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Nandagopal Rajan        Print Edition: March 2012

LG X-NOTE Z330/430

LG X-NOTE Z330/430
Some call these the "super ultrabooks", maybe because at 1.2 kg the Z330 is lighter than the rest of the pack by at least 100 gm. LG has managed to get the 13-inch display into a compact 12-inch chassis and a 1.47 cm thickness all across with no tapered edges. The Z430 will be among the first 14-inch Ultrabooks available, but it will be heavier at 1.5 kg. The larger one will also have both SSD and HDD, meaning storage capacities of up to 500GB and also a bigger price tag.



In the next wave of Ultrabooks to hit Indian store shelves will be the Samsung Series 5. While there will be 13.3-inch and 14-inch versions of this thin and lightweight models, the latter will be the first to feature a DVD drive in the ULtrabook category. The Ultrabooks promise a 20-second boot-up and wakes up in just two seconds. Web browsing is twice as fast as the previous generation of notebook PCs. The 14-inch version will also feature 500GB storage with the ExpressCache technology.

If you thought the MacBook Air is thin, you haven't seen the Acer S5. The S5 is just 1.5 cm at girth and weighs 1.35 kg. The full-metal magnesium-aluminum alloy body of the 13.3-inch S5 impressed all those spotted it at CES 2012. In fact, some expressed apprehension that the body was so thin you could "cut yourself with it". The device is expected to be among the first devices to run the Intel Ivy Bridge 1.70GHz processor and will have the Intel HD4000 graphics. Along with HDMI, the S5 will have two USB 3.0 ports as well as a ThunderBolt. Reports suggest that the S5 will have just 5 hours of battery life and could cost well over $1,000.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre must be the most awaited Ultrabook at the moment. Along with its promise of stunning performance, this device has also captured attention for its unprecedented use of glass. The Spectre uses lightweight, scratch-resistant glass on the lid, display, palmrest and HPImagePad. It also sports a full 14-inch screen inside a 13.3-inch body and the HD Radiance Display offering top of the range resolution and the richest colours. The HP Spectre is fast running on the latest Intel Core processors and still boasts up to nine hours of battery life. The 2-cm-thin HP Spectre weighs just above 1.5 kg and includes up to 256 GB storage. Despite being an Ultrabook, the HP Spectre has a full array of advanced input and output options, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. The HP Envy 14 Spectre is expected to be available in the US in February with a starting price of $1,399.

The Series 9 Ultrabooks will come with an duralumin enclosure with arching curves and remarkable durability. Despite being twice as strong as aluminum, duralumin is lighter and hence these devices will weigh just 1.3 kg with the battery. The Series 9 also includes backlit keyboard, brilliant LCD display screen and a large multi-touch clickpad. Pushing the limits of Ultrabooks, the Series 9 promises a 3-second start-up and a battery life of at least seven hours.


Those who have seen and used it term it the "best device Dell has made in years", and the chances are they could be right. This Ultrabook will be the latest in Dell's high-performance XPS segment and will weigh just 1.4 kg with a maximum thickness of 1.8 cm-its thinnest point is just 6 mm. The device reportedly gives about eight hours on a single charge and sticks to Intels quick start standards. The starting model is expected to run an Intel Core i3 with a 128GB SSD and cost $999, while the fully loaded version with a Core i7 and a 256GB SSD will cost $1,499.

Courtesy:Gadgets and Gizmos

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