The Ultimate Ultrabooks

See our comparative look at the slimmest, sleekest new laptops.

February 24, 2012

Sleek, curved designs. An arresting use of midnight-black glass. Shock-absorbent magnesium alloy. These are the premium features that define the new breed of slim Ultrabooks—notebooks and laptops with Intel processors, solid-state drives (SSD) instead of hard drives, minimal size and weight, and extra-long battery life. Ultrabooks, a category of computer inspired by the sliver-thin MacBook Air, were the unexpected stars at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Here, we highlight seven of the best new releases on the market.

HP Envy Spectre

The use of scratch-resistant black glass in the highly stylized Spectre has garnered a lot of attention from rabid fans and press. Also getting attention: the backlit keyboard that uses individual LEDs for each keycap, Adobe Photoshop and Premier Elements, and a built-in NFC (near-field communication) chip, which allows you to transfer websites you're viewing on your phone to your laptop, making it easy to finish reading an article or finalize a purchase. Weighing in at 3.79 pounds, this is heavier than some of its competitors, but it's packed to the gills with the highest-end features: 14-inch 1600 x 900 resolution display, a 256GB SSD ($300 extra), and a nine-hour battery life.

Price: $1,400
Available: starting in March

Photographs courtesy of each manufacturer.
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