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Ultraportable Laptops explained

Dell Vostro ultraportableUltraportable laptops are the future of computing, or at least the future of portable computing/travel computing.

They are getting smaller and lighter/thinner. Thin and light laptops used to be very expensive, but not anymore.

Some of the most important things to consider when purchasing an ultraportable are weight and battery life.

I know these were important to me when I bought my first ultraportable laptop. Even a 100 or 200 grams can make a difference when it comes to a laptop. A preferable laptop would be one that weighs no more than 1.5 kg. Quite often the lighter the laptop the more expensive it is.

When it comes to battery life, a lot depends on how you use your laptop, whether it’s browsing the internet or watching films or playing games.

Most ultraportable laptops are smaller laptops with smaller screens (usually up to 14 inch) and their resolution is usually 1366 x 768, which is great for internet use and even watching HD films (720p). If you work at home, you probably would want an external monitor (I have a 19 inch Full HD monitor that I use in my office at home).

Almost all laptops nowadays come with 4GB of RAM memory as standard, which is more than enough for standard tasks. Replacing or adding more memory is easy with most laptops, however some ultraportable laptops may have “fixed” memory so you won’t be able to upgrade your memory, so choose wisely how much memory you need before you buy.

Dell Vostro ultraportable

Ultraportable laptops (at least some of them) use low-voltage processors like low-voltage versions of Intel i3 or i5 processors, so that they use less power. However, they offer a lot of performance, almost as much as their “big brothers” counterparts, so you should be able to easily process sounds and videos.

Most ultraportable laptops don’t use dedicated graphics cards, instead they use Intel’s HD GPU built into the processor. They’re less powerful than dedicated graphics cards and they use shared memory from your RAM, so they may struggle with 3D games. But, you wouldn’t be buying an ultraportable laptop to play 3D games, would you? Because they’re less powerful, they use less power and the battery lasts longer.

Ultraportable laptops don’t use traditional hard disks, instead they use Solid State Drives (SSDs), which are much faster, quitter (no moving parts) and use less power to operate. This comes at a price, SSDs are more expensive than traditional HDDs. Most ultraportable laptops come with 128GB SSDs, but you can upgrade your memory to 240 or 256GB when purchasing a laptop.

Are they worthy all the expense? Oh yes. I love my ultraportable laptop and I can easily do a lot of work with images and videos without sacrificing the performance as mine uses an Intel i5 processor and I have 8GB of RAM.

Any questions, let me know. I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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