Christmas present candidate no. 6 - 'Ultrabooks'

xmas_stockingWhy not splash out on a very fast, very sleek, 'Ultrabook' portable computer this Christmas? We didn't make up the word 'Ultrabook', by the way. The computer industry really is using that term for its latest offerings.

First came the laptop and notebook, then the netbook. Now the computer industry has decided the ‘Ultrabook’ is 2012’s new flavour of PC that you simply must have.

HP's Folio 13 Ultrabook

Chip-maker Intel defined the notion of Ultrabooks, laying out a spec that uses its latest processors, maximum weight of 1.4 kilograms, a no-moving parts solid state disk drive and a very thin chassis that resembles Apple’s tiny MacBook Air.

Several manufacturers have hopped on the Ultrabook bandwagon, including HP with its $1199 Folio 13. The Folio weighs 1.5kg (some people cheat the spec a bit) , boasts a 13.3 inch screen, 128GB drive and is about 1.8 cm thick.

The ASUS ZENBOOK is another contender, starting at $1599. The extra dough buys you a machine just .89cm wide, 1.1kg in weight and capable of firing up the operating system in two seconds.

The thin and light nature of ultrabooks means they are marketed towards folks who value style as well as speed. The ASUS video below is typical of the stuff we're seeing for Ultrabooks.

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