Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

5 Best Ultra Light-Weight Laptops In 2013

Ultrabooks are trending these days, attribute this success to their extremely light-weight form factor and long battery life. If you are looking out to buy a new high-end Ultrabook, you should get one of these laptops. All of them have good processing power, extremely thin profile, fast boot times and long battery life.

Here are Top 5 Ultrabooks,

Apple Macbook Air (Mid 2013)

The new Intel Haswell powered Apple Macbook Air has a marathon 12 hours battery life under normal usage. It comes in 4 variants; 2 screen sizes and 2 storage capacities. All of them are powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 ultra-low voltage CPU in conjunction with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. They have either 128 GB or 256 GB of full flash storage over PCIe interface which immensely improves the boot up and wake times. The 11 inch screen variant has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels while the 13 inch screen variant has a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels. It’s island style backlit keyboard and large multitouch glass touchpad is said to be the best in the world. It comes pre-loaded with Mac OS X 10.7 Mavericks along with exclusive apps like iWork 2013, iLife 2013, Garageband, iMovie, iBooks and Apple Maps. Connectivity features include 2 x USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt port, SDHC card slot, MagSafe 2 charging port, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.0 and Apple AirPlay. There is an HD iSight webcam that can be used for video chats over FaceTime and the likes. It weighs just 1 KG and is 17 mm thin at its thickest point.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

Samsung’s released the competitor to Apple Macbook Air in the form of its Series 9 laptops which lasts 7-8 hours with its 7300 mAh battery. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus comes with 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD 4400 GPU, 4 GB DDR3 RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage over SATA3 interface which is similar to almost any high end ultrabook out there. The most impressive feature of the ATIV Book 9 Plus however is its 13.3 inch 10-point capacitive multitouch screen with a whopping resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. It features almost similar backlit keyboard and glass touchpad as the Apple Macbook Air. It comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit and Samsung’s cloud storage, S-Apps, SideSync and HomeSync Lite. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is decently loaded with connectivity options in the form of dual-band MIMO multi-antenna Wi-Fi b/g/n, WiDi and Bluetooth 4.0. Physical ports such as Micro HDMI, Headphone/Mic combo jack, 2 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit WLAN Ethernet port and SDXC card slot are present. An HD webcam and stereo loudspeakers complete the multimedia experience department. Is spite of all these features, it measures just 13.5 mm thin and weighs 1.38 KG.

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Sony VAIO Pro

The Sony VAIO Pro comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, and is competitor to the Apple Macbook Air and Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus. This 13.3 inch Windows 8 laptop measures 17.2 mm at its thickest point but is surprisingly lighter than even the Macbook Air at 1.06 KG. It lasts 8.5 hours of Wi-Fi connected general purpose usage. Its hardware specifications includes a 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-4500U processor, Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 256 GB of full flash storage. It has a 13.3 inch full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels display with multitouch capacitive panel. There is an 82 keys backlit keyboard, gesture supported glass touchpad and HD webcam. The Sony VAIO Pro can be connected using wireless technologies such as WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, WiDi, Bluetooth v4.0 + HS and NFC as well as wired connections such as 2 USB 3.0 ports, stereo audio headphone/mic jack, HDMI and SDXC card.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon doesn’t come in as slim profile (18.9 mm) as the ones like Sony VAIO Pro or Apple Macbook Air but is lighter at 1.36 KG and is tougher than any other laptops in its category. It is one of the best rated laptop not only from Lenovo laptops but all ultraportable laptops in the world right now. This 14 inch screened laptop with resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels is powered by 3rd gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor clocked at 2.6 GHz to 3.2 GHz depending on the variants and comes pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro OS. There is 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and either 128 GB or 256 GB of SSD storage. It lasts about 8 hours of battery life even when connected to Internet through Wi-Fi. Wireless and wired connectivity options include dual-antenna Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Optional SIM card slot, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, Mini Display port, headphone jack and SDXC card slot.

Dell XPS 12

Dell’s only contender in this category of laptops is the Dell XPS 12 which has a unique flip-screen form-factor. It has a 12.5 inch full HD multitouch screen, weighs just 1.52 KG being 20 mm thin and lasts over 8 hours of battery life. Pre-loaded with Windows 8, it is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, depending upon different variants, and comes with either 4 GB of 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD 4400 GPU and various SSD storage variants (128 GB/256 GB/512 GB). Similar to all other laptops in this list, the Dell XPS 12 comes with island style isolated keyboard structure and glass touchpad. Connected wired, or wireless through dual-band WLAN, WiDi 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 2 x USB 3.0, Mini Display Port and headphone/mic combo port. There is an HD webcam along with 2W WaveMaxx stereo loudspeakers and special buttons for Windows, Volume control and rotation lock.

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