Top 5 best first generation ultrabooks in India

In this article, we are going to discuss the Top 5 best first generation ultrabooks available in the Indian market. This article will give you an insight of best ultrabooks along with their technical specifications, features, merits and demerits and their prices.

1.Acer Aspire s3

An Acer Aspire s3 is first generation ultrabook fashioned with a slim, sleek and attractive design. Unlike toshiba's z835 it has a large storage capacity which consists of 320GB of HDD and 20GB of solid state drive. Acer Aspire s3 is powered by intel's core i5 1.6 GHZ processor. Aspire s3 also comes with core i7 and i3 and a 4GB DDR3 memory power. Aspire s3 comes with a chicklet style keyboard combined with a multi-touch trackpad.The device has a plastic exterior and one can find plastic even on the keyboard which makes it quite uncomfortable for typing.

The left and the right clicks are not seperated, instead they are integrated with the trackpad itself and is elegant in its design but offers a very little size. The battery backup is quite strong and promises to run as long as 7 hours. These combinations makes it an exiting prospect. The acer aspire s3 comes with a 13.3 inch LED (1366x768) backlit LCD TFT display. Though it has a average display, viewing HD videos and movies is a good experience. Still due to poor resolution, high quality viewing angles are largly restricted. Compared to other ultrabooks this one weighs a touch higher with 2.93 pounds but is not a major concern. The price tag for an Aspire s3 ranges between $798-$1159, but is cheaper if you buy it online. As far as performance is concerned, its undoubtly one of the top class performer. The device boasts of a Dolby Home Theatre v4 under its belt but at high frequencies the distortion levels are enormous.
Acer Aspire

Merits of Acer Aspire s3 are

1. It comes with Elegant trackpad
2. Baterry backup is quite good
3. High quality performance
4. Sleek and thin design
5. Cheapest ultrabook

Demerits of Acer Aspire s3 are

1. Average display
2. Less number of inputs
3. Keyboard is slightly stiff
4. No USB 3.0

Some other specifications are

Windows 7 Home Premium
Magnesium alloy body chassis
12.6" width, 8.5" depth, 0.7" height
Intel HD graphics with 128 MB memory
Blutooth 4.0
Wireless LAN 802.11n
2 USB ports, HDMI out
1.3Mp Webcam
SD card reader

Rating:Given its valuable performance and design with strong battery backup its definitely a good value for your money. For them who spend long hours and who require fair and nice speed, its a best choice.

2.Toshiba z835

Toshiba z835 is another breed of first generation ultrabooks. All the ultrabooks which are hitting the markets have feirce competition with respect to their size, light weight and thin design and toshiba z835 promises to have all these features in its kitty. It weighs around 2.4 pounds and is considerably light when compared with Acer Aspire s3. Its ultra-slim feature makes it attractive but its the keyboard which should deserve a lot of applause. The plastic made backlit keyboard features chicklet styler keys. They are well seperated and large without much of a movement. Typing with these keys is easier and fast as against Acer Aspire s3, but due to unresponsive keys, error rate might be higher.The multi-trackpad though offers a smaller size, is comfortable to glide over the desktop for the user.

The trackpad is responsive, offering two discrete buttons below it. Toshiba Portege is the lightest 13.3" ultrabook consisting of a 1.4 Ghz core i3-2637M processor which is a Sandy Bridge hardware , 4Gb of RAM and a 128GB mSATA SSD that writes files like a hard drive. Its read and write speeds are not particularly fast providing a max 180MB/s reads and 70MB/sec on writes. Due to High Speed start technology the device boots in just 21 seconds which holds good against the Aspire s3. The 8 cell battery lasted for solid 6 hours 30 min on laptop battery test. The device at $899 is arguably a good option under $1000. With 128GB of SSD its not as fast as others in the compitition, but still it gives a respectable performance when compared to a laptop with spinning hard drive.

Toshiba z835

Merits of Toshiba z835 are

1. Accurate touchpad
2. Good battery life
3. Backlit keyboard
4. Fast boot time
5. Plenty of ports including USB 3.0
6. Lightest ultrabook
7. Comfortable typing

Demerits of Toshiba z835 are

1. Absence of Bluetooth
2. Slow write and read speeds of SDD
3. Keys are stiff and shallow
4. Dull 1366x728 screen

Some other specifications are

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
Intel HD 3000 Graphics
VGA and HDMI3 USB ports
13.3" display with 1366x768 resolution
SD card reader
Gigabit Ethernet port
USB 3.0
single 3.0Mp webcam
Backlit keyboard
3.6"width, 1.8"height, 1.0"depth

Rating Its the best ultra book under $1000 combined with a accurate trackpad, good battery life, light weight and full size ports. Good option for those who spend long hours in typing. Its a fantastic product for students and one who aims for light weight notebook with full sized ports and style.

3.Lenovo Ideapad U300s

Lenovo is all set to play its role in the ultrabook race by unveiling its model, Ideapad U300s. The Lenovo Ideapad considered as a buisness ultrabook, is sharp, ultra-slim, ultra-portable and long lasting. Crafted with a single aluminium piece, the exterior is available in grafite grey or orange. The Lenovo U300s starts with the 1.6Ghz core i5-2457M processor. It is also configured with a 1.8Ghz intel core i7-2677M processor, 4GB RAM, plus 256GB of SDD(rapid drive technology) which registered a max read speeds of 250MB/s whereas the write speeds topped at around 200MB/s. This system is one of the fastest in the ultrabook league. The PCMark Vantage score of 9939 speaks volumes about its performance and is regarded as a class performer next only to Zen UX31.

The battery life is also a plus which lasts for more than 6 hours with web surfing via Wi-Fi. The U300s is also equiped with rapid charge technology which charges 50 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. The keyboard here is no different from the one's we have seen in our previous segments. They are the same chicklet style keys but somewhat flat caps and well spaced up and sturdy. The big minus is the absence of a backlit keyboard which would have been great. The trackpad comes with a large gass synaptics clickpad with integrated buttons with special touchpad gestures. Its an excellent touchpad amongst all the other ultrabooks in recent times. The main feature is its BIOS embedded anti-theft protection.
Lenovo ideapad U300s
Price : Rs.67,900.

Merits of Lenovo ideapad U300s are

1. Good read and write speeds
2. Excellent Multi-touch gesture enabled glass trackpad
3. Excellent build Quality
4. Superb performance
5. Responsive keyboard

Demerits of Lenovo ideapad U300s are

1. No ethernet
2. No SDSC card slot
3. No backlit keyboard

Some other specifications with which Lenovo Ideapad U300s come with:

Guneine Windows 7 Professional.
Weight 2.9 pounds.
Intel GMA 3000 graphics.
13.3" backlit display with 1366x768 pixels resolution.
1.3Mp webcam (720p HD support)
Integrated blutooth with high speed 802.11n Wi-Fi.
One USB 3 and USB 2 ports respectively.
HDMI video interface.
12.7" x 8.5" x 0.7"(W x D x H)

RatingThe Lenovo ideapad is one of the fast ultrabooks available in the market presently, faster than toshiba z835. It gives a top class performance with its rapid drive technology. Its expensive as against Acer and Toshiba but given its solidity, performance and a fantastic keyboard+trackpad combo makes it worth a buy.

4.Asus Zenbooks:Costliest Ultrabook

The Asus Zenbooks, which are impossibly thin and light weight is the best rival for MacBook Air. It is designed increadibly and many would say that its design is simply a zerox copy of MacBook Air, but that's not a negative point. Asus Zenbooks are entirely built out of aluminium with a gorgeous looking metal finish and nearly resembles MacBook. The Zenbook UX31 is powered by a 1.8Ghz core i7-2677M processor which can be boosted to 2.9Ghz with intel's 2.0 Turbo Boost technology, 4GB RAM and 256GB of SSD. In stark comparison with other ultrabooks such as Acer Aspire s3, Toshiba's z835, Lenovo Ideapad U300s this 13.3 inch display, features a higher resolution of 1600x900 px. As was the case with other ultrabooks, it also has a chicklet layout and the brushed aluminium keys are really pleasing to the eye, but does not have a backlit keyboard. Typing here is a bit tedius work as the keystrokes do not get registered easily.

The touchpad at times, registers a left click as a right click and it often feels that we don't have total control over the cursor. Scrolling down the web pages is touch frustrating act and also marking something to cut+paste is a bother. The battery does last for 6-odd hours while browsing the net, playing videos and songs. Asus Zenbooks performance is unmatched and even beats the Air's performance. The device boots up in just 16 seconds, faster than any other ultrabook.
Price: Rs.89,999

Merits of Asus Zenbooks are

1. Instant boot up and resume time
2. Attractive design
3. Decent battery
4. Highest resolution display
4. Excellent audio and build quality

Demerits of Asus Zenbooks are

1. Unresponsive keys and touchpad
2. Offers smaller storage capacity
3. No backlit keyboard
4. Mini HDMI port instead of full size
5. High cost

Some other specifications are

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
Blutooth 4.0
Weighs 2.87 lbs
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
SD card reader
0.3MP webcam
USb 3.0

Rating:The weakest points are its keyboard and touch pad, so those having lot of typing work, better stay away from this. But excellent audio and build quality combined with a design very similar to Mac Air, does compensates for its demerits. Its price is major issue.

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