Just how ULTRA are some of those Ultrabooks?
Posted by By Jon Peddie, Robert Dow, and Harrison Grovy on September 26th 2012 | Discuss
We apply an arbitrary Ultra Factor
At IDF we saw some delightful Ultrabooks. There are many now—over two dozen to choose from and more on their way. However, there are some differences in them and a value proposition.
From our my pixel-oriented POV, we looked at what you’d get in performance, screen, resolution, price, and weight and created the Ultra factor where:
- UF = Ultra Factor
- R = resolution—pixels
- S = screen size—inches
- P = processor I class (3,5,7)
- $ = price—dollars
- W = weight—pounds
- K = coefficient—0.001
We then surveyed 19 Ultrabooks and generated the table on the previous page.
On the basis of this evaluation, the Asus Zenbook is the clear winner. And—this makes no compensation for GPU. Now, in the next story, you will see that the dGPU in the Zenbook contributes nothing to the performance of the machine and is easily beaten by an A9 Trinity. But since the Trinity laptop we have isn’t an Ultrabook, and we don’t have samples of all the others, we can’t run benchmarks on them—but for the machines we have, the results are shown below.
|Asus Zenbook Prime||13.3||1920||1080||i7||3.1||$780||80|
|Acer Aspire S5||13.3||1366||768||i7||2.6||$825||46|
|Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52||13.3||1600||900||i5||2.9||$1,005||33|
|HP ENVY Spectre XT Ultrabook 13t-2000||13.3||1366||768||i7||3.0||$999||33|
|Dell Inspiron 14z||14||1366||768||i5||4.1||$600||30|
|Sony VAIO T Series Ultrabook||13.3||1366||768||i7||3.5||$969||28|
|Toshiba Portégé Z830 Series||13.3||1366||768||i7||2.5||$1,429||28|
|Dell XPS 14||14||1600||900||i7||4.7||$1,100||27|
|Lenovo IdeaPad U310||13.3||1366||768||i5||3.7||$700||27|
|Sony VAIO T Series Ultrabook||13.3||1366||768||i5||3.5||$739||27|
|Toshiba Satellite U845W-S410||14.4||1792||768||i5||3.7||$999||27|
|Toshiba Portege Z930-BT9300 Ultrabook||13.3||1366||768||i5||2.5||$1,150||25|
|Dell XPS 13||13.3||1366||768||i7||3||$1,429||23|
|HP Envy Ultrabook 4-1030us||14||1366||768||i5||3.9||$830||23|
|Samsung Series 9 NP900||15||1600||900||i7||3.6||$1,800||23|
|Toshiba Satellite U845-S406||14||1366||768||i5||3.7||$850||23|
|Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5||15.6||1366||768||i5||4.5||$829||22|
|Fujitsu Lifebook UH572||13.3||1366||768||i5||3.5||$999||20|
What do we think?
A 13-inch screen is a joke, slightly larger than a tablet. And 1366 x 768—jeez—let’s go back to 1987 and enjoy XGA all over again. Is this really the best the industry can do? If a 13-inch screen with 786 lines (and may we point out that the Apple iPad has 2048 x 1536 resolution) is all the PC industry can deliver, then it deserves to get eaten alive by tablets because not only has it failed the consumer—it has insulted the consumer.—J.P