Over the past 2 days we here at Ultrabook News have massively enjoyed the IFA over in Berlin. Hardware manufacturers have unveiled some seriously crave-able consumer technology including Android powered digital camera’s, heads up displays like something from Star Trek and naturally computers and laptops aiming to take full advantage of Microsoft’s Windows 8 release in October.
If you have been keeping up to date with us, we have covered the best Ultrabooks revealed at this years’ IFA including a range of excellent Ultrabook hybrids however also more traditional ‘fixed’ clamshell offerings from the world’s best known computing brands. We don’t quite know all of the full details to each great new Ultrabook just yet, however in this post, we’ll be taking a look at 3 of the best Ultrabooks which have been announced as well as detailing what we do know thus far.
To view all of our coverage of this years’ IFA, you can do so through this link.
The Samsung Smart ATIV PC Pro
The Samsung Ativ (pronounced art-eve) PC Pro was one of the most highly anticipated products of the IFA, with thanks to Samsung releasing a teaser video of said product a few days before its official unveil. For those who missed my coverage on that, we accurately guessed what it was, a hybrid Ultrabook.
The ATIV PC Pro is one of two products released side by side, with the other one being a cheaper ‘ATIV PC’ option (amply missing the Pro from its name).
The PC pro is a really rather exciting product. Inside you will find a Core-i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a gorgeous 11.6-inch 1080p display and a 256GB SSD allowing for rapid boot up times and storage a plenty. Other rather exciting features include 3G & 4G support, as well as Micro HDMI and USB ports. Claimed battery life for this Ultrabook hybrid is 8 hours, whilst the cheaper and lower spec’ ‘ATIV PC’ will rock 13.5 hours claimed battery life.
Colour us very excited for this product. View our coverage.
HP Envy Spectre XT Touchsmart
I love HP’s Envy and Spectre series of Ultrabooks for their fantastic build, lustrous designs and great hardware. When they revealed the HP Envy Touchsmart and HP Spectre XT Touchsmart, then, I almost spewed my cup of tea all over my monitor (not really, but close).
The original Spectre XT was released by HP earlier this year, and their latest, the Envy Spectre XT Touchsmart, is much the same as the previous one however with two added benefits; the new one features a 15-inch display and touch screen capabilities for Windows 8.
Now I know what you are thinking; seeming as the display size has been bumped up, has the resolution too? Well I have good news! The Envy Spectre XT Touchsmart rocks a 1,920 x 1,080 display with IPS technology, making it gorgeous to both look at and use. The 15-incher isn’t hulking either, measuring in at a repectable 17.9mm and 4.77 pounds in weight.
This Ultrabook looks to be utterly perfect for just about anyone. View our coverage.
Asus Zenbook U500
If you are familiar with the Asus Zenbook line of Ultrabooks then I do not really need to go in to details about just how amazing to use these machines are. If you aren’t familiar, then get this; the Asus Zenbook line of Ultrabooks are arguably the best looking laptops in the world, even more so than Apple’s Macbooks.
The U500 builds on its predecessors with two massive key details; first of all this machine brings a 15-inch 1080p display to the party, and second of all you have the option upon configuration to have dedicated graphics. Now who said Ultrabooks aren’t powerful?
The Zenbook U500 features a numerical pad and at its thickest point the Zenbook U500 will measure just 19.7mm. You can also ramp up the SSD storage of this book’ to 512GB, whilst graphics wise you can opt for a Nvidia GT650M graphics card which features 1GB of dedicated memory, whilst powering the machine will be a power house Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor.
This Ultrabook looks perfect for the business user with that numerical pad. View our coverage.