Looking to upgrade your business laptop to a business Ultrabook? Here, we take a look at the best business Ultrabook options on the market currently.
If you are a business owner or work within a business which requires computing, then a laptop is an essential machine in order to carry out work on the move. Unlike years ago however the business laptops of today are not bulky, noisy and cumbersome machines, they are in fact extremely portable and light machines aimed to make life easier. If you shop around you can find some fantastic business Ultrabooks which feature excellent connectivity and decent power under the hood, however if you are not one for scouring the internet and researching products, or taking out business management consultancy in the decision of a new purchase, we have done some of the hard work for you in this article.
We have done some virtual business shopping and come up with 5 top thin and light laptops for business. All of these are branded Ultrabooks, too, meaning they all feature USB 3.0 and high-powered Intel Core processors. A few even feature an ethernet port, too!
Without further ado then below you can find our top picks of Ultrabooks perfect for business. You can find the general prices of the products below their description. Enjoy!
Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook range
What’s good?; Fantastic premium design, decent display, fantastic keyboard, fast.
I you are on the lookout for a business Ultrabook which is amazing to look at sporting terrific build quality, you can do far worse than the Samsung Series 9. Reviews of five out of five stars say it all online, however you actually have to see one in the flesh to fully appreciate the thought that has gone in to it. It’s made from Duralumin, which is twice as strong as aluminium however slightly lighter, allowing it to weigh less than 3 lbs.
The Series 9 offers up to 7 hours of battery life and a 128GB SSD as standard. The 13.3″ display has a resolution of 1600 x 900, a step above the lower end 1366 x 768 spectrum which is very good however not as much as some other 1080p displays on the market.
The Series 9 retails at around £950+ online through multiple retailers. Use Google Shopping to find the best prices.
HP Folio 13
What’s good?; Ethernet port, backlit keyboard, great build, affordable.
The HP Folio 13 is one of our personal favourite Ultrabooks on the market today. Retailing at around the £700 mark online, the Folio 13 is HP’s business orientated Ultrabook rocking a fantastic backlit keyboard with lots of travel and good spacing. It’s pretty powerful too; inside you will find a second generation Intel Core i5 CPU, and a super fast 128GB SSD comes as standard, helping it to boot up in around 16 seconds.
We like the Folio 13 for all of the points above and also for its build quality, which is excellent and a mixture of aluminium and high quality durable plastics. Connectivity wise you will find 1 USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port, a full-sized SD card slot and even an Ethernet port, perfect for business meetings where a WiFi network may be slower than wired.
The cheapest retailer online stocking this currently is John Lewis, at £699.99.
What’s good?; Very thin, ethernet port, affordable, backlit keyboard.
Toshiba is an excellent brand when it comes to laptops, and they are well known for creating durable machines which last a very long time. The Toshiba Z830 Ultrabook is Toshiba’s latest Ultrabook specifically designed for business users in mind. Testament to this is the extremely thin profile, durable magnesium alloy build and a full-size Ethernet port alongside a super fast USB 3.0 port.
Display wise you are looking at a 13.3″ LED backlit panel featuring a resolution of 1300×768. This Ultrabook is very affordable, retailing at £650 in some places, and a backlit keyboard which is well spaced further sweetens the deal.
The Z830 comes in a range of specifications, however the lowest priced one can be had for around £650 online.
Lenovo Carbon X1
What’s good?; Amazing build quality and look, powerful, light, fantastic keyboard, great battery life.
Lenovo make perhaps the best business focused laptops in the world. The Carbon X1 is Lenovo’s latest and greatest Ultrabook, manufactured from extremely strong carbon fibre allowing it to weight in at an amazing 2.99lbs for the lowest priced model. Up top you will find a 14-inch, high resolution display and up to 8.2 hours worth of battery life for those dragged out board meetings.
We love the Carbon X1 at Ultrabook News, and it has recieved excellent 5 out of 5 start reviews at numerous expert review websites. Whilst pricey, the specifications and build quality for the Carbon X1 more than outweigh any initial overheard in our book. This is the priciest Ultrabook in our list, and also the best.
Prices for the Carbon X1 start from £1,019.00.
Dell XPS 13 and XPS 14
What’s good?; Unique design, decent display, powerful.
Dell may not have the quality brand awareness of Lenovo or sell anywhere near as many PC’s as HP, however the companies XPS series of business Ultrabooks are really fantastic machines. Both models, the 13 and 14, are the same apart from screen size which ranges from as you may have guessed 13.3″ or 14″. Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are both available.
The Dell XPS is powerful however it also looks amazing, sporting premium aluminium build quality alongside gorilla glass displays, as seen on smartphones and the iPad. This means the screen is incredibly tough and scratch resistant, perfect for all those times you throw your laptop in to a bag.
Prices for the XPS 13 start from £949 whilst prices for the XPS 14 start from £1029. To buy Dell machines, go direct.
And one extra… the Acer TimelineUltra M3
What’s good?; Powerful, dedicated NVIDIA graphics, 15.6″ display, affordable.
The Acer TimelineUltra series directly replaces the TimelineX series of last year. The TimelineUltra M3 is Acer’s most affordable ‘Ultra’ branded laptop to date, offering up more power than the rest of the Ultrabooks here, at the sacrifice of looks. Inside you have a choice of i3, i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors whilst the i5 and i7 versions rock dedicated NVIDIA graphics, perfect for any intensive software you may run.
As noted above this laptop isn’t the best looking option here; it is made predominantly from plastic with the lid sporting aluminium. All materials are black, though, making it look like a normal 15.6″ laptop if only thinner. It does however fit in to any corporate environment where dark boring suits are the norm, and Mickey Mouse ties a rarity.
The M3 with i5 processor and dedicated graphics can be picked up from around £750 online.
Where to buy business Ultrabooks
If you are on the hunt for a business ultra-portable for yourself, you should try a few stores such as Currys or Comet. Both of these stores have a great selection of Ultrabooks, and very often have deals on with money off. John Lewis has a good selection too, and may be worth a browse.
If you are looking to replace a fleet of business laptops with new Ultrabooks, then you will probably be best going for a specific brand. Contact Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer or HP UK in order to ask them what the next stage is in order to replace a fleet of old machines.
All in all there are a wealth of fantastic Ultrabooks on the market, most of which are more than suitable for both personal and business use. If you are in business and have a different Ultrabook which you love, be sure to let us know. Enjoy!