Windows 7 Ultrabooks: Super slim, high performance laptops
Several Windows 7 ultrabooks and Windows 8-based prototype ultrabooks were showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2012. The design of the super-slim and lightweight ultrabooks seem to have been inspired by Apple’s MacBook Air. The ultrabooks are slightly expensive as compared to the laptops, but it is expected that the prices might drop by the end of this year. Let’s take a look at the technical specifications and features of some Windows 7 ultrabooks that are available in the market.
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook
The 0.6’’ thin Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook is powered by the 2nd generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and comes with the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. It has a 13.3’’ HD display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook offers up to 256GB SSD storage space and 4 GB DDR3 RAM. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Enhanced Experience 2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology give you a fast performance. The video graphics card is Intel GMA HD 3000. All these cool features will set you back by $1,199.
HP Folio 13
The 13.3’’ HP Folio 13 Ultrabook has an HD BrightView LED-backlit display with a 1366x768 pixel resolution. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and has an Intel Core i5 1.60 GHz processor with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.30 GHz. The Ultrabook has a 128 GB solid state drive and 4 GB DDR3 RAM is there. The 6-cell Lithium-ion battery can provide up to 9 hours of backup time. It has all the ports that you might need such as an HDMI port, USB 3.0, and a combo headphone/microphone port. This Ultrabook can be bought for $949.
ASUS Zenbook UX21
ASUS Zenbook UX21, which is powered by Intel Core i5 processor, has an 11.6-inch LED screen and comes with pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The Ultrabook has a 128 GB solid state drive and has 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM. You can enjoy high quality visuals on ASUS Zenbook UX21 thanks to Intel HD Graphics 3000 with shared graphics memory. Up to 7 hours of power backup is provided by a 6-cell Lithium-ion battery. For connectivity, there’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. ASUS Zenbook UX21 costs $999 and you can buy it from Microsoft Store.
There are some other Windows 7 Ultrabooks as well such as Acer Aspire S3 and Samsung Series 9. At CES 2012, Lenovo had shown a Windows 8-based Ultrabook – IdeaPad Yoga, which turns into a tablet by flipping back its screen. When Microsoft officially releases the retail version of Windows 8, more Ultrabooks are likely to be introduced.
Check out the ASUS Zenbook UX21 in this video: