responsible for pushing the rest of the smartphone-manufacturing world to push the envelop of technology to what we have today from the likes of Samsung, LG and Huawei among others.

In the same light, there have always been high-end laptops on the market, but it was Intel who decided to categorize these computers, dictated the requirements for inclusion into the category and  pushed several OEMs to get at least one of their devices into that group.

So what exactly are Ultrabooks?

Ultrabook is a term coined by Intel which is used to describe a high-end laptop computer with the following specs:

  1. ultra thin – it has to be less than 0.7 inches thick
  2. ultra lightweight – under 3 pounds
  3. very powerful – must be running an Intel processor
  4. has a battery life of at least five (5) hours
  5. has a screen size of less than 14 inches
  6. should be able to resume from hibernation in less than eight (8) seconds (instant-on)
  7. should have USB 3.0 port(s)
  8. should have Intel Anti-Theft and/or Intel Identity Protection built in
  9. should have a price point just below USD $1000.00 (there are exceptions to this Intel rule)
  10. must have a premium feel to it (bye bye cheap plastic)

It’s important to note that the specification list is still evolving with things like touchscreen being added for Ultrabooks running Microsoft Windows 8, solid state drives (SSD) instead of the regular hard drive among other things, but at least now you can be a part of the conversation when Ultrabooks are being talked about.

Are they worth it?  What are your thoughts?  Please share in the comment section.