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Mobile workstations are pretty uncommon, but even rarer still is a mobile workstation that fits all the requisites of an Ultrabook. We check out the HP ZBook 14, which is dubbed by HP as the world's first mobile workstation Ultrabook, to see if its sacrifices function for form.
The Dell XPS 11 is an 11-inch convertible Ultrabook that transforms from a notebook into a tablet quickly. It also runs on an Intel Core Y-series processor, which allows it to consume less energy that many other Ultrabooks that use processors from the Intel Core U-series. Let's see how that turned out.
Very few 13.3-inch Ultrabooks are armed with both an Intel Haswell processor and a discrete NVIDIA GPU - in fact, there's only two: Acer's Aspire S3 (2013) and the notebook we'll be reviewing, ASUS' Zenbook UX302. But with extra power comes extra size and weight. Is the trade-off worth it? We find out.
Product Acer Aspire S7 (2013)
The 13-inch Aspire S7 (2014) is Acer's flagship Ultrabook that has been designed to appeal to users who are concerned with aesthetics. It also has a Gorilla Glass protected lid that prevents scratches and nicks. The 1.3kg S7 also comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, as well has a full HD (1920 x 1080p) display.
Product Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a convertible Ultrabook that can bend and flex into multiple usage modes, including tent and stand mode. It comes with the latest Intel Core U-series processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The Ultrabook also comes with a higher than usual QHD+ (3200 x 1800p) IPS panel that's great for watching movies.
Product HP Spectre 13
The HP Spectre 13 has a precision crafted aluminum body that's not only good looking, but study and lightweight as well. It also comes with a QHD Infinity (2560 x 1440p) touchscreen, as well as an extra-wide HP Control Zone trackpad that gives users full control of Windows 8.1. This notebook also comes with 8GB of RAM, and a speedy 256GB SSD.
Product ASUS Zenbook UX301
The ASUS Zenbook UX301 comes with an Intel Core i7-4558U processor that's faster than regular Ultrabook U-series processors. It also has a slightly more powerful Intel Iris graphics 5100 onboard GPU, which powers the sharp QHD (2560 x 1440p) display. To keep things running smoothly, the UX301 relies on its 8GB RAM as well as its 256GB SSD. To ensure it retain its good looks, the UX301's lid has a layer of Gorilla Glass to protect it against scratches.