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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dell XPS 11 is an 11.6-inch convertible notebook with a high-res QHD (2560 x 1440p) display, and is running an Intel Core i5-4210Y processor meant for tablets. There's also 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and a massive 40WH battery built-in.
The Dell XPS 11 is an 11.6-inch convertible notebook that comes with a low power consumption fourth generation Intel Core i5-4210y processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. There's also a touch keyboard that keeps the machine's proportions down, as well as a large battery that gives the notebook a very long battery life.
The Sony Vaio Fit 13A is Sony's second convertible Ultrabook. In fact, Sony boasts the Fit 13A has the best of the older Vaio Duo 13 and Pro 13 laptops. Using the latest fourth generation Intel Core U-series processor, 8GB RAM and SSD storage, we check out this good looking convertible and if it can best its close competitors - including Sony's own stable of Ultrabooks.
The Sony Vaio Fit 13A is Sony's second convertible Ultrabook that's able to convert into a tablet. It has a full HD (1920 x 1080p) multi-touch display, and a digitizer (powered by N-Trig technology). It comes with a fourth generation Intel Core U-series processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.