How we TesTed

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The ul­ti­mate buy­ing guide to ul­tra-books has been cat­e­gorised into three in­di­vid­ual groups-Pro­fes­sional’s ul­tra-book, Trav­eller’s ul­tra-book, and bud­get ul­tra-book. Each cat­e­gory was as­signed cer­tain pa­ram­e­ters like pow­er­ful fea­tures, er­gonomics and rich con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions for the pro­fes­sional, light­weight and long last­ing for trav­ellers and the most af­ford­able ones for the bud­get cat­e­gory. In er­gonomics, we checked things like key­board lay­out, touch­pad de­sign, back­light­ing and ease of use etc. For mea­sur­ing the per­for­mance, we ran stan­dard bench­marks-PCMark Van­tage, 3DMark 06, and Imtec Bat­tery Mark. PCMark Van­tage gives over­all hard­ware per­for­mance and mul­ti­task­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, while 3DMark 06 mea­sures the CPU and Graph­ics work­load bal­ance to eval­u­ate the graphic ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The pa­ram­e­ters, like light­ness was con­cluded by com­par­ing their weight, while con­nec­tiv­ity was con­strued by com­par­ing the num­ber and types of I/O ports (eSATA, USB 2/3.0, VGA, HDMI) they had. Ev­ery re­viewed ul­tra­book has been com­pared on the ba­sis of price, per­for­mance and fea­ture to award the PCQuest Ed­i­tor’s Choise and PCQuest Labs Highly rec­om­mended us­ing Brown&Gib­son Method.

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