Is your true love a technophile at heart? Does his pulse race at the pace of Moore’s Law? Then no gift will convey your love devotion more convincingly than an Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ powered by a third-generation Intel® Core™ processor. Here are eight sure-fire heart-winners for the valentine who’s so over chocolate and flowers.
Dell XPS 12: A Convertible Ultrabook He’ll Flip For
This cutting-edge convertible Ultrabook flips from laptop business to tablet recreation modes with a spin of its rotating 12.5-inch Gorilla Glass screen. Running Microsoft Windows 8 and powered by an ultra-low voltage 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, it satisfies the senses with a soft-touch exterior, superb keyboard, and bright 1920 x 1080 IPS display. Yet it’s configured for performance with 8GB of SDRAM, a bright and a 256GB solid state drive.
Lenovo Yoga IdeaPad 13: Elegant Flexibility
The Yoga 13 is most notable for its uniquely versatile 360-degree multi-mode hinge that goes from laptop to tablet and keeps on going. The hinge-up tent configuration is especially useful for watching videos on the 13.3-inch 1600 x 900 IPS touchscreen. This model features a 3rd generation Intel® CoreTM i5 processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 128GB solid-state drive and Microsoft Windows 8. An excellent keyboard and luxurious finish details make it a joy to hold and use.
ASUS ZENBOOK Touch UX31A
The latest addition to the ASUS Zenbook line brings Windows 8 touch functionality to what PC Magazine reviewers have called, “one of the sleekest and most visually impressive Ultrabooks on the market.” A machined aluminum chassis provides rock-solid stability despite the Zenbook’s amazingly slender profile. Performance comes courtesy of a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128 GB solid state drive. And if the 13.3-inch 1600 x 900 display isn’t impressive enough, your valentine can stream content to his TV wirelessly via Intel® WiDi.
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Asus Taichi 21: Take a Second Look, On a Second Screen
This Windows 8 Ultrabook takes a unique path to marrying laptop and tablet. In addition to the 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display you see inside, there’s a second touch screen of equal size and resolution set into the outside lid. When closed, the outside screen functions as a normal tablet display. When opened, it can mirror the internal screen display or show different content entirely. The Taichi 21 features a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256 GB solid state drive.
Acer Aspire 15.6-Inch Ultrabook Laptop
Here’s an affordable laptop that combines the style and performance of an Ultrabook with the expanded features typical of desktop replacement systems. This non-touch model features Windows 8, a 3rd generation Intel® Core i5 processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 widescreen display. A 500 GB hard drive plus 20 GB of solid state storage deliver ample capacity and responsive performance, while a multi-format read-write optical drive expands your media access options.
Price (Model M5-581T-6405): $599.99
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Acer Aspire 14-inch Touchscreen Ultrabook
This virtual twin of the system described above delivers all the same virtues, but substitutes a 14-inch 1366 x 768 touchscreen to complete the Windows 8 experience. All other features are identical.
• Price (Model M5-481PT-6644): $729.99
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Toshiba Satellite U925t Ultrabook Convertible
This Windows 8 hybrid features a sliding hinge that allows the 12.5-inch IPS touchscreen to cover the backlit keyboard, facing upward in tablet configuration. The 1366 x 768 display is covered by a Gorilla Glass panel and features 5-point touch functionality. Brisk performance comes courtesy of a 3rd generation Intel® CoreTM i5 processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128 GB solid state drive. Intel® WiDi video streaming support and a soft-touch exterior complete a very versatile valentine package.
Buy in now at Toshiba.com.
Alejandra Carvallo is currently manager of shopping marketing with responsibility for demand generation in the US. Alex joined Intel Americas in 2005, as Manager of the Consumer Marketing Campaign for Hispanics in the USA. She has over 15 years of high-tech marketing experience creating successful campaigns for a electronic products. She has worked in both South America and the US for Alcatel, Stanford Telecom and Bell Canada. A native Venezuelan, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, and obtained her MBA from Regis University, Denver. Alex spends her days being a marketing expert for intel and being a wife and mom of two for her family, always striking the work/life balance – trying to, at least. You can follow her at @AlexAtIntel.