Desktops and Notebooks: Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer Offer Ultrabooks for Businesses
Ultrabooks, high-performance notebooks powered by next-generation Intel chips, are a major target for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, which saw its beta format release at Mobile World Congress in February. These sleek laptops made a splash at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and could revitalize a struggling notebook market that has seen sales cannibalized by the success of tablet computers. Ultrabooks are the less expensive Windows version of Apple's MacBook Air, which uses flash storage and boots up in 10 seconds or less. Typically priced between $700 and $1,200 apiece, Ultrabooks weigh between 3 and 5 pounds and have drawn the attention of manufacturers like Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus and Dell. For cost-conscious businesses, these notebooks offer the portability of tablets and slim notebooks with added power and performance features. Enhanced security features, long-lasting battery life and productivity applications have sweetened the deal for companies looking to deploy versatile mobile computing devices without busting budgets.