HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 has a nice array of ports, including a cleverly designed 10/100 Ethernet port that expands when you push the cable in but stays within Ultrabook height specs when closed.HP's Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is an attractive ultrabook with a respectable mix of components for its price, a responsive touch screen, and a backlit keyboard.
But, The Envy TouchSmart 4 isn't very configurable, so you can't make it too much more powerful than it already is. It's on the heavy side for an "ultrabook" (if you consider 4.5 pounds heavy). Its touch pad is jumpy at default settings.
The bottom line: The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a good gateway to the Windows 8 experience with a responsive touch screen in a traditional laptop body. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5
Hard Drive500 GB
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type14 in
Max Resolution1366 X 768 Price;$850.00 VS
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 The IdeaPad U310 looks great, but that really is its only notable feature, ultimately.The IdeaPad U310 offers up an attractive design and all the basic bells and whistles of a 13-inch ultrabook for $799, including plenty of USB ports and Ethernet.
But, The thicker, heavier design weighs a bit more than last year's U300s, and there aren't any SSD-only upgrade options.
The bottom line: The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 is an all-around decent ultrabook that's perfectly priced for back-to-school shoppers, but there are plenty of alternatives with nearly identically prices and features.
System configurations: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 500GB Samsung 5,400rpm Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 1.7 GHz( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory4 GB/ 4 GB (max)
Hard Drive500 GB - 5400 rpm- Serial ATA-300
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Display Type13.3 in TFT active matrix
Max Resolution1366 x 768 ( HD )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone Price; $799 VS
Dell Inspiron 13z - 5323 The Dell Inspiron 13z is a slim, low-cost 13-inch laptop with performance to match more-expensive systems.
But, The plastic body feels cheap, as do the ports flaps and small touch pad.
The bottom line: With the same CPU as you find in ultrabooks that cost a lot more, the Dell Inspiron 13z is a budget laptop that holds its head up high.
System configurations: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm Specifications
ProcessorIntel Core i5 3rd Generation 3317U
Hard Drive500 GB - 5400 rpm
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000 Price;$699