Which Is The Real Best-Seller Ultrabook? (Part 2) - Gigabyte U2442, Samsung Series 9 900X, HP Envy 6

12/6/2012 9:18:18 AM

Gigabyte U2442

Gigabyte is a brand that is, locally at least, strongly associated with video gaming. One would assume then, that their Ultrabook offering may be a bit on the flimsy side. And the CPU, being an i5 processor, might be, but the 8GB of RAM and really fast CPU clock speeds make it look a lot better.

Description: Gigabyte U2442

Gigabyte U2442

In fact, there are a lot of features around this particular Ultrabook that make it look very appealing, including great graphics, a backlit keyboard and stylish looks. The light grey metal finish clashes a little with the black keys, but the two USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, card reader, HMDI output and full audio ports make up for that little complaint.

While it is not strictly an Ultrabook per se, the U2442 fits into this round-up well, thanks to many features that are similar to other Ultrabook units.

It is a little larger than the previous few, and is not as light and sleek as the others… but generous storage and decent performance make it a solid choice.

Score: 92

Samsung Series 9 900X

Samsung is showing a great understanding of devices, and the Series 9 Ultrabooks are no different. Although it is a larger Ultrabook, it still manages to be light and sleek. The light silver finish complements the attractive lines of this notebook beautifully. The black keys are a little jarring, but the large track pad more than makes up for this.

At its core is an i5 processor, although not the quickest, is supported by 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, it is a little on the light side, but it makes use of only SSD technology for its storage. This makes it particularly speedy.

Description: Samsung Series 9 900X

Being the second largest model in the round-up, it is a little less portable than some of the other Ultrabooks we looked at. But this added size means that it can squeeze a few extras in too. It provides the user with two USB 3.0 ports, as well as a single USB 2.0 port. Additionally, it has an SD card reader, headphone port and mini HDMI output.

In short, it is a very solid option for those who want their Ultrabook to be a bit bigger. The performance is good, and the overall look of the device is quite impressive.

Score: 88

HP Envy 6

HP have a lot of experience in all aspects of notebooks, so it is hardly surprising that their Envy is the most visually striking device we looked at. The unit is mostly finished in black, with a rather unusual and attractive burgundy base. While it is the biggest Ultrabook in the round-up, it remains surprisingly light and portable. The size also means that the keyboard and track pad are generously sized, too.

Description: HP Envy 6

With around 500GB of hard drive space, the Envy is among the larger in terms of storage space. On the other hand, the i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM make it a little average in terms of performance, and there is no SSD to speed things up. Not bad, mind you, but the visuals of this machine imply a little more performance punch than it actually delivers.

A multicard reader, three USB ports, full audio ports and an HDMI output are all provided. In addition, the audio supported by Beats is far better than expected.

Great looks and good performance combine in the Envy – it’s not quite HP’s flagship Ultrabook, but it gets the job done in style.

Score: 85

Final Words

For all intents and purposes, the Gigabyte U2442 is faster and offers more in terms of expansion, as so forth. Its mid-range size and fairly light weight make it a great option for all kinds of sage, and the large amount of storage is a real boon.

If you want to go small and sleek, though, the Asus Zenbook Prime is an awesome idea. Good looks combine with a fair amount of power and extreme portability, making it a conversation piece as well as a great notebook.

Description: Gigabyte U2442

Battery life – if that’s something that is important to you – is the province of HP, with better battery performance (on paper, at least) than the other brands.

But if it came down to a single choice – we’re talking a gun-to-the-head style choice – we would more than likely opt for the Gigabyte. It’s generous storage and faster processor make for a compelling argument.

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