1. Acer Aspire S7
The new 2014 version of the striking Aspire S7 is a wonder of design and premium specifications, with a strong aluminium and Gorilla Glass 2 frame, snappy keyboard (with fancy electroluminescent lighting) and an incredible-looking touch 13.3-inch QHD (that’s 2,560 x 1,440) display just waiting for Ultra HD content to become available to watch on the move. At just 12.9mm thick, it’s the thinnest Ultrabook on the market, while the dual-torque hinge enables you to fold it flat. The whole thing is rounded off by an impressive spec sheet that includes Core i5 or i7 processors and up to 8GB of RAM.
2. Sony Vaio Duo 13
The Vaio Duo is so called because it has a little trick up its sleeve – it’s a hybrid Ultrabook with a keyboard that slides under the screen so you can use it as a tablet. It’s an alternative to the 360-degree hinge of an Ultrabook like the Lenovo Yoga. When it first appeared on the scene, it was borderline as to whether we could recommend it because of the price. Now that the price has dropped, it’s a far better buy, while the hardware is terrific. It’s a supreme portable device for those who need to present or demo while on the move but who also need the power and reliability of a traditional clamshell laptop.
3. Samsung Series 7 Ultra
This mid-range Ultrabook (some would say it’s low-end in the Ultrabook world) hits a terrific price point. The Intel Core i5-powered unit also has a lovely little trick up its sleeve, with a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 8500M graphics chip. This is a laptop with some real graphic clout, and the Full HD display is driven with ease. It is a little heavier than almost all of its rivals here at 1.6kg but, hey, you need to spend a whack more to shed some of those grams. The best thing about the Series 7 Ultra though? You still get the Ultrabook look and great performance for a price that won’t get you restrained by your bank manager.
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