Ultrabooks Revisited…Or should I say “Tabletbooks” ?

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The original thought behind ultrabooks was to create a remarkably thin, yet powerful laptop that may compromise on some functions,(ex.  lack of cd/dvd drive), but allows for much greater portability of a speedy computing system. With the introduction of Windows 8, an unarguable touch based OS, it seems that the idea of an ultra book has been altered. As of right now there are about 3 different sub-types of ultrabooks out there that you can buy, let’s see which one fits for you!

1. The Original

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The original ultrabook still stands strong in the market. These beauties usuaully have no optical drive to allow a thinner frame, an increased amount of usb ports,(to allow external optical drives, display connectors, mice etc. if needed), and just as powerful if not more powerful CPU chips that you would find in a larger laptop. This allows those who desire high processing speeds for their work to have a lot more capabilities when traveling, as they can now easily carry these light powerhouses from place to place. Lastly, in order to maintain the argument of portability, true ultrabooks normally won’t exceed a 14 inch screen size, which may stand as an issue for some.

2. The touchscreen laptop

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This version of the ultrabook has the same capabilities and specifications of the original, but now with the addition of a touch screen. The touchscreen was clearly added to this model in order to make up for the not so mouse friendly Windows 8 operating system. While bigger laptops also present this option, the ultrabook is lucidly moving into tablet territory due to the smaller screen size. This model serves as the middle man, as there is no compromise on power for the touchscreen that a tablet would fail to provide, but the touchscreen capabilities are very limited as for most the screen must remain at around a 90 degree angle,(aside from the ideapad yoga, as shown below).

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3. The “Tabletbook”

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This is the most recent transformation of the  ultrabook. I amicably named it the “Tabletbook”, as this version of the ultrabook simply serves to be a large tablet with a laptop keyboard attachment. For most of these ultrabooks, all of the hardware,(the CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, etc.), is within the screen of the laptop. This then allows the user to remove the screen from the keyboard, and thus use it as a touchscreen tablet. Now while this 2-in-1 laptop sounds like a great option, it’s not for everyone. Due to everything being within the screen, the CPU, while offering the latest edition, are at much lower clock speeds,(1.3-1.5 ghz) than you would find in the other two ultrabook models. Lastly, doing any high and processing,(i.e. gaming, graphics design, etc.), may be possible at lower quality, but cooling would quickly serve to be a big issue. All in all however, the Tabletbook is a great choice for the everyday user, and even the business man, as you get the functionality of a laptop with the physical keyboard and mouse and full OS,(not some tablet catered version of the OS), but then also the ease of use and flexibility of a tablet when desired,(simply un-click it from the keyboard!).

What’s Next?

It is believed at this point that while all of these options provide for a wide variety of people to be satiated, the developers at Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, etc. are not yet finished. IT is therefore believed that we will eventually see a laptop or ultrabook with all the powerful hardware necessary in its keyboard base, but then the screen would have its own separate set of “tablet hardware” that will be utilized when the user removes it from the keyboard base. This has been done by some, but not so much that it has infiltrated market popularity. In this way, the user gets the powerful abilities of the laptop, while also getting the flexibility of a tablet, now considerably thinner due to all of the hardware not being within the screen.

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4 thoughts on “Ultrabooks Revisited…Or should I say “Tabletbooks” ?

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