Buying Guide: The Best Windows 8 Laptop Ultrabooks

1 November 2012, Singapore – Having a hard time to catch up with the numerous Windows 8 portable devices and cannot decide which one to get? Here is a summary of Windows 8 Laptops and Ultrabooks that stand out in terms of design and honour the spirit of “Flexibility” on Windows 8 Operating System in the revolution for laptop. This guide will give you the Pros & Cons of these laptops in a glance to help put your money in the best pot.


Sony VAIO Duo 11

Sony VAIO Duo 11

Sony VAIO Duo 11 is a slim 11″ Ultrabook that switches easily from tablet to laptop simply by sliding the LCD display to reveal the keyboard. Retailing at S$1,999 for the Intel Core i5-3317U Processor and S$2699 for the Intel Core i7-3517U Processor.


  • Truly looks and works like a tablet when needed
  • Comes with stylus for note taking
  • Easily fits into any bag
  • Comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot and a VGA port in such a small package
  • Weighs only 1.3kg


  • No stylus storage holder
  • Pricey
  • Angle for the LCD display is fixed, can’t adjust to avoid reflection
  • Uses a trackball mouse control in laptop mode
  • Only up to 5 hours battery life




Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (EDITOR’s Choice)

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is the world’s first multi-mode Ultrabook with 360 flip design. Retailing at S$1,899 for Intel Core i7 Processor.


  • The largest display among the hybrid tablet Ultrabook category
  • Clean, Slim & Sleek design that fits both the corporate and fashion personas
  • Hitch is very sturdy for the 360 flip action
  • Attractive price point for an Intel Core i7 Processor Ultrabook
  • Light & slim at only 1.54kg & 16.9mm for a 13″ laptop
  • Battery life more than 8 hours


  • Too big to use as a tablet
  • Keyboard is awkward in tablet mode, but it is automatically disabled






HP ENVY x2HP ENVY x2 is a sleek hybrid laptop running on Intel Atom Processor with a detachable screen for true tablet experience. Retailing at S$1,099.


  • Sleek and light weight aluminum chassis, MacBook Air lookalike
  • Detachable design for tablet mode
  • Magnetic hinge design for easy alignment when docking to keyboard
  • NFC enabled
  • Tablet mode only weighs 710g


  • Runs on Intel Atom Processor which makes it no a powerful laptop when compared with Intel Core Processor laptops
  • Rear camera protruding from the chassis makes it less appealing
  • No USB 3.0 ports
  • USB ports only available on the keyboard dock and not on laptop
  • Only have 64GB disk space




Samsung ACTIV Smart PC Pro

Samsung ACTIV Smart PC ProSamsung ACTIV Smart PC Pro similar to HP ENVY x2, is a detachable screen hybrid laptop but running on Intel Core i5 Processor. Retailing at S$2,199.


  • The intuitive Stylus applications from Samsung GALAXY Note series have been ported over to the laptop
  • LTE (4G) / 3G enabled for mobile connectivity
  • Full HD display
  • USB 3.0 on tablet mode


  • 128GB for S$2,199 is pricey
  • Tablet mode is heavy at 878g






ASUS TAICHI Ultrabook LaptopASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish Ultrabook laptop with an innovative back-to-back dual-screen design. Retailing at S$2,698.


  • Slim, Stylish and Lightweight
  • Cool to share presentation and video over coffee table
  • 256GB of storage
  • Always on with instant resume in 2 seconds
  • Full HD Display


  • The most expensive in the lot
  • Only rear display screen is touch enabled
  • Only 5 hours battery life






Dell XPS 12DELL XPS 12 with its unique 12.5″ flip hinge touchscreen display allows easily transitions between laptop and tablet mode with a simple flip. Retailing at S$1,699.


  • Competitive price point
  • Comes with Backlit Keyboard
  • Gorilla Edge To Edge Display
  • Full HD display
  • NFC enabled


  • Looks and feels bulky when compared to Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
  • Only 5 hours battery life




Fujitsu T902

Fujitsu T902Fujitsu T902 is 13.3″ hybrid tablet laptop with rotational display to convert the laptop to a tablet. Retail price has yet to be available.


  • LTE (4G) / 3G enabled for mobile connectivity
  • Bi-directional display hinge
  • Hard drive shock sensor
  • Spill-resistant & Backlit keyboard
  • Full HD Display
  • Modular bay customizable to be second battery, Super multi DVD-RW, BD-writer or second hard disk drive


  • Known to be premium, Fujitsu T902 may cost more than S$2,500
  • Single hinge rotational display, Handle With Care
  • Old school design
  • Only enabled with four finger multitouch input
  • Too bulky to even consider it as a tablet



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