Re: Ultrabooks Game Just Changed
For me the promise of an Ultrabook has been realized for the last five years. I have had all day battery, adequate computing power and fast startup (under 30 sec), all on a 3 lb package with a 13.3" screen.
When I started searching for this combination several years ago, I was commuting by bus for 3 hrs each day so I needed to be productive. (the Busses here have wifi). I selected and have been using for the last five years an ASUS UL30A X5 with an 8 cell LION battery that realistically provided 10 hours per day computing. It has a Dual Core SU7300 and 4 GB RAM. Pretty weak by todays standards, but it has performed the function of an ultrabook admirably over the last 5 years.
I run MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and numerous other software without a hitch. As it aged, I replaced the 500 GB hard drive with a Samsung 120GB SSD and it boots in under 30 seconds to Win 7. If It supported SATAIII, it would boot in under 15 seconds. I also updated the Wi-Fi to a dual band card. That gave the performance a kick in the pants too. I have used this notebook heavily for the last 4.8 years. I did have to replace the keyboard ($18) and the Charger ($20), but I am still running on the original battery. It has been a great computer and I always feel a little sorry for the other folks that I see at the coffee shop searching for an electrical outlet. I usualy leave the charger at home, making it even more portable. It is so light the I hardly notice it in my backpack.
Now, sadly, my beloved UL30A is getting old and various parts are starting to fail due to heavy use. Also I really do need newer features such as Gig E-net, newer USB standards and wireless AC. The problem that I have is: what do I replace it with?
I am completely spoiled by having all day computing on a 3 lb patform and can never really go back to a 6 hour battery. Hopefully the new 4th Gen processors will make it possible to replaced my UL30A with a noteboook that has great battery life and also a powerful processor. Any suggestions?