Many people are going to be faced with the difficult decision of buying either an Ultrabook or a laptop in the coming years. These two personal computers have many differences, some being better for certain people than others. While the laptop has dominated in the personal computer market over the past decade, due to their ability to be transported easily between home and the office and all the coffee shops in between, it may come as a surprise to many that a new device is on the horizon that may replace the traditional laptop. This is not to say the Ultrabooks will be right for everyone—rather, the laptop and the Ultrabook will be known as specific types of portable computers that depend entirely on what you are using each of them for. In fact, certain technologically immersed people may have both types of computer that they use for entirely different things. However, before you can decide which of these two computers you should buy, it is first integral to know the differences between the two, based on their size, operating system and other options which makes one more compatible to your personal and business life than the other.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

1. They are Similar in Most Respects

Ultrabooks and laptops are actually pretty similar in many respects. Both are slim, both have keyboards and track pads and both look like the portable computers you have been slipping into your bag or backpack over the past decade. However, as the old saying goes, the devil is in the details and this is where Ultrabooks and laptops begin to differ greatly.

2. Design Differences

While both laptops and Ultrabooks look the same at first, they are actually different in a number of ways. Ultrabooks are lighter, in the region of three pounds in weight while laptops are at least four or more pounds. Ultrabooks also have a sleeker design with a number of different materials like magnesium, aluminum and glass, while most laptops often have just standard materials except on very specific models. The keys on Ultrabooks are also shallow than most laptops, which can take some time to get familiar with for those who type on laptops constantly. However, the Ultrabook keys are backlit while most laptops are not, tending to equal out the difficultly that many people have when typing.

Dell Latitude 6430 Ultrabook

Dell Latitude 6430 Ultrabook

3. Price, Plain and Simple

The Ultrabook is generally considered to be one of the best personal computers on the market by both critics and the public alike. But Ultrabooks can be more expensive than standard low cost laptops. However, if you can afford an Ultrabook, it is well worth it.

4. Inside Hardware

Once you get inside each of these machines, however, you will see even more striking differences. Ultrabooks are built on an Intel ULV platform with integrated graphics. Most laptops have many more configurations available from lower power platforms to quad-core processors, which are meant for the hardcore gamer. In short, laptops have more raw power while ultrabooks have much more battery life. Most ultrabooks can last for ten or more hours without a charge while most laptops will be drained by around the six hour mark. There are exceptions to this rule with certain models of laptop, but the ultrabook is pretty universal on the amount of time it can go plug-free. When it really comes down to it, ultrabooks are a specific, stylish type of laptop, ideal for mobility.