Even with the advent of tablets that offer the flexibility of working on the move, ultrabooks have not lost their relevance. Latest ultrabooks available in the market are capable of performing most tasks performed by your normal laptop. It is worth noting that the thinner and lighter ultrabooks do not necessarily have the best specifications. Here is a list of the best ultrabooks available in India in 2018.
The Dell XPS was one of the first to come up with the near bezel-less displays which they call InfnityEdge, and continuous update in their design still makes it one of best options on the market. The amount of thought that the company has put in providing comfortable palm rest is commendable. Despite the slim design, Dell has not compromised on the connectivity options and has provided a Noble Lock Slot, USB 3.0 Port, and even a Thunderbolt 3 port among other options. You also get a touch display which can come in quite handy while working on the go.
Lenovo has taken it to the competition with the Ideapad series that is capable of taking on the best in the business. The Lenovo Ideapad 710S is a well-designed ultra-portable and sleek laptop that weighs around 1.1 kg. The nearly bezel-less full-HD display offers more viewing space ensuring an immersive experience. The device comes with an Intel Core i5 7th generation processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and 256 GB of storage. The battery backup with continuous web browsing is around 8-10 hours.
The MacBook Air still remains the best entry-level laptop that is often updated by Apple ensuring a better performance with each edition of the device. The design has not undergone much change ever since the laptop was first redesigned in 2010. The sturdy aluminium body coupled with the ease of portability still keeps the MacBook at the top with other ultrabooks. With some minor updates, you get an Intel Core i5 5th generation processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, and 128 GB of SSD storage. The Apple MacBook Air is not the device it once used to be, yet it remains an impressive laptop that can be bought at lower prices.
The Asus Zenbook UX310 UQ is one of the most well-balanced laptops in the segment deserving every penny spent on it. It is incredibly designed with an all-metal finish and smooth lines around the edges. The keyboard layout is well-spaced with a nice gliding touchpad. Unlike its competitors, the Asus Zenbook UX310 UQ comes with a 2 GB NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics card. You also get multiple connectivity options including a Type C port. Notably, the laptop comes with a two-year warranty instead of the standard one year.
Yes, we have included the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in our list for 2017. The Surface Pro 4 is not the latest one and has been supplanted by the Surface Pro. Yet, the Surface Pro 4 remains a formidable purchase with comparatively huge savings on the price. The Surface Pro 4 is a perfect Windows 2-in-1 laptop with a well-thought design, rightly sized display, and robust processing power. The Stylus or Pen is nearly perfect in size and usage. The only disappointment with Pro 4 is the lack of Type Cover out of the box.
HP has taken competition to the next-level with the remarkable new-edition of HP Spectre 13. The design is extremely stylish, but the speakers on the side of the keyboard could have been placed better. The device weighs merely 1.1 kg which is a quite commendable. Under the hood, the Intel Core i7 7th Gen with a 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost Up to 3.5 GHz and 8 GB DDR3 RAM power the device. The storage is not massive, but the 512 GB of storage is SSD ensuring faster data transfers. You also get a full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass, but the display lacks touch feature which is an unacceptable omission given the price range.
Deciding to purchase an ultrabook will largely depend on the two factors: Price and whether you want to go for 2-in1s or not. The price range of ultrabooks varies hugely depending on the specification you desire. You can get specs even better than the usual laptops if you pay a premium price.
While the specs will vary based on the price, it is essential that you go for hardware capable of handling your requirements. Options with dedicated graphics cards are also available for heavy gaming.
If your profession requires you to take notes or use the stylus to draw, opting for the ones with pen support could be a better option. Lastly, since ultrabooks are also about the design and looks, do give some weightage to the appearance of the device before finalising the ultrabook.
|Dell XPS 13 9360 13.3" FHD||NA||8||9||9||9||8.8|
|Lenovo Ideapad 710S 13.3-inch Laptop (7th Gen Core i5-7200U Processor/8GB/256GB/Windows 10/Integrated Graphics)||65,999||9||8||8||9||8.6|
|Apple MacBook Air Core i5 5th Gen (8 GB/128 GB SSD/Mac OS Sierra) A1466||62,877||7||8||8||9||8.5|
|Asus Zenbook UX310 UQ||NA||9||8||9||8||8.4|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen - (4 GB/128 GB SSD/Windows 10 Pro) 1724 2 in 1 Laptop||64,990||9||8||8||8||8.3|
|HP Spectre 13 i7 8GB 512GB SSD 13.3 Full HD (1920x1080) Touch Back-lit KeyBoard Intel HD 620||NA||8||9||9||8||8|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Mouthshut, Amazon, Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites CNET, NotebookCheck, Laptomag, and PCmag, and Expertreviews.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
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