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Intro to Ultrabooks

Many of the high-end laptops of today are called ultrabooks. An ultrabook is a high-end, light-weight, thin laptop with no internal moving/spinning parts. A majority of ultrabooks have screens that typically range from 11 to 14 inches in size, have a weight of around 2.5 pounds and are a little over a half-inch thick. Most are comprised of solid-state hard drives (SSDs) and have no internal optical drive (CD-ROM) which allow for faster response/performance and ultimate mobility. The inside of an ultrabook is much like the inside of a smartphone, many of the inside components are on one complete board and do not move. Also, many ultrabooks have a starting at a price of about $900-$1000.

More info on Ultrabooks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrabook

As stated earlier they may contain solid-state hard drives. Most SSDs are of lesser capacity than traditional hard drives and typically range from a capacity of 64GB to 256GB. The benefits of a SSD versus a traditional hard-drive are SSDs can be formed into irregular shapes/thin sizes to fit smaller/thinner laptops and have practically instantaneous start-up time. Although SSDs are efficient when it comes to size, the cost per capacity is significantly higher than traditional hard-drives.

More info on Solid-state drive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive

An ultrabook is recommended for individuals who wants a highly mobile, lightweight laptop without sacrificing much of the battery life or performance.

Suggested Ultrabooks:

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-l321x/pd?~ck=mn
CNET Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell-xps-13/4505-3121_7-35117826.html

HP Folio 13:
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=Ultra-Portable&series_name=folio13_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/Ultra-Portable/folio13_series
CNET Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/hp-folio-13/4505-3121_7-35096620.html

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch:
http://www.apple.com/macbookair/
CNET Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/apple-macbook-air-13/4505-3121_7-34850081.html?tag=results;prodInfo

**Useful links**

Dell Outlet:
http://www.dell.com/outlet

Apple in Education:
http://www.apple.com/education/

Apple Refurbished:
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac


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