There are a lot of netbooks on the market today, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes, from the small screened, compact models to the new range of ‘Ultrabooks’, which are incredibly light and wafer thin.
The Asus Zenbook 3, for example, is an ultra-thin laptop that features an Intel Core i7 processor, but has an amazingly lightweight design.
Ultrabooks have come an incredibly long way since they were first brought to the market, and they’re all so thin and light that it’s hard to really highlight one as vastly better than the other. Look at the HP Spectre 13, for example, if you’re in the market for a ‘barely there’ model. Or, Microsoft’s Surface Book – somewhere between a tablet and a laptop with plenty of horsepower in a tiny machine.
Dell’s new XPS 13 is a 13.3 inch ultrabook, screen-wise, but the footprint remains tiny compared to other machines with similar screen size, because there’s no bezel. The machine has good battery life and plenty of processing power, and it’s very light.
If you like metal more than plastic, and are in the market for a cheaper device, take a look at the ZenBook UX305 – a sub $700 machine with enough battery power to last seven hours.
If you want Windows 10, then the Surface Book is the thinnest machine that you can get – and it’s also really powerful too, with an Intel Skylake Processor and its own Nvidia GPU, it is far more powerful than you would expect out of a laptop.
If you can’t afford the Surface Book (it certainly is a rather expensive machine), then the Yoga 900 is still a respectable machine, and at a lower price point these days, since it’s an older machine. it’s still small and light, and it’s quite stylish.
Machines are getting thinner and more powerful, and there are so many machines to choose from, it’s hard to single one out over the other. Even if you get something like the Latitude 13, which is an Intel Core M based machine (so not as fast as the Skylake-powered machines), you can still bank on decent battery life and good (if not stellar) performance. Now is a good time to invest in a new Windows powered netbook or an ultrabook for yourself.