The Perfect Laptop – Ultrabook with 16GB and an i7

Ultrabook – A higher-end type of subnotebook, defined by Intel, designed to reduce size and bulk without compromising performance and battery life. Should maintain a 7 second resume from hibernation, have a minimum battery life of 5 hours, contain SSD boot drives, have 80 MB/s transfer rate to storage (HD), and have a height no larger than the following:

18 mm for 13.3″ displays
21 mm for 14.0″ displays
23 mm for convertible displays

The perfect laptop.

I think you will agree when the size of a laptop, is now very important to us. The days of 10 lbs sitting on your lap, creating constant streams of heat, are over. We should rename these machines to Portable Desktops and then rename Ultrabooks to Laptops, because they are actually practically going to sit in your lap, comfortably.

Do not be fooled though. There are several so-called “Ultrabooks” that do not meet the specification created by Intel.

After selling 4 laptops, I found myself with a little extra cash, which means I am looking to do one more transaction. Sell my current bulky 17 inch Dell Studio laptop and switch it up to a new and fast Ultrabook that has actual power! My ideal Ultrabook would be one that is 14 – 15 inches, has an i7, and is loaded with 16GB. Is that too much to ask for?

I did a lot of research and it looks like if I want to dip into the 16GB realm, I may find myself outside of the Ultrabook specification.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
This meaty bit of a machine packs a punch and is very slimmed down from the classic “corporate” style that all the other ThinkPad’s have. Boy these things are ugly, but sometimes ugly is what you need. If you are looking for something with 32GB RAM, 500GB SSD, look across the ThinkPad line and they will surely have something to offer you. Real performance kickers. So far all I have been able to find are 8 GB variants, although these are very nice machines.

Samsung Series 7
A Samsung CES Report has mentioned that the Samsung Series 7 will soon be expandable to 16GB for their 15 inch and even with their 13.3 inch Ultrabook style. When this comes out is the real question. It might be worth waiting for. Also reported to have battery life up to 11 hours. They have been on sale in Singapore since March 25th of this year.

Samsung Series 9
I passed by this Series 9 in a Staple’s and it is extremely nice. Size is all important and the Series 9 is entirely focused on providing the thinnest, lightest, and all SSD oriented ultrabooks. Go to a local store and check one out, you will see what the awe is all about.

ASUS Zenbook
And then there is the Zenbook. While many copy the look and appearance of the MacBook Pro, the Zenbook copies and replicates the MacBook Air, except it stuffs an i7 Quad core with 8GB of RAM. Also full HD, with two SSD’s, giving you 512GB of storage. It’s a little sucker, with a huge punch. It’s even got versions with a 15.6 inch screen.

Gigabyte U2442N
And then I find the Gigabyte. Wow, do I ever have serious questions of purchasing from these guys. But with 16GB of RAM and a 21mm height, they barely meet the specifications of an Ultrabook. Blehh, and after the video, no way!

Well, the search continues. I may just end up waiting for that Refreshed 16GB 13.3 inch Samsung Series 7 with an i7. The Perfect Laptop.

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6 Responses to The Perfect Laptop – Ultrabook with 16GB and an i7

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  2. Tim says:

    I know this is a few months old now, but did you know the original Series 9 (like the 900X3A models) can take 16GB of RAM, and are still at 13″ Ultrabook? Most other models have the RAM soldered onto the mobo, which just stinks! The 900X3A’s are great machines (I have one with the upgraded RAM) and I am about to upgrade the drive (mSATA) to a 256GB Plextor (it may even take the new 480GB drives!).

    The only problem with it is the known issue with WiFi, however I use it 99% of the time with Ethernet. Oh, and the USB3 is fast enough to run an operating off in Hyper-V.

  3. George says:

    Why is on earth are the screens so small. Who in their right mind can think 13.3″ is sufficient for a folding laptop. The designers are idiots. Also, a numeric key pad is very useful. These designs are bad. Even Samsung is following this foolishness instead of simply improving the Chronos Series 7.

    I suspect pretty soon they will be complaining about declining sales and flooded markets and all that. They will ignore the fact that their product design while effectively optimizing the use of efficient production levels for the various parts (13.3″ screens), are a nuisance to use.

    They still don’t get Steve Jobs approach.

    My $0.02

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  5. Kenny says:

    I’ve been using a 13.3″ MacBook Air for almost 3 years now and I love it!! 13.3″ is more-than-enough screen real estate unless you want to play games, edit multimedia or use other highly-graphics-intensive applications. I’m a programmer so for me (or practically any office-type user) a 13.3″ ultrabook is the way to go…so light and portable yet incredibly power-efficient and powerful! I only came to this article because I need 16GB RAM for the SharePoint server my boss has just asked me to install…and THAT is the major area (IMHO) where ultrabooks fail. I’ll check out that Samsung Series 7 since this article is 2 years old now, but I don’t like my chances of finding anything with as much RAM and power as I need :-(

  6. rags says:

    I want a 11″-13″ screen laptop with i7 proc, 16 GB RAM and 1+ TB SSD.

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