What is good about Ul­tra­books

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

While the Ul­tra­books got their name and fame from their porta­bil­ity, of late their pro­cess­ing power has be­come their USP. There is no way you can process an HD video file on a smart­phone or a tablet. For that you will need an Ul­tra­book, which with the lat­est 3rd gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core pro­ces­sors are ideal for video edit­ing and can do the task at much greater speeds than even the 2nd gen­er­a­tion. Pro­duc­tiv­ity is with­out doubt the best fea­ture of the Ul­tra­book. The other scor­ing point for the Ul­tra­book is its bat­tery life. Even the en­try level Ul­tra­books de­liver six hours of bat­tery life with a full use, most can do eight hours eas­ily. This is no mean feat when you con­sider that these are full-fledged com­put­ers, which till a year back could hardly do four hours on their bat­tery. Ul­tra­books are also be­com­ing great en­ter­tain­ment de­vices. While you can do some snack­ing with video clips on your phone and maybe a bit more on the tablet, for back-to-back movie plea­sure you need the larger screen size of the Ul­tra­book. Plus, these de­vices now have great qual­ity speak­ers and come with au­dio tuned by ex­perts like Dolby and Beats Au­dio, elim­i­nat­ing the need for ex­ter­nal speak­ers. Great tech­nol­ogy is also about great de­sign, and the Ul­tra­book is a great show­piece for this. They are with­out doubt the slimmest com­put­ers we have seen – well, most of them are. But they are also su­perb ex­am­ples of how space can be utilised. A bat­tery of USBs and other ports tucked into an Ul­tra­book which is not much thicker than a pen drive is no longer a rare sight.

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