The Acer Aspire S3 sports a slim and compact design that reminds one of MacBook Air. However, the Acer Aspire S3 comes at a remarkably low price and it serves as an excellent example of how the growing Ultrabook laptop category can effortlessly function if done the right way.
The Acer Aspire S3’s construction may not please everyone since it does not come close to being premium. It offers limited connectivity options and the battery life of this device is on the lower end of the standard or acceptable. If you want a device that looks like MacBook Air but do not want to shell a premium price, then the Acer Aspire S3 is your best bet. It priced below 1000 dollars.
The Apple MacBook Pro, with Retina display, comes with internal upgrades to the Thunderbolt, WiFi, graphics card, SSD and even the CPU. The outcome is a faster and more efficient laptop with enhanced battery life and a reduced starting price to boast. What disappoints its prospective users is that the changes are only internal and not major enough for one to upgrade to this MacBook Pro if one already has the previous year’s version. The Apple MacBook Pro comes at a starting price of 1,999 dollars and is quite an expensive one.
The Dell XPS 12 is a neatly designed, slim hybrid with a rotating screen that also boasts of enhanced battery life and high-resolution display. The accelerometer of this device may be confused when one flips the screen in any corner and also the fan gets too loud sometimes. The Dell XPS 12 also lacks a HDMI output and a slot for SD card. The Dell XPS 12 is a updated edition of the Dell XPS 12 which also gets a new CPU to boost its battery performance.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, Toshiba Kirabook and the Dell XPS 12 are three strong contenders in the emerging ultrabook category in India.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is built solidly and ticks the right boxes. This laptop-tablet hybrid has all the advanced security features that you would require while working in the IT department. The ThinkPad Helix packs in dual batteries in the keyboard and tablet base. The battery is powerful enough for an entire day without requiring to be charged.
On the other hand, the Helix ThinkPad features the less efficient, now obsolete CPU generations from Intel while the price tag is of a device that is powered by a latest generation CPU.
Though the Helix ThinkPad can be claimed as the best ever detachable-screen hybrid, the expensive price tag and obsolete CPU make this hybrid for a chosen audience and not the masses per se.
Dell XPS 12
Dell launched the XPS 12 which is a slim and stunning rotating-screen hybrid that flaunts enhanced battery life and high-resolution display that surely leaves prospective buyers impressed. However, the accelerometer can be tricky to operate when the user flips the screen in any direction. Also, the fan of the device is quite loud. Also, the XPS 12 does not have a card slot for SD card and even HDMI output is missing.
Toshiba’s executives in Tokyo are well aware that they need to work hard to rectify the company’s image in the US markets. And the Kira series notebooks is their weapon to change the impression. The Kirabook from Toshiba is an impressive and power-packed laptop. It offers exceptional battery life and the keyboard is a backlit one and designed beautifully. The Kirabook has high –resolution screen display. In fact, it has the highest resolution display which is available currently on Windows laptop.
Even though a detachable tablet from a laptop seems handy & cool, there are a couple of points you really must consider while making such a buy.
Dell XPS 12 Features vs HP Envy X2 features
Firstly, Dell’s XPS 12 Processor is Intel Core i5, while HP’s Envy x2 processor is Intel Atom Dual-Core. Even though both run Windows 8, the Intel Atom processor series have generally been used in their HP MINI models, along with various other cell phones.
Second, the processor speed on Dell’s Ultrabook is 2.7GHz whereas the HP doubles-as-tablet laptop is configured to a 1.8GHz processing speed. Games, apps & chat windows naturally operate faster on the first.
Storage-wise, Dell XPS12 memory is 4GB & a 256GB HDD capacity as compared to HP ENVY x2 2GB memory of 64GB HDD capacity.
Next, the graphic resolution on Dell XPS 12 is 1920 x 1080 pixles, higher, in-front of HP’s 1366 x 768 pixles.
And finally, the main reason for which I would choose the Dell XPS 12 – houses a 1.3MP camera while HP ENVYx2 detachable tablet laptop does not. For Skype users, the buck stops right here.