Buying a new laptop can be a confusing, time-consuming and scary process for first timers. There is no one-size-fits-all laptop, and though your budget may be tight, it is not the over-riding factor. There are important questions to ask before investing in one, like, what kind of user are you, how often will you be traveling with it, the kind of applications yo will be using, do you plan to use it after connecting it to another desktop etc.
Laptops are generally categorized in accordance of size first, and then function. By size, we refer to the physical dimensions, weight and screen size. Starting with these points, prospective buyers can narrow down their search based on their specific functional requirements.
Laptops are available in different categories: Mid-size, Big-screen, Light, Gaming, Net-books and Business. The first three stands for size, Gaming and Business are for functionality, and Net-books are for both. While buying a lightweight laptop, a category to which valid terms like “ultraportable”, “ultrabook” and “thin-and-light” are related, there are certain things to keep in mind as enlisted below.
Lightweight laptops are those that can be easily traveled with. Generally, ultraportable laptops are those that have screens with dimensions ranging between 11.6 to 13.3 inches. Moreover, they do not weigh more than four pounds. Ultrabooks are subsets of ultraportables, and have their own set of specifications. Ultrabooks have built-in battery system, low voltage-processor, and also lacks a DVD drive. If you want to buy something light, then you can choose between ultraportables and ultrabooks depending on your specific functional requirements.
Ultraportables come with standard processors, and hence are better at multi-tasking, crunching media files, and opening multiple tabs at the same time. Also, they do not have in-built batteries, which means that users can always purchase another one as a back up. The battery life is generally four hours, almost an hour more than ultrabooks.
Ultraportables are best for frequent travelers who use their laptops for long hours with the battery being unplugged.