Ultrabooks, what are they Anyway?

Consumers have had a lot of product names pass them in recent years. Notebook, Netbook, Ultrabook; these three terms are common place across technology websites worldwide however of the three the most elusive and unknown about currently is the Ultrabook.

So what is an Ultrabook anyway? Well if you have been shopping around for a laptop lately you will have almost certainly come across this term plastered to a few products. In this article, I aim to explain to you guys exactly what it means for a laptop to be an Ultrabook, and what it takes for a laptop to become one.

It all started with Intel

Intel is the most well known and largest computer processor manufacturer in the world. For as long as I can personally remember, Intel has been at the heart of PC


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Peter - August 22, 2012

It’s just a name, still a laptop to me anyway. The fact that it’s called “Ultra” doesn’t make it more powerful for gaming. I would get a much dedicated machine if I were to game.

    Naser Mohd Baig - August 22, 2012

    You are right Peter but we cannot expect high specifications of hardware and GPUs inside a small and sleek device. If you want a laptop for Gaming, then go for Alienware laptops.

      Peter - August 23, 2012

      I would prefer a desktop for gaming, Naser. I still think laptops just couldn’t cut it. Just my opinion though.

        Naser Mohd Baig - August 23, 2012

        Yes Peter, desktops are good for gaming as they don’t overheat soon when compared to laptops. 🙂

    Jakk - August 22, 2012

    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for your comment and opinion (also nice how-to site!). However, I think you may have missed the point to an Ultrabook. Ultrabook’s are not dedicated gaming machines, nor have any which have been released marketed themselves in such as way; an Ultrabooks key selling point is that it is thin, light, powerful enough for everyday computing whilst at the same time offering next-generation features such as a touch screen display. My reference to Ultrabooks rocking NVIDIA GeForce 600M series chips was just to bring light to the fact that whilst Ultrabooks are rake thin, manufacturers are making advances to fit dedicated cards in to Ultrabooks to further add to their appeal.If you want a gaming machine, get one which is sold as such.

      Peter - August 23, 2012

      Thanks for the reply, Jakk. I was actually trying to comment on the statement in your article that says : “including a number of Ultrabooks with dedicated graphics which aim to shrug off any doubters that think Ultrabooks can’t be capable of gaming”, which I think those “doubters”, including myself, are absolutely 100% positive that Ultrabooks are indeed can’t be capable of gaming. I enjoyed your article very much and thanks for complimenting my humble how-to site 🙂

        Jakk - August 23, 2012

        No problem Peter! Some good info on your website.

        Thanks for clarifying your point with a quote, I see where you are coming from now.

        We’ll have to wait and see where Ultrabooks are this time next year. In the meantime, I’m sure in the know consumers will adopt a desktop like suggested above.

Felicia - August 24, 2012

Ultrabooks sounds nice, but still it all depends on what kind of computer user you are. If you are a gamer, then you’d get one that would most fit your needs as a gamer. As for me, I am only an ordinary computer user, check emails, write up documents, etc. I think Ultrabooks are nice to have, but with my computer usage and my tight budget, I’d still stick to an ordinary laptop. Although I would love to have a touch-screen Ultrabook if someone would gift it to me. 🙂

    Jakk - August 26, 2012

    Hi Felicia,

    Thank you for your valuable comment. Check out the Acer TimelineUltra M3, that is powerful, classed as an Ultrabook and here in the UK can be had over just over £600 if you shop around.

Ahsan - August 25, 2012

Recently I saw an ads where 2 women are fighting for charging laptop. Because both laptops has low battery. One woman is using laptop without tension & it is said that Ultrabook – latest innovation of Intel. Still it is new in the world & it can’t support high configuration as it is too slim. Lets hope for the best

    Naser Mohd Baig - August 25, 2012

    I also saw that advertisement buddy. It is funny 🙂


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