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Choosing Between Intel’s Ultrabooks vs. Apple’s MacBook Air

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For those in the market for an ultra portable laptop, the names that come up again and again are the MacBook Air and the Ultrabook. While the MacBook Air is the single-most successful ultra portable laptop ever manufactured, the “Ultrabook” is neither a laptop manufacturer nor a model. Rather, it’s a trademarked term based on a set of specifications defined by Intel.

Unlike the MacBook Air, which is a single laptop model produced by Apple with 11.6” and 13.3” configurations, Ultrabooks are produced by most of the world’s major laptop manufacturers. This includes Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Samsung, Lenovo, Toshiba, Gigabyte, and others.

What Ultrabooks all share in common is that they must meet a set of minimum size and performance requirements set out by Intel. The current generation of Ultrabooks must meet the following minimum requirements:

Ivy Bridge micro-architecture Intel Core Models
.72” maximum thickness for 13.3” or smaller models
.84” maximum thickness for 14” or larger models.
At least 5 Hours of battery life
USB 3.0
Must use SSD for booting up or as the primary storage medium
Must resume from hibernation within 7 seconds
Minimum storage transfer rate of 80 MB/S
Must use Intel’s software/firmware suite (Management Engine 8.0+, Anti-Theft, Identity protection)
Thus far, the Ultrabooks have failed to meet Intel’s lofty sales projections , whereas the MacBook Air has been a hit ever since its release. However, the current generation of Ultrabook offerings are a significant improvement on the first generation of Ultrabooks released at the beginning of the year.

Have the Ultrabooks finally caught up to the MacBook Air in terms of performance? Below, we’ll see how the latest generation of Ultrabooks fare when compared to Apple’s iconic MacBook Air.

Pricing & Value

Whether you’re shopping on a limited budget, or you’re simply looking to get the most bang for your buck, the Ultrabook proves to be the better choice hands down when it comes to price.

While the cost of an Air has fallen dramatically since their initial releasein 2008, Ultrabooks such as the Dell Inspiron 14z can be found for as little as $599. On the other hand, the entry-level 11.6” MacBook Air starts at $999, and the 13.3” version starts at $1,199. While the base specifications of the Inspiron 14z can’t compare to the basic 11”Air (it lacks full SSD storage for starters), the price makes the Dell offering accessible to the wide range of buyers who are unwilling to shell out $999 in the name of portability.

When it comes to straight up value, the Ultrabook – free of the premium Apple pricing model – also proves to be the better choice. For example, the $850 13.3” Toshiba Portege Z935 boasts similar specifications to the MacBook Air $1,199 13.3” MacBook Air, despite costing 30% less.

Winner: Ultrabook

Portability

There was a time when the MacBook Air was marketed as the thinnest laptop in the world. The current iterations of the Air – at 2.38 lbs and 2.96 lbs for the 11.6” and 13.3” versions respectively – still offer tremendous performance in a sleek, lightweight package. But the true king of portability at the moment is the Gigabyte X11; with an all-carbon fibre body that brings its total weight to a mere 2.14 lbs.

Furthermore, the X11 is not the only Ultrabook that can boast greater portability than the Air; the 13.3” Toshiba Portege Z935 weighs in at 2.4 lbs, while the 11.6” Acer Aspire weighs in at 2.2 lbs.

Winner: Ultrabook

Display

A mere 6 months ago, the MacBook Air boasted the highest quality display of any ultra portable laptop in the market. However, Apple’s decision to leave its famous Retina display out of the 2012 Air lineup has allowed the newest generation of Ultrabooks to catch up to, and indeed surpass the Air.

The 11.6” 2012 MacBook Air possesses a 1366 x 768 resolution, while the 13.3” model carries a 1440 x 900 resolution. However, the top Ultrabooks now feature full HD resolutions; the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A/UX21A boasts a 1920 x 1080 resolution screen, as well as a brilliant IPS display.

Winner: Ultrabook

Graphics Performance

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 solution employed by the Air is fine for browsing, casual use, and even light gaming, but those who want reasonable gaming performance from their ultra portable will be looking for something a little more powerful. A growing number of Ultrabooks offer the Nvidia GT600M series GPUs – a much better choice for those who want respectable gaming performance without sacrificing compactness or portability.

Winner: Ultrabook

Selection

Apple currently offers an 11.6” and a 13.3” version of its MacBook Air. Each is available in a “lite” version or an upgraded version with more processing power and Ram. On the other hand, there are over a dozen 2nd generation Ultrabooks on the market, with more on the way.

In the Ultrabook market, you can find an ultra-portable laptop with a 15” display in the Samsung Series 9, budget options that offer standard harddrives rather than full SSD storage, additional port offerings, and advanced graphics cards. When it comes to selection, the Ultrabook line gives buyers flexibility that the MacBook Air simply cannot.

Winner: Ultrabook

Style

Although style is subjective, no Ultrabook has yet come close to capturing the cult appeal of the Air. Whether it’s the beautiful sleek, silver design, or simply an attachment to the Apple aesthetic, the MacBook Air continues to stand out when it comes to style While Ultrabook manufacturers have produced some pretty slick designs of their own lately, Apple’s MacBook Air continues to stand in a class of its own.

Winner: MacBook Air

Which Should You Choose?
If you love the sleek, minimalist design of the Air, are devoted to the Mac OS, or even if you’re just a shameless Apple fan – and you don’t mind paying a premium for the Apple brand – then the MacBook Air is a solid ultra portable that will likely put a smile on your face. But for those seeking the best bang for their buck, more options, or who are shopping with a limited budget, the current generation Ultrabooks are the clear winners in this showdown.

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Exclusive Promos, Coupon Codes, and Various other Coupons for Virgin Mobile
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www.Myibroke.com | Frequently Asked Questions

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This is our frequently asked questions page. If you have a specific question about what we do or an iPhone/iPad repair problem you have then you may been able to find it here
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Bigger, thicker, cheaper, plastic iPhone coming next year (rumor)

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New report says Apple is cooking up a 4.5-inch plastic iPhone that will cost far less than current models but won't ship till next year. Read this article by Josh Lowensohn on CNET News.
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iPhone 6 release date and price rumors update

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This year Apple going to unveil another edition to their iPhone series smartphone and it is expected to be iPhone 6. It is assumed iPhone 6 release date will be launched soon.
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iPad (4th generation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The fourth-generation iPad (marketed as iPad with Retina display, colloquially referred to as the iPad 4)[14][15] is a tablet computer produced and marketed by Apple Inc. The fourth-generation iPad features new and upgraded components such as the Apple A6X chip, and the Lightning connector, which was introduced on September 12, 2012. It ships with iOS 6.0, which provides a platform for audio-visual media, including electronic books, periodicals, films, music, computer games, presentations and web content.

It was announced at a media conference on October 23, 2012 as the fourth generation of the iPad line, succeeding the third-generation iPad, and was first released on November 2, 2012 in thirty-five countries. The device was released throughout December in ten other countries including China, India and Brazil. The third generation was discontinued following the fourth's announcement.[16]

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ED - Economy Decoded: Cheap Apple iPhone

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Tumblr Followup

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This is a follow up to Part I an Internet Marketers Guide to Tumblr Marketing that focuses on sitemaps and webmaster tools.
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Tumblr Followup

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Ku 2010 » iPad Backlight Repair Works Even After Water Damage Occurs

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Hanging tough with the Motorola Photon

For the past 6 months, I’ve been rocking the Motorola Photon on the Sprint NOW network – and loving every minute of it.  I’m not a phone guy, I’m not
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I bought the Motorola Photon after having a terrible bout with the HTC Evo – a monster of a phone that had an array of problems from its memory issues to the awkward screen size and shape.  I wanted something that would really help me work faster and more efficiently.  I wanted to be the person while taking a subway ride across town could tear out 5-10 emails, return my texts, and research the next big restaurant in town.  With previous phones I was lucky if I could figure out if I was using an app or changing my settings or at myhomescreen.

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iPad Water Damage Repair Service

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Book News: Apple CEO Ordered To Testify In E-Book Price Fixing Case : NPR

Book News: Apple CEO Ordered To Testify In E-Book Price Fixing Case : NPR | iPhones and Apple Tech | Scoop.it
Also: Advice on reading Vladimir Nabokov; fresh opportunities for Twitter poetry; and a new literary award.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote to testify in the Justice Department's antitrust case over alleged price fixing. Last year, the DOJ filed a lawsuit accusing Apple and five major publishers — Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan – of conspiring to fix e-book prices. The publishers all chose to settle. The trial is scheduled to start in June.When Middle C author William H. Gass was asked the question "What is something you always carry with you?" by The Daily Beast, he answered, "Grudges" in a rather crotchety interview Wednesday. Let's hope he doesn't read NPR contributor John Freeman's review of his latest book.Claire Vaye Watkins beat out Junot Diaz for the Story Prize on Wednesday. Watkins is the author of Battleborn, a short story collection — and the daughter of Paul Watkins, of Manson Family fame.In other prize news, the U.K.'s Folio Society will sponsor a literary awardworth 40,000 pounds that is expected to compete with the Booker Prize. But, unlike the Booker, this prize will be open to Americans.Alisa Sniderman, in an essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books,argues in favor of reading Vladimir Nabokov apolitically: "History does lurk in the wings of Nabokov's fiction, but he never gives it center stage." (Although he did once say, charmingly, in a Paris Review interview, "It is not improbable that had there been no revolution in Russia, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterology and never written any novels at all.")You can now enjamb your tweets.
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An anxious planet awaits Apple's iWatch or iWhatever

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Will it be the iWatch, iTV, iGlass, or the iWhatever -- the new waiting game has all eyes on CEO Tim Cook's next big move. Read this article by Dan Farber on CNET News.
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iPad Mini - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The iPad Mini (stylized and marketed as iPad mini) is a mini tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on October 23, 2012, as the fifth major product in the iPad line and the first to feature a reduced screen size of 7.9 inches, in contrast to the standard 9.7 inches. It features similar internal specifications as the iPad 2, including its display resolution.

It was released on November 2, 2012 in nearly all of Apple's markets.[3][4][5][6]

Speculation about the iPad Mini began as early as April 2012, as competition rose from 7" devices such as the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. Rumors initially suggested it would feature a 7.85" display at 1024 × 768 pixels. It was originally thought to be announced at the Apple Special Event on September 12.

The iPad Mini shipped with iOS 6.0.1.[citation needed] It can act as a hotspot with some carriers, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB,[10] and also access the App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS that is developed and maintained by Apple. The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple. From the App Store,GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) are available.[11]

The iPad Mini comes with several pre-installed applications, including Siri, Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts.[12] Like all iOS devices, the iPad can sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes, although iOS 5 and later can be managed and backed up with iCloud. Although the tablet is not designed to make telephone calls over a cellular network, users can use a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone and place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIPapplication, such as Skype.[13] The device has dictation, using the same voice recognition technology as the iPhone 4S. The user speaks and the iPad types what they say on the screen provided that the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.[10]

The device has an optional iBooks application, which displays books and other ePub-format content downloaded from the iBookstore.[14] Several major book publishers including Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have committed to publishing books for the device.[15] Despite being a direct competitor to both the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook,[16] both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble offer e-reader apps for the iPad.[17][18]

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Why Apple Can't Deny Google Maps On iPhone

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When Google submits its rewritten Google Maps app for iOS, Apple can't block it.
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Taking a closer look at the iPad Mini

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The iPad 4: A Closer Look

If you are thinking of splashing out on the iPad 4 (more commonly referred to as the iPad with retina display) and you just happen to hang on Apple’s every word, you’d probably believe without question the catchy strap-line of “It’s brilliant. In every sense of the word”. If you’re more the inquisitive type who wants to know a bit more about the fourth iteration of Apple’s arguably most famous gadget before parting with a minimum of $499 for the 16GB WiFi version, read on.

How much is it?

For everyone but the most devoted (and wealthiest) of Apple fans, that’s likely to be one of the very questions. We’ve already said that the most basic 16GB WiFi version comes in at $499 (for black or white models). At the upper end of the scale, for the 64GB WiFi and Cellular version, you’re looking at a hefty $829. Whether you opt for the cheapest or the dearest (or any of the multiple price points in between), you’ll get not only the iPad for your money, but also a Lightening to USB cable and a USB Power Adapter  You’ll also enjoy free engraving (handy if you’re buying as a gift or you just like your gadgets to be engraved with your nickname). The iPad ships with a one-year limited warranty and 90-day telephone support. You can purchase an extended warranty which is useful if you’re accident-prone or plan to share your iPad with your kids.

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Broken iPad Screen Repair Service

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We started off doing mainly iPhone repair, but found that we were a little more interested in fixing iPads. We have found some repair services that are in very high demand and they are all related to iPad screen repair gone .
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Finally building up iPhone 5 repair services

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You all well know by now that iPhone 5 usage is in full swing. The device is flying off of the shelves and is (as always with Apple products) being manufactured
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An Internet Marketers Guide to Tumblr Marketing

An Internet Marketers Guide to Tumblr Marketing | iPhones and Apple Tech | Scoop.it
Tumblr marketing has been bastardized by many SEO's and internet marketers, this guide will help you master Tumblr from every angle.
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An Internet Marketers Guide to Tumblr Marketing

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Tumblr marketing has been bastardized by many SEO's and internet marketers, this guide will help you master Tumblr from every angle.
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What Reasons Can iPhone and iPad Repair Needs Work For? | Revolucion The Film

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These Delray Beach Movers Saved US

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Packonthego really helped us out last month when moving our office from Delray Beach to Lake Park!
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