What are the es­sen­tial pa­ram­e­ters to con­sider be­fore buy­ing an ul­tra-book?

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Form Fac­tor: What de­fines an ul­tra-book at the out­set is the slim form fac­tor but that can go against it if the slim­ness is not well pro­tected. Light weight met­als like mag­ne­sium and alu­minium and some­times car­bon fi­bres are com­monly used to make ul­tra-books ro­bust and durable.

Screen Size: The ini­tial ul­tra-book mod­els were mostly 13 inch. When Ivy bridge came, we saw 14 inch ul­tra-books and with the Haswell we can see 15 inch ul­tra-books very soon. The size of the dis­play along with screen res­o­lu­tion is es­sen­tial. A res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080 is avail­able but most of the 13 inch ul­tra-books have 1366 x 768 res­o­lu­tion. Wide view­ing an­gles, of upto 180-de­grees are el­e­ments that will be missed at some point of time.

Con­nec­tiv­ity: Ul­tra-books are a ma­jor de­par­ture from note­books when it comes to con­nec­tiv­ity. Life with­out VGA ports or Eth­er­net ports is unimag­in­able but in re­al­ity most of the ul­tra-books, due to thin edges, just can­not sup­port them and so the mak­ers just got rid of them. Eth­er­net-based con­nec­tiv­ity is still de­sired by a vast group of pro­fes­sion­als and so is VGA. So if you need this func­tion­al­ity, you’ll find it in only a few se­lect ul­tra­books, such as Toshiba’s Pro­tege Z835 Ul­tra-books should have USB 3.0 or thun­der­bolt ports to sup­port high speed data trans­fer.

Hy­brid stor­age: Most ul­tra-books use SSD with HDD. SSD helps in fast boot-up, re­duc­ing time lag in wake-up time to sin­gle digit in sec­onds, and helps in faster data trans­fer or in open­ing apps, if the ul­tra-book (like the Macbook Air) has just SSD for stor­age. Most of the In­tel ul­tra-books are how­ever hy­brids with the best of the both form of stor­age20GB of SSD and 320 or 500GB of HDD. With ul­tra-books your stor­age ca­pac­ity does get re­duced but ex­ter­nal stor­age drives can com­pen­sate for it.

Bat­tery Life: With closed bat­ter­ies that can­not be up­graded buy­ing an ul­tra-book can be a dilemma, es­pe­cially when your work in­volves plenty of trav­el­ling. Ul­tra-books use low volt­age pro­ces­sors that con­sume less power and last longer than your note­books. 5-6 hours is the min­i­mum back-up that any ul­tra-book has to de­liver, but in good high-end mod­els 8-10 hours of back up is expected.

Se­cu­rity: Make sure, your ul­tra-book has In­tel’s lat­est Anti-Theft tech­nol­ogy, which locks down an Ul­tra-book if it’s lost and helps in keep­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion from fall­ing into wrong hands. If re­cov­ered, it can be re­ac­ti­vated like be­fore. Also, the Iden­tify Pro­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy from In­tel, makes on­line shop­ping and ac­tiv­i­ties more se­cure.

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