They’re superslim, wake from sleep really fast, and last at least five hours on a charge. We’re talking about Ultrabooks, a new breed of Windows ultraportable that looks to stick it to the venerable MacBook Air. According to Intel, an Ultrabook must measure less than .8 inches thick. It should also use Intel’s Rapid Start Technology, which should dramatically reduce boot time and help Ultrabooks wake from sleep almost instantly.
So who is making these supersleek and responsive machines? Take a look at four Ultrabooks hitting stores this fall from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Toshiba and tell us which one is your favorite.
Weighing 2.8 pounds, measuring 0.5 inches thick, and sporting an aluminum/magnesium alloy chassis, the Acer Aspire Ultrabook S3 is one svelte notebook. It also sports an island-style keyboard and a large touchpad with integrated buttons, similar to the MacBook Air. We like that there's an HDMI ort on board, and consumers will be able to choose between an Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processor. Storage choices include a 240GB SSD, or a 320GB or 500GB hybrid hard drive with embedded SSD. The S3 will resume from sleep in 1.5 seconds, and its battery will last up to 7 hours.