Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch The 13-inch Samsung Series 5 535U3C-A01 is a great little Ultrabook competitor that manages to keep its price low thanks to AMD innards. The 13.3-inch screen is multi-touch, so you can browse Windows 8 and play touch games with it. The 500GB hard drive offers plenty of storage space, while the 24GB SSD enables it to boot quickly. The Intel Core i3 processor and 6GB of RAM give enough headroom to run demanding apps and there's a good array of connections, including a USB 3.0 port and Ethernet socket. On paper, the Series 5 Ultra Touch is the complete Windows 8 laptop package. With a slim, sturdy design and a powerful mainstream CPU, the touch-enabled Samsung Series 5 UltraTouch is a great sub-$900 13-inch Windows 8 machine.
But, The Series 5 Ultra Touch feels like it could be a world-class laptop a lot of the time, Good thing it has a touch screen, because the touch pad is a bit jumpy. Performance is slower than that of similar Core i5 laptops.
The bottom line: Samsung's midprice Series 5 UltraTouch looks and feels like a more expensive machine, but keeps it simple by skipping the complex hybrid mechanics of so many new Windows 8 systems. Specifications
Processor3rd Gen Core i5Intel i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory4 GB / 8 GB (max)
Hard Drive500 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 5400 rpm
Operating SystemWindows 8 64-bit Edition
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1366 x 768 ( HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Optical DriveNone Price;$849 VS Apple MacBook Air The MacBook Air has been known for its good battery life.New Intel fourth-gen CPUs help the updated MacBook Air achieve amazing battery life. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at $100 less than the previous model.
The new Haswell processors use very little power, giving the 2013 13-inch MacBook Air and absolutely stunning battery life. In our test, in which we streamed the live BBC News channel feed on iPlayer over a wireless network, the laptop lasted for nine hours. That's significantly better than the 11-inch MacBook Air's 7 hours 15 minutes, and a substantial improvement over the 2012 MacBook Air's 5.5 hours.
Since switching to solid state storage off the shelf with the late 2010 update, the MacBook Air has been known for its good battery life. But with the Haswell processors in place, it's absolutely stunning. At last, you can use your notebook all day long on a single charge.
But, Newer features such as touch screens and higher-resolution displays are still missing. The ultrabook competition is catching up, in terms of design.
The bottom line: Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes. Specifications
ProcessorIntelCore i5 1.3 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
RAM installed size4 GB
Hard Drive128 GB
Operating SystemApple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Display Type13.3 in
Max Resolution1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 5000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Optical DriveNone Price $1,099 VS Dell XPS 13 The XPS 13 is a solidly built, lightweight laptop that's actually slightly smaller than the 13-inch Air. It has a usable, backlit keyboard and decent battery life. While it loses points for a low-end display, its $999 price point makes it a reasonable purchase as a more powerful go-anywhere computer to replace your aging netbook.The display is a full-HD panel (1920 x 1080) that features a 800:1 contrast ratio with an optional touch screen for navigating Windows 8.1's UI and apps.This is one area the XPS 13 falls short; it has just two USB ports, a headphone/microphone combo jack and DisplayPort video out. I’m chiefly disappointed in the lack of a media card reader. On the other hand, one nice feature is the inclusion of a battery status indicator which lets you check the amount of battery power you have left even if the laptop is powered off. All picture descriptions are shown from left to right.The Dell XPS 13 has a sharp new 1080p display, updated Intel processors, and the same sleek design as before.
But, Few ports; a high price; no touch-screen option.
The bottom line: Attractive and compact, the new Dell XPS 13 ultrabook isn't that much different from last year's model, aside from new processors and a higher-res non-touch screen. Specifications
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3rd Generation 3517U
Hard Drive256 GB
Operating SystemWindows 8, 64-bit, English
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4000 Price;$1,599.99