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Intel Ultrabook

You may have noticed  a new laptop being advertised around town lately – the Intel Ultrabook. What struck me about the photo of the Ultrabook on the bus shelter was how much it looked like a MacBook Air. That is, metal casing and very thin.

When you examine the tech specs of one of the Samsung Ultrabooks, the Samsung NP900X, the weight comes in at 1 kg compared to 1.08 kg for the MacBook Air 11 inch. The width of the Samsung at most is 16.2 mm. That of the Apple is 17 mm. So, yes, Samsung can claim to be selling the thinnest and lightest laptop on the market, but the comparisons with MacBooks are hard to avoid.

Nevertheless, there are some good features in the Ultrabooks that deserve mentioning.

Intel Identity Protection Technology (ITP) links the laptop to your login details used for a set list of web sites. The web sites are only accessible if logged on from your laptop. which may prompt the question: what do you have to do to log into those same websites from another computer or device?

Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)1 helps protect your personal information by locking down your lost or stolen Ultrabook™ or device—either automatically or by sending a lock command over the Internet.

Once it’s locked down, your device will not boot up and the locked screen will display your custom recovery message. Intel® AT works even without Internet access, and unlike many other solutions, is hardware-based, so it’s tamper-resistant. Moreover, if your stolen computer is recovered, it can be easily reactivated without harm to your data and digital content.

Price wise the Ultrabooks range in price from $798 (Acer) to $1980 (Toshiba Portege).