So you want an Ultrabook, this is an understandable desire, the mere sight of your laptop causes waves of nausea to wash over you, you think to yourself “if only I could shed this computational weight, this unnecessary bulk, and join the master race”. Alas, there’s a problem, you can’t stomach the idea of stepping down to a 13.3″ screen, it seems a fate worse than death itself. Well, worry no more, because true to Intel’s promise of larger screen sizes on 2012′s Ultrabooks has come to fruition. Read on as we delve into the wonderful world of 14″ and 15″ Ultrabooks.
HP ENVY Ultrabook 6t-1010
Starting with the largest screen available on any Ultrabook today, the ENVY 6t-1010 packs a whopping 15.6″ screen, an area typically dominated by the big and hulking gaming laptop market. Making good use of the added space with Intel HD4000 graphics coming as standard, a 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor, a 500GB hard drive (with 32GB SSD caché) and a claimed battery life of 9 hours, the 6t-1010 is a rather impressive beast. Strangely though, HP didn’t see fit to improve the resolution of the screen alongside making it larger, so the panel is labored with a miserly 1366×786 resolution.
Samsung Series 9 15″
With one of the more beautiful designs on the market, the 15″ Samsung Series 9 packs a 1600×900 matte display, a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5-2467M processor backed by 4GB of RAM, or a Core-i7 chip with 6GB of RAM. Sadly, there’s no option to improve upon the Intel HD3000 graphics chipset inside, so those looking forward to firing up a couple of video games to take advantage of that added screen real estate will likely find themselves disappointed.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 14″
Lenovo’s recently released Thinkpad Carbon X1 has been making waves for its good looks, neat perfect keyboard, outstanding touchpad. It’s also packing Intel’s HD4000 graphics chipset and a i5-3317U processor. It’s 14″ screen is packing a nice 1600×900 which should serve you well in most circumstances. The Thinkpad line has a name as all business, no play but the Carbon X1 is equally at home as your indestructible road warrior as it is packed into the boardroom.
Dell XPS 14″
As discussed in our recent round up the best second generation Ultrabooks on the market, the Dell XPS 14 does a lot of things very right. It’s admirable gaming performance, build quality and lovely 1600×900 Gorilla Glass coated screen are all excellent things in the Ultrabook world, but the cost for desirable specifications might cause you a moments hesitation.
There are a good number of excellent Ultrabooks out there packing 14″ and 15″ screens in to those unbelievably thin frames, these are but a few. Remember to tell us your favourite big screened Ultrabooks in the comments.