Which Ultrabook for 2013?
I am currently in the market for a new thin and light laptop; the things that everyone seems to be calling ultrabooks these days. Here’s what I’ve considered so far and the major good/bad points from my point of view.
- 2013 Macbook Air: Good: Fantastic hardware specs including Haswell and Intel HD 5000. I’ll get an educational discount. Bad: No touchscreen, I’m not interested in OS X. No tablet mode.
- Lenovo Yoga 11s. Good: Both a tablet and a laptop but it’s a laptop first and a tablet second. Bad: Only 3rd generation Intel. Weird to hold in laptop mode because your fingers are mashing the keyboard.
- Haswell based Dell XPS 12. Good:Haswell. Beautiful mechanism for switching between tablet/laptop. Bad: Only Intel HD 4400 graphics compared to the Air’s Intel HD 5000. I’ve heard that the connection between computer and screen is unencrypted WiDi. Possibly just FUD but its putting me off right now.
- Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus Good: Haswell. Amazing display resolution. Bad: Much higher resolution than the Macbook Air but with weaker GPU (Intel HD 4400)–that surely can’t be a good combination? No tablet mode. Win 8 doesn’t handle such high resolution screens well but should be fixed in 8.1.
- Samsung Ativ Q: Good: Haswell. Amazing display resolution. Tablet mode.Win 8+Android. Bad: No trackpad. Looks horrible in laptop mode–seems to be a tablet first and laptop second. Like the Book 9 plus, it has a relatively weak GPU (Intel HD 4400) to drive all those pixels.
I think that at the moment, what I want is the form factor and weight of the Dell XPS12 with the resolution of the Samsung and the hardware specs of the Air. I’m open to suggestions though.