SMBs Should Consider Deploying Windows 8 Ultrabooks Now

Paul Mah

It is no secret that the Intel Ultrabook was conceived as a reaction to the increasing popularity of the MacBook Air ultra-thin laptop. By laying out stringent specifications with regard to minimum hardware, maximum dimensions, as well as guidelines for cost, Intel has succeeded in shepherding computer makers towards making highly appealing laptops that also meet the needs of SMBs for day-to-day computing.

I have been using the Lenovo X1 Carbon Ultrabook for over a month, and also had the opportunity to get the feel of other ultrabooks such as the Lenovo U310 and Dell XPS 13 Ultrabooks. Below are the three key characteristics — performance, portability and battery life — that I want to highlight.

Performance

As a highly demanding user who abhors having to wait for the PC, I have an expectation for launched applications to load instantaneously. This is the reason why only fast machines with large amounts of RAM appeal to me. Indeed, I have also switched to using laptops that come with a solid-state drive (SSD) ever since I ripped open my laptop to review an SSD more than three years ago.  

Despite my high expectations, I’ve found the latest ultrabooks offer highly credible performances that feel significantly faster than many traditional business laptops. The performance can probably be attributed to the snappy Ivy Bridge-based microprocessors from Intel, as well as the use of an SSD, either as the main storage drive or as a high-speed cache.

Portability

Slimness aside, the maximum height of 18mm for a 13.3-inch device and 21mm for a 14-inch device stipulated by Intel means that ultrabooks are not only slim, but are also relatively lightweight. A quick look at the various ultrabook models on the market will show that their weight ranges from 1.3kg to 1.7kg, which is excellent where portability in concerned.

Battery Life

Finally, battery life for the ultrabooks that I’ve seen has shown a marked increase over standard laptops. Though still not at the “full-day computing” mark of 8-10 hours, I’ve seen real-world use — Wi-Fi on and screen at 75 percent brightness — of four to six hours. This is pretty good, and is set for another major upgrade with new Haswell processors expected to arrive around the middle of 2013.

It is for the above reasons that SMBs with modest productivity needs should seriously consider deploying Windows 8 ultrabooks for their business. Moreover, Windows 8 is a less demanding and a speedier operating system compared to Windows 7, which means there is really no excuse to wait.



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Nov 1, 2012 3:14 PM Francis Carden Francis Carden  says:
It's nearly 2012 and few, SMB computers or laptops are even closely utilized to experience much benefit from a faster O/S. The speed of the internet / network and application are far more significant. When an SMB opens a spreadhseet under Win 7, it's probably Reply
Nov 9, 2012 10:20 AM Software Bear Software Bear  says:
I hear Paul Mah's credibility flushing down the toilet. As a group, will SMBs expend the labor to evaluate a new version of Windows (on whatever platform), or will they wait for the larger companies and technology critics of the software development community to do that work, and publish it, first? (Obviously, the latter.) Going way back to Windows 3.0 (remember that?), m-a-n-y of the initial releases of Windows were problematic, the innovators suffered, while those of us who acted conservatively, and waited for Microsoft to release debugged versions, avoided the suffering. This article speaks volumes about Paul Mah's perspective on technology evolution for SMBs. (What a doofus.) Reply

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