Top rated Ultrabooks: February 2012

Our top rated Ultrabooks for February 2012

Not much has changed since last month in our listings, but we did get our first hands-on session with the HP Spectre, which is a 14in premium Ultrabook available in either Core i5 or Core i7 configurations. It's the first laptop on the market to come with scratch-resistant glass on its panels and HP claims that this material will set the company up for future innovations. Whether that includes double-sided screens or touchscreen functionality, the company spokespeople would not say. We're looking forward to reviewing the Spectre soon.

Toshiba and HP still offer the best all-round Ultrabook models at the moment, with ASUS and Acer lagging a little due to some poor design choices, such as inferior input devices and a lack of built-in ports.

Acer recently released a Core i3-based Ultrabook, which is the first model to be offered for under $1000, a magical price point for these devices that should find mass appeal.

Dell won't be releasing its [[artnid:412083|XPS 13]] until March, but it's a very well built unit (the first Ultrabook with Gorilla Glass) that will definitely stand out in this market. Like the Toshiba Satellite Z830 and HP Folio 13, the Dell XPS 13 will be pitched at business users as well as regular consumers.

Lenovo has not made an announcement yet as to when its [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/243923/lenovo_ideapad_u300s_light_luxurious.html|IdeaPad U300s]] will be available in Australia.

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Aspire S3-951 Ultrabook
3.00

1. Acer Aspire S3-951 Ultrabook

While Acer is the first vendor to get its Ultrabook 'out there', the Aspire S3 unfortunately suffers from a lack of features and just feels a little underdone overall. It could use a backlit keyboard, some more connectivity (such as ...
Review Date: 7th Nov., 2011
RRP: $ 1,399.00
Zenbook UX31 (CUX31E-RY010V) Ultrabook
3.00

2. ASUS Zenbook UX31 (CUX31E-RY010V) Ultrabook

With so much going for it as far as size, build and looks are concerned, it's a shame that the Zenbook UX31 offers a below average user experience. Its input peripherals aren't great, it feels uncomfortable to use and we ...
Review Date: 16th Nov., 2011
RRP: $ 1,999.00
Folio 13-1008TU Ultrabook
4.00

3. HP Folio 13-1008TU Ultrabook

The Folio 13 is one of the best Ultrabooks on the market, simply because it's a joy to use and it has all the right features: long battery life, a thin chassis, responsive performance, an SSD, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, ...
Review Date: 14th Dec., 2011
RRP: $ 1,499.00
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Satellite Z830 (PT22LA-001001) Ultrabook
4.00

4. Toshiba Satellite Z830 (PT22LA-001001) Ultrabook

If you want to buy an Ultrabook, then buy this one. It's only 1.1kg and 16mm thick, but it has a conventional feature-set and it feels very comfortable to use. We enjoyed reviewing it very much, more so than the ...
Review Date: 20th Nov., 2011
RRP: $ 1,399.00
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