These words were first heard at a major computer exhibition “Computex” from the representatives of Intel. The tasks and criteria that were set before the ultrabooks had been stated clearly. To help you imagine what it is all about, we will remind you about the initiative of the giant manufacturer of processors.


With all their uniqueness and versatility, the netbooks did not manage to resist the technology of the new century and to fill a niche of the lightest mobile devices with a diagonal of up to 13 inches. Ultraportable laptops have long existed at the current market, but their major disadvantage was their high price which did not quite fit this not very powerful device. It was the high price that did not allow those notebooks to take their place on the market. So Intel took the responsibility for changing this situation by finding ways to reduce prices.


In May 2011 the engineers and mechanics at Intel announced a few simple but very stringent criteria for ultrabooks. The first and the most important of them – the price. Value itself should not exceed $ 1,000, so that an ordinary user can afford buying an ultrabook. The second criterion was power coupled with mobility, which is provided by the thickness that cannot exceed 20 mm. Those criteria immediately answered a number of questions: the ultrabook is not capable of carrying an optical drive and will not handle optical graphics. It is clear that once initiated by Intel, the devices will be strictly limited to processor platforms.


The launch of new devices consists of three stages. The first started this summer, when devices of this type (with the already mentioned Intel Sandy Bridge platform) were first advertised. The second stage involves the launch of models with a better platform – Intel Ivy Bridge, and it is planned for the first half of 2012.

The main feature of these devices will be a new and perfect technical process: architectural changes aimed at the progressiveness of autonomous work and efficiency of the ultrabooks. Along with this they are planning the support for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. The third stage has only been discussed in general terms and will take place closer to 2013. Acer Aspire S3 had the honor to be the first in the experiment of comparing a laptop to an ultrabook.


At first glance, it associates with the Apple Macbook Air. But it is only at first sight! The reason for this lies in a silver color and little thickness. Design of the Acer Aspire S3 is striking, and the ultrabook instantly draws the eye. The case thickness is 1.7 cm, weight of the ultrabook is only 1.4 kg. This is the thinnest of all the notebooks ever met by our testers! This device has a standard diagonal, which is equal to 13.3 inches, in accordance to that the frame of the screen is rather broad.

Built-in webcam is located at the top of the screen, but alas, this detail does not always occur on such a thin device. The maximum opening angle of the ultrabook is very impressive, it is equal to 155 degrees, but there is a danger that it will do self-opening having reached 120 degrees. This problem is caused by a bit loose fixation of the lid on the hinges.