It has been a busy year for the tech brands, especially with the recent wave of tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks. One tech brand after another launched their respective models, each competing for today’s finicky consumers’ favour and dollar.
One particular tech product that I followed closely is the ultrabooks. I have an ultrabook obsession and bought almost every single ultrabook there is in the market especially if there’s one offered with a media discount.
Here is moi with my Toshiba Protege Z830.
The first to launch was the Acer Aspire S3, of which I was an evangelist (“was” because the contract has ended since Jan) and I’m still a faithful user until today.
For RM2599, I thought the Acer S3 is superb value for money; even taking into account the annoying keyboard and the lack of SSD.
I have ordered my Asus Zenbook, the limited edition Rose Gold coloured one, i7 of which I’m expecting it next month. Other than the Dell ultrabook, I have fiddled with almost all ultrabook models on the market.
Last week, I finally got my grubby hands on the HP Folio 13 (which at 1.5kg, IMHO is heavy for an ultrabook). However, the build is undoubtedly solid, as with all HP products.
HP Folio 13
HP first business Ultrabook™
Thin and light design
Strong security options and a responsive 128G SSD drive
9.0 hours of battery life, the highest performance available among Ultrabook™ devices currently on the market.
<0.75-inch thin and ultra slim 13.3- inch diagonal high-definition (HD) BrightView display
Includes Intel® Rapid Start technology
Backlit keyboard for mobile users who work in low-light conditions.
Full array of ports including RJ-45 and USB 3.0
HP CoolSense technology, which uses advanced hardware and intelligent software for a noticeably cooler notebook.
HP Imagepad for highly accurate, advanced multitouch gesture support.
HP TrueVision HD Webcam for brighter, cleaner HD images and Dolby® Advanced Audio.
Starting price of RM2,999 for the i5 model.
HP ENVY 14 Spectre, a premium consumer Ultrabook PC.
The stunning HP ENVY 14 Spectre uses lightweight, scratch-resistant (Gorilla Corning) glass on the lid, display, palmrest and HP ImagePad – an industry first.
A full 14-inch screen inside a 13.3-inch body plus the HP Spectre’s high-definition (HD) HP Radiance Display offers some of the industry’s highest resolution and richest color for better brightness and wider viewing angles than traditional notebook displays.
Since it’s a CONSUMER Ultrabook (vs the Folio which is a business ultrabook), it comes equipped with rich entertainment features like matching audio-grade speaker mesh and Beats Audio, an exclusive, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre.
Built-in HP Wireless Audio turns any home into a concert hall, allowing users to stream uncompressed audio to up to four external devices or directly to any KleerNet -compatible device.
An HP Radiance Backlit keyboard provides outstanding illumination using individual LEDs dedicated to each keycap. The keyboard works with an advanced proximity sensor to intelligently sense a user’s presence, lighting up when a user approaches and dimming down after he or she leaves.
The HP ENVY14 Spectre is available at a starting price of RM 3,999 in Malaysia.
Thanks to HP Malaysia and H&K for the kind opportunity to be at the launch! I’m looking forward to getting my first HP product! 😀
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