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Ultrabook Showdown

These 9 Windows laptops take on the MacBook Air with Intel's Ultrabook technology. Let the battle begin!
By Galen Gruman
Slideshow Jul 9th 2012
  • Apple's MacBook Air in 2008 made people rethink what a laptop could be: thin, light, capable, energy-efficient, and powerful. In 2011, Intel came up with its Ultrabook specification to let Windows PC makers create laptops that could compete with the Air. Here are the main contenders.

  • Acer Aspire S3-951-6828: Processor: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel i5 ("Sandy Bridge"), SSD: 240GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD3000, Ports: HDMI, two USB 2.0, Ethernet, SD/MMC slot, Weight: 3.0 pounds, What's special: Bluetooth 4.0, Price: $1,049.

  • Apple MacBook Air: Processor: 2.0GHz dual-core Intel i7 ("Ivy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD4000, Ports: Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort, two USB 2.0/3.0, SD slot, Weight: 2.96 pounds, What's special: OS X, Bluetooth 4.0, backlit keyboard, Price: $1,599

  • Asus ZenBook UX31E: Processor: 1.8GHz Intel i7 ("Sandy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD3000, Ports: Mini VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, 5-in-1 card slot, Weight: 2.87 pounds, What's special: Bluetooth 4.0, Bang & Olufsen audio, backlit keyboard, Price: $1,449

  • Dell XPS 13: Processor: 1.7GHz dual-core Intel i7 ("Sandy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD3000, Ports: Mini DisplayPort, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Weight: 2.99 pounds, What's special: TPM security module, backlit keyboard, Price: $1,669

  • HP Spectre XTProcessor: 2.0GHz dual-core Intel i7 ("Ivy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD4000, Ports: Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, SD/MMC slot, Weight: 3.07 pounds, What's special: Beats audio system, backlit keyboard, Price: $1,525

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 300S: Processor: 1.8GHz dual-core Intel i7 ("Sandy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD3000, Ports: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Weight: 2.9 pounds, What's special: Colored bezel options (clementine and graphite), Price: $1,549

  • Samsung Series 9 A03: Processor: 1.7GHz Intel i5 ("Ivy Bridge"), SSD: 128GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD4000, Ports: HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, 4-in-1 card slot, Weight: 2.55 pounds, What's special: Backlit keyboard, Bluetooth 4.0, Price: $1,299

  • Sony Vaio T Series: Processor: 1.9GHz Intel i7 ("Ivy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, Graphics: Intel HD4000, Ports: VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, SD slot, Weight: 3.54 pounds, What's special: Price, Price: $1,240

  • Toshiba Portegé Z930-S9302: , Processor: 2.0GHz Intel i7 ("Ivy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 13.3 inches, RAM: 4GB, Graphics: Intel HD4000, Ports: HDMI, two USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, SD slot, Weight: 2.47 pounds, What's special: Bluetooth 4.0, backlit keyboard, Price: $1,699

  • Vizio Thin+Light CT14-A2: Processor: 1.9 GHz Intel i7 ("Ivy Bridge"), SSD: 256GB, LCD: 14.0 inches, RAM: 4GB, Graphics: Intel HD4000, Ports: HDMI, two USB 3.0, Weight: 3.39 pounds, What's special: Antitraction bottom material, TPM security module, price, Price: $1,199

Source: InfoWorld (US)

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