Model: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook (59406940) Black
Note: This line of Lenovo comes in many similar models and prices. This review covers the IdeaPad Flex series. The review focuses on the ones which are worth the performance and money.
The screen resolution is one of the main differentiating factors of the series. Though the screen size is standard at 15.6”, there are two display resolutions – Full HD at 1920 x 1080 and HD at 1366 x 768. It is better to buy the ones with Full HD resolution and the cost difference between the Full HD models and just the HD models is about $50. A 15.6 inch display will have better real estate as well as sharper images. You will want the higher resolution for video and movie playbacks. READ MORE
Model: Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6190BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black Matte with Textured Finish)
The Dell 15 i15RV-6190BLK is a multi-featured laptop with 15.6 inch screen but costing less than $400. This new Dell laptop has a relatively basic configuration and hits the lower end spectrum of the laptop range.
Powered by dual core Intel 2117U processor, the laptop can handle most of the basic tasks with ease. This processor is a second generation mobile chip, a generation behind the current lineup (third generation of processors were released about eight months back). Tasks like word processing, Internet browsing and movie watching is handled efficiently, though high end gaming and video processing will be challenging. READ MORE
Model: Asus ViVoBook S500CA-DS51T 15.6-Inch Laptop ( Black )
The new VivoBook series from Asus combines the touch capabilities of a tablet with that of a traditional laptop with keyboards. You can now tap, pinch and swipe on the responsive screen, which is extremely useful with the new touch enabled Windows 8 operating system. The touch capabilities can be used with the keyboard and touchpad / mouse faster navigation.
The Asus S500 series is loaded with features. Its processor is of the latest (third) generation from Intel, with Core i5 which provides you with enough horsepower to use Photoshop, or play PC games. This Asus laptop comes installed with 6 GB memory, and 500 GB hard drive, which is a standard configuration at this price point. READ MORE
Model : Acer Aspire S3-391-6676 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Champagne)
When you are thinking about which Ultrabook to buy, Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook series is hard to beat. This 13.3 inch slim laptop weighs less than 3 pounds and is only about 0.7 inch thick, which makes is eligible to be called an Ultrabook. The screen itself has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is normal of a laptop of this size, unless you are buying a high end system or a MacBook.
It does not have a dedicated graphics card, but relies on inbuilt Intel graphics. You will be able to play some games (like World of Warcraft) , but if you are looking for a gaming laptop with high quality graphics, this laptop will struggle to give you a smooth gameplay.
At its heart, this Acer Ultrabook has a second generation Intel i3-2377M processor. Intel had released its third generation of processor last summer, so this chip is not the latest and greatest – hence the low price. Also this laptop has the i3 series of chips, which is again the lowest in the series. The other higher powered processors are i5 and i7. READ MORE