Liliputing has a great round-up of specs for the 5 ultrabooks that were introduced at IFA 2011. It’s a nice companion article to the one we posted earlier from This is My Next, since that one mainly had video and lots of photos.
These laptops look pretty nice, but I also feel like they kind of look too similar. They almost suffer from the same problem as most Android tablets, all looking the same, with not much to differentiate them as far as hardware is concerned. Thinking back to the video posted on This is My Next, Lenovo and Toshiba seem to be the ones that are trying to separate from the pack.
Lenovo doesn’t have a wedge shape like many of the others (and the MacBook Air) do. It’s more like a rugged, uniform slab available in different colors with a great chiclet keyboard. Toshiba differentiates by having the most most useful ports. The Z830 is the only one with a gigabit Ethernet port as well as 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, VGA, and HDMI ports. Very useful for road-warrior-type users who would benefit from an-light set up but still need serious connectivity for peripherals without needing annoying external dongles. Asus gets a few style points for having an interesting texture for the /31′s metallic case.
It’ll be interesting how the market will react to thecategory. While they definitely serve a specific need, will they have enough perceived value compared to cheaper, slightly bulkier laptops?