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Best Ultrabooks for 2013

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4010nr

The HP Spectre 15-4010nr is attractive, fast, and performs day to day tasks exceptionally well. With a 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 10-point touchscreen for working with the Windows 8 OS, the 15-4010nr runs on the Intel Core i7-3517u processor with 8GB DDR3, 32GB cashe SSD, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 for high-end multimedia support. Connectivity is through a single USB 2.0 and multiple USB 3.0 ports, and as a pleasant surprise addition, a Thunderbolt port. For multimedia users, it comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements preloaded, along with free Norton Internet Security for two years and a one year warranty. At less than $1,350, the HP Spectre 15-4010nr is one of the better options for multimedia and mainstream professionals.

Lenovo ThinkPaid Helix

Lenovo ThinkPaid Helix

This is a typical Lenovo, with a sophisticated black finish, compact and highly portable in both tablet and docked modes, and very usable in either mode. Detached, you get a tablet that’s slightly on the heavier side, but is even more portable. Docked, you can twist the ultrabook around to a number of configurations. With a HD 11.6 inch 1920 x 1080 10 point touchscreen, dockable keypad, multi-touch trackpad, and a TrackPoint pointing device, the ThinkPad Helix is a formidable machine for the demanding user on the go. A variety of connectors let you connect to other devices and networks. It runs an Intel Core i5-3337U processor, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Battery life is quite good, at just short of five hours – coupled with the battery at the base of the keyboard, it gives you a whopping 7.5 hours of battery life. Of course, you shell out nearly $1,600 for the Helix, but it’s small price to pay for all these supercool features and fantastic flexibility. After all, you’re buying an ultrabook like no other!

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch

Another Lenovo in this review, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is a great business ultrabook. For a touch device, it’s really slim, compact and lightweight, thanks to its partly carbon fiber construction. The screen is a 14 inch 1,600 x 900 touchscreen; the backlit keyboard is excellent, and the two pointing devices: the glass touchpad and a TrackPoint pointing stick are unobtrusive but highly responsive and useful. The Touch runs Windows 8 Pro, and is powered by an Intel Core i5-3472U processor with 4GB RAM, 180GB SSD, and Intel HD Graphics 4000. Connectivity suffer due to its compactness – only two USB ports, one 2.0 and one 3.0 are provided, along with connectors for other devices. You also get a fingerprint scanner and TPM, and a host of preloaded applications. All this glory comes at a hefty price – nearly $1,860, but it’s worth every cent. Great investment for your business!

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