The world of laptops has had a very disruptive series of events over the last few years. There’s the whole netbook craze, which evolved into a tablet movement, and meanwhile, on the high-end, the MacBook Air line remains the gold standard for a lightweight, but powerful computer. Hence why Intel and Toshiba rolled out a trifecta of Ultrabooks today; lightweight computers for everyone’s needs!
First up, the U845W for $999.99:
Satellite U845W: The World’s First Ultrabook with an Ultra-Wide 21:9 Cinematic Display
The entertainment-optimized Satellite U845W offers premium features and design in an ultra-slim form factor. Designed with movie enthusiasts and productivity power users in mind, the Satellite U845W is the first Ultrabook of its kind to feature a 14.4-inch diagonal ultrawide-HD TruBrite™ display[ii] with a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio. This display is ideally suited for movie buffs looking to enjoy 2.35:1 movies in their original format – without black bars commonly seen on most laptop displays. The distinctive display is also ideal for multitasking, providing more space for better split-screen viewing of Office apps, streaming video, social networking, browsing and IM. To make it easy for consumers to utilize the extra display space, the new Toshiba Split Screen Utility offers pre-configured and custom viewpoint grids, supporting multiple windows on the display.
The Satellite U845W is thin and light, yet sturdy and elegant. Precisely constructed of machined aluminum with luxurious soft-touch trim, the Satellite U845W delivers sophisticated styling, while a lightweight design and less-than-an-inch profile make it comfortable to carry. An LED backlit raised tile keyboard and ClickPad on the inside round out the refined design.
Equipped with harman/kardon® stereo speakers and SRS Premium Sound 3D™, the Satellite U845W complements the cinematic screen experience with rich audio quality.
- 3rd generation Intel Core processor
- 14.4-inch diagonal ultrawide-HD TruBrite™ display with 1792 x 768 resolution
- 500GB hard drive[iii] with 32GB solid state drive or 256GB solid state drive[iv] options
- Up to 8GB DDR3 memory[v]
- 3x USB 3.0 ports, plus USB Sleep & Charge[vi]
- Toshiba Sleep & Music[vii]
- 1 HDMI® port, Ethernet port and Memory card slot
- Starting at 3.5 lbs., depending on configuration[viii]
- 0.82 inches thin
If that’s too flashy for you, there’s the U845 for $799.99, a more basic Ultrabook:
Satellite U845: An Affordably-priced Everyday Ultrabook
An Ultrabook designed for everyday productivity and entertainment, the Satellite U845 delivers an ideal mix of portability, features and performance – at a more affordable price, starting at $749.99 MSRP[ix]. With a thin and light design, the Satellite U845 stands at under an inch thin, weighs four pounds7 and is constructed of durable aluminum in Ice Blue.
Featuring a 14-inch diagonal HD TruBrite display2, the Satellite U845 delivers more room to work and play, plus a generous 500GB hard drive with Flash Memory technology3, giving it a speed boost over standard hard drives. The Satellite U845 also includes stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound 3D, an HD webcam and an optional LED backlit keyboard.
- 3rd generation Intel Core processor
- 14-inch diagonal HD TruBrite display with 1366 x768 resolution
- 500GB hard drive with 16GB or 32GB solid state drive4
- Up to 6GB DDR3 memory5
- 1 USB 3.0 port with USB Sleep & Charge6 and 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 HDMI port, Ethernet port and Memory Card Slot
And if you just want portable and light above all else, Toshiba has the Portege Z935 for $899.99:
Portégé Z935: Still the World’s Lightest 13.3-inch Ultrabook
The next generation of Toshiba’s pioneering Ultrabook now supports new 3rd generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors1. Designed for supreme portability and durability, the Portégé Z935 provides the performance needed for work and play, while featuring a slim 0.63-inch (15.9 mm) profile and weighing less than 2.5 pounds7. Offering essential features with visibly smart style, the Portégé Z935 includes a full complement of ports for easy connectivity to other devices, plus long battery life rating of 8 hours. Equipped with a solid state drive, the Portégé Z935 delivers an extremely responsive experience. The Portégé Z935 is built with a light, yet durable magnesium alloy casing reinforced with a Honeycomb Rib design that provides shock absorption and increased rigidity.
MacBook Airs may dominate the thin and light conversation, but this lineup gives consumers several great options on the Windows side! Do any of these catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!