USB 3.0 Is Essential In An Ultrabook World
There are a lot of things to consider when buying a computer: size, operating system, appearance, battery life, etc. Fortunately, technology has really enhanced the quality and appeal of PC laptops from year to year. A number of advancements have attracted consumers into buying PC laptops. The demand for slimmer and lighter machines that don’t compromise performance is on the rise and there is one thing that has stayed standard – the need for USB ports.
A technology that is being pushed for in Ultrabooks (in fact, machines without it would be out of the running and not given the Ultrabook label if they don’t have it) is the USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt. The USB 3.0 is a high-speed transfer technology that boasts roughly 10 times the speed of USB 2.0 and approximately three-fold to ten-fold increases in performance with the current generation of USB 3.0 devices (depending on the type of device). It is also makes it possible for Ultrabooks to exist as many no longer have optical drives.
Luckily, Intel has responded to this trend with the development of Ultrabooks. Introduced at Computex in 2011, Ultrabooks are very thin (18mm for systems with screens 14 inches and under and 21mm for systems which larger screens) and are battery-efficient (they use low-voltage processors). With a $300-million Ultrabook fund set up by Intel Capital to support up and coming hardware and software technologies that will enhance the functioning of Ultrabooks, Intel is undoubtedly looking to make the Ultrabooks a dominant force in the laptop market. It may actually be able to satisfy the desire of those who want the slenderness of Apple laptops but do not want to leave the PC world.
Thunderbolt, a technology that’s incorporated into Apple desktops and laptops, is also a high-speed transfer technology that is roughly 22 times the speed of USB 2.0 and can drive external displays as a mini-Displayport. Both technologies clearly advocate for high-speed file transfer rates that will be a major bonus to Ultrabooks in addition to their slim size, longer battery life, and powerful processors.
The Future of USB 3.0 Is Ultrabooks
With advancements in performance and enhancements in appearance, Ultrabooks are indubitably the right way for PCs to go in the drive to come up with slimmer and faster laptops. By stipulating that only USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt technologies should be included in Ultrabooks, Intel is clearly making certain that it holds its weight in the market when it comes to performance and design.