First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Top rated Ultrabooks: February 2012
- — 05 March, 2012 14:23
Not much has changed since last month in our listings, but we did get our first hands-on session with the HP Spectre, which is a 14in premium Ultrabook available in either Core i5 or Core i7 configurations. It's the first laptop on the market to come with scratch-resistant glass on its panels and HP claims that this material will set the company up for future innovations. Whether that includes double-sided screens or touchscreen functionality, the company spokespeople would not say. We're looking forward to reviewing the Spectre soon.
Toshiba and HP still offer the best all-round Ultrabook models at the moment, with ASUS and Acer lagging a little due to some poor design choices, such as inferior input devices and a lack of built-in ports.
Acer recently released a Core i3-based Ultrabook, which is the first model to be offered for under $1000, a magical price point for these devices that should find mass appeal.
Dell won't be releasing its XPS 13 until March, but it's a very well built unit (the first Ultrabook with Gorilla Glass) that will definitely stand out in this market. Like the Toshiba Satellite Z830 and HP Folio 13, the Dell XPS 13 will be pitched at business users as well as regular consumers.
Lenovo has not made an announcement yet as to when its IdeaPad U300s will be available in Australia.