Best Intel Core i5 3rd Generation Ultrabooks – Under Rs. 55,000

Ultrabooks are basically lighter, more portable laptops with excellent battery life. Sure, in a few years the lines between notebook and ultrabooks might become blurred since everyone wants to make their gadgets lighter and more compact. As of now, however, there are certain criteria to be met before a laptop computer can be called an ultrabook. You can read more about laptops vs. netbooks vs. ultrabooks and get a clearer idea about the classifications. Basically, it should run on a low voltage Intel processor, have a battery life of at least 5 hours, should boot up quick and should be no thicker than 0.85 inches. Ultrabooks don’t come for cheap though, the range starts at around Rs. 50,000. If you’re in the market to buy one, here’s our list of the best Intel Core i5 3rd generation ultrabooks under Rs. 55,000!

5 best Intel Core i5 3rd generation ultrabooks:

Sony VAIO S Series SVT11113FG

Best Intel Core i5 3rd Generation Ultrabooks - Sony VAIO S Series SVT11113FG

Sony’s ultrabook offering is the least expensive amongst the 5 best Intel Core i5 3rd generation ultrabooks we’ve listed out, but it also has the smallest screen at 11.6 inches. It has a great finish and is actually the most portable due to the smaller screen, if that’s what you’re after. There’s just one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 slot though, so there isn’t room for attaching many devices. A 32 GB SSD is included in addition to a 500 GB HDD so the OS can be booted up really fast. Battery life claimed to be 5 hours, which is surprising considering there’s hardly any high performance components in there, the competition has better battery backup. But for the price, you can’t really go wrong, here are the specs.

  • Processor: Intel Core-i5 3317U (1.7 GHz With Turbo Boost Upto 2.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM expandable upto 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 GB + 32 GB SSD
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Webcam: 1.3MP
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Battery backup: 5 hours
  • Price: Rs. 48,900

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481T

Best Intel Core i5 3rd Generation Ultrabooks - Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481T

The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra is another good looking offering that you should consider if you’re out to get an ultrabook. It’s got a nice 14 inch screen, 2 USB 3.0 ports and claims a battery backup of 8 hours! Rest of the internals are pretty much the same as the Sony offering, but it has a backlit keyboard and a DVD writer. The SSD included is just 20 GB though, and it might be disappointing to some. At just under 2 kg and 20.7mm thin, the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra is mighty portable too. Also, the RAM can be expanded only upto 6 GB.

  • Processor: Intel Core-i5 3317U (1.7 GHz With Turbo Boost Upto 2.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM expandable upto 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 GB + 20 GB SSD
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Webcam: 1.3MP
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Battery backup: 8 hours
  • Price: Rs. 52,700

Toshiba Satellite U840-X4310

Best Intel Core i5 3rd Generation Ultrabooks - Toshiba Satellite U840-X4310

Toshiba is well known to make durable devices with a great finish and the Satellite U840-X4310 doesn’t disappoint in that regard. With pretty much the same specs as the Sony ultrabook mentioned above and more expansion slots (2 x USB 2.0 and 1 x USB 3.0), the Satellite still claims an impressive battery life of 7 hours. There’s even room to plonk in more RAM, upto 8 GB in fact. The only inferior feature is the webcam, which is 0.3 MP, so Skype addicts take note. Toshiba has provided a backlit keyboard as well.

  • Processor: Intel Core-i5 3317U (1.7 GHz With Turbo Boost Upto 2.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM expandable upto 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 GB + 32 GB SSD
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Webcam: 0.3MP
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Battery backup: 7 hours
  • Price: Rs. 53,500

Lenovo Ideapad U410

Best Intel Core i5 3rd Generation Ultrabooks - Lenovo Ideapad U410

The Lenovo Ideapad U410 packs in a dedicated GPU which trumps the integrated graphics from Intel, so if you’re looking to do some light gaming, it’s a good choice. With the same processor and a reasonable amount of RAM, you can play games at low-medium settings. It’s also got 3 USB ports, 2 of USB 3.0 and 1 of USB 2.0. Unfortunately, the IdeaPad skimps on a few other things. The RAM cannot be expanded, the included OS is Windows 7 Home Basic and there’s no backlit keyboard. It isn’t a bad piece of hardware by any means, but is a tad bit expensive considering the competition.

  • Processor: Intel Core-i5 3317U (1.7 GHz With Turbo Boost Upto 2.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 500 GB + 24 GB SSD
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 610M
  • Webcam: 1MP
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
  • Battery backup: 6.5 hours
  • Price: Rs. 54,700

Samsung NP530U4C-S01IN

Best Intel Core i5 3rd Generation Ultrabooks - Samsung NP530U4C-S01IN

The Samsung offering is pretty much one of the best Intel Core i5 3rd generation ultrabooks you can get your hands on. At just under Rs 55,000 it might seem on the higher side, but it’s actually worth it. Along with the 3rd generation Intel Core-i5 processor, there’s a dedicated graphics card and 6 GB of RAM onboard. The RAM cannot be expanded though, there are no empty slots. Samsung claims a battery life of 7 hours and the ultrabook is very light and thin, it weighs 1.81 kg and is just 20.9mm thick. There’s no SSD included unfortunately, but Samsung makes up for it by including a huge 1 TB HDD and even a DVD writer. Here’s the specs and pricing:

  • Processor: Intel Core-i5 3317U (1.7 GHz With Turbo Boost Upto 2.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 1 TB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 620M
  • Webcam: 1.3MP
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Battery backup: 7 hours
  • Price: Rs. 54,600

Those were the 5 best Intel Core i5 3rd generation ultrabooks according to us! Drop us a comment about what you think about the list or tell us if you have any queries.

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