Ultrabooks for business: our top 10

The business Ultrabooks to buy

All of this, along with a 500GB HDD and a further 32GB of super speedy flash storage make the HP Envy 6 an incredibly attractive Ultrabook for the masses.

Read the full TechRadar review of the HP Envy 6

Acer Aspire Timeline U M5
Acer Aspire Timeline U M5

3/ Acer Aspire Timeline U M5

Acer

From £730

A business ultrabook with gaming credentials you say? How's about the Acer Aspire Timeline U M5 which packs not only an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz CPU with 6GB of RAM, but a powerful Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics processor as well?

While we're not advocating killing work hours killing zombies (virtually, of course) the GT640M packs the latest GeForce architecture meaning an unrivalled Ultrabook multimedia processing performance – fantastic if your work-load includes graphically intensive tasks.

It also packs a 15.6-inch display, which is rather large for an Ultrabook – making it fantastic for presentations when you're out in the field. And even though the pixel resolution is a fairly standard 1366 x 768 – not enough for native 1080p playback – there is a real crispness and brightness in the display that almost makes up for it.

The M5 also benefits from a built-in optical DVD RW drive and also features two USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer times.

During use the chassis keeps cool and the engine room quiet, and the overall impression is that you're dealing with a premium machine. Whether or not the M5 is the right purchase for your business comes down to how much you value dedicated graphics.

If you want a portable workstation, there are better suited machines. However, if you want a lightweight machine with graphical prowess the M5 could be just the ticket.

Apple MacBook Air
Apple MacBook Air

2/ Apple MacBook Air

Apple

From £1100

The Apple MacBook Air may not officially be described as an ultrabook, however it ticks all the requirements, so it's in.

And how could we resist the best looking laptop available? A laptop that set new standards for design, portability and power in small packages.

It is a design, however, that is perhaps becoming a bit tired. The 2012 Air refresh packs the latest tech in the same slimline chassis that we originally fell in love with way back in 2010.

The Air boasts a ridiculously thin unibody aluminium machine that measures just 3mm at its slimmest point and 17mm at its thickest. There are two display size options, 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch, with the smaller of the two weighing less than 1.1kg and the larger just 270g more.

The most notable change for 2012 comes by way of the CPU, which has been souped up with Intel Ivy Bridge power. The 11-incher features a 1.7GHz dual-core i5 and there's a 1.8GHz i5 CPU for the 13-inch.

For storage it's SSD all the way - the cheapest option offers just 64GB of flash space, although you can go up to 512GB of storage for a whopping £640 extra.

In a market place that's becoming ever more congested with slimline Ultrabooks, Apple is still leading the way in the cool stakes – although, at last, there are some serious challengers to its throne.

Read the full TechRadar review of the Apple MacBook Air

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31a
Asus Zenbook Prime UX31a

1/ Asus Zenbook Prime UX31a

Asus

From £1550

Keeping the same awesome design values as the original Zenbook Ultrabook that was unleashed last year, the Prime has undergone a heavyweight hardware overhaul, and now packs the latest Intel processing power along with an awe-inspiring display panel.

The result is an ultra-portable notebook that will not only amaze onlookers with its dazzling aesthetics but also has the power to help you accomplish your daily digital demands.

The display because is the first jaw-dropping moment that you'll experience with the Prime. It boasts a Full HD, 1920 x 1080 IPS panel. That's over 2 million pixels for your eyes to focus on, with an incredible pixel per inch count of around 165.