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Why Ultrabooks Are The Next Big Thing In Business [Intel]

Client Computing | Posted on November 16, 2012 by Lesley Morris

Intel first introduced the Ultrabook concept with the goal of working with major PC Vendors to create ultra-slim, ultra-powerful machines that could offer the convenience and portability of a tablet, yet still retain most of the functionalities of a traditional notebook. While the first generation of Ultrabooks were generally seen as better suited to personal use, some of the latest offerings from Intel’s partners are absolute powerhouses, with technical capabilities that rival many desktops.

This new generation of Ultrabooks provides ideal solutions for businesses that want to give employees the flexibility of a highly portable machine while still ensuring that they have the computing power needed to be effective in a business environment.

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What Makes it an Ultrabook?

Even with all the buzz around this new class of computer, a lot of people still  aren’t entirely clear what differentiates an Ultrabook from a run-of-the-mill notebook. To qualify a new product as an Ultrabook, vendors must follow a strict set of criteria developed by Intel. These criteria include things such as ultra-slim design, long battery life and the incorporation of tablet-like touchscreen features on Windows 8 models. Of course, the most defining characteristic of Ultrabooks is that they must be powered by high-efficiency Intel processors.

Power and Security From the Latest Intel Chips

Many of latest generations of Ultrabooks are being rolled out with Third Generation Intel Core vPro processors (aka Ivy Bridge), which offer embedded security features that make it easier for IT departments to incorporate Ultrabooks into secure business networks. Some of the built-in security capabilities offered by these powerful Intel chips include features that strengthen authentication and password protection, prevent attacks below the operating system and allow for greater speed and flexibility when responding to security threats by allowing access to vPro security capabilities in a pre-boot environment.

Which Ultrabook Solution is Right for My Business?

The latest generation of Ultrabooks clearly surpasses the functionality of tablets.  In fact, performance can match, even rival performance of a traditional enterprise-class notebook.  However, with so many Vendors to choose from, it can be daunting to select the product that is right for your business. Three of the major players worth checking out on the Ultrabook scene are HP, Dell and Lenovo. Each of these Vendors offer high-performance Ultrabook lines featuring Third Generation Intel Core Processors and some seriously impressive specs. For example, Dell’s XPS 12 offers  features such as touchscreen capability and solid state hard drives; Lenovo’s X-1 Carbon boasts durable carbon fibre construction, up to 8.2 hours battery life and embedded 3G connectivity; and HP’s EliteBook Folio 9740m is similarly well equipped with features such as optional solid state drives, optional 3G and 4G LTE connectivity, extra long battery life and ultra-slim design.

Register today to attend our upcoming webinar around how your business can benefit from the newest Ultrabooks! By attending you will have a chance to win an Ultrabook of your choice!  If you prefer, leave a comment or question in the section below and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

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