What is not so good about Ul­tra­books

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

While porta­bil­ity is its USP, man­u­fac­tur­ers are now tak­ing some lib­er­ties with the size and weight, es­pe­cially with the 14 inch mod­els. So now you have weights of above 2 kg (like in the Dell XPS 14) and thick­ness that is closer to the 1-inch mark. It is still the slimmest of the note­books, but there is too much vari­a­tion out there for our lik­ing. Even cheap fea­ture phones now have 5MP cam­eras, but it is hard to find an Ul­tra­book or note­book that has even a 2MP we­b­cam. Why com­put­ers still like to un­der­per­form in this as­pect is any­body’s guess. While Ul­tra­books make for good en­ter­tain­ment de­vices, it wouldn’t be all that com­fort­able to use them for se­ri­ous gam­ing. Their key­boards are not that well spaced out and hard­core gamers might not be all that im­pressed. The big­gest draw­back at the mo­ment for Ul­tra­books is their value for money. There are no Ul­tra­books avail­able un­der 50,000 and the re­ally good ones will cost at least 50 per cent more. They have placed them­selves as high-end de­vices and will not gain mass ac­cep­tance un­til the prices drop sub­stan­tially.

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