16 Ultrabooks with 1080p Displays

Posted on 24 March 2013 By


acer aspire s7 ultrabookI’ll be the first to admit that I cringe a little inside when I see brand new laptops released in 2013 with 1366×768 displays. It seems like a real shame — many of these devices are beautiful machines but have a resolution that would have felt at home at least 5 years ago. For those looking for a crisp high resolution display there’s good news! The Ultrabook segment is home to at least 16 Ultrabooks with full HD 1920 x 1080p displays — in all shapes and sizes!

Samsung-Series-7-3.jpgSamsung Series 7 Ultrabook

  • Screen Size: 13.3 inches
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, full SD, mini VGA, 3.5mm headphone, full HDMI, full ethernet/LAN (RJ45)
  • Touchscreen: Optional
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Clam Shell

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

  • HP-SpectreXT-Touchsmart.jpgScreen Size: 15.6 inches
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, full HDMI, full SD, 3.5mm headphone, full ethernet/LAN (RJ45), Thunderbolt
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Clam Shell

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

  • Asus-Zenbook-Prime-UX31A.jpgScreen Size: 13.3 inches
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, mini VGA, full SD, 3.5mm headphone
  • Touchscreen: Optional
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Clam Shell

Microsoft Surface Pro

  • Microsoft-Surface-Pro-_1_.jpgScreen Size: 10.1 inches
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.0, micro SD, 3.5mm headphone, mini DisplayPort
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: Yes
  • Form-factor: Docking Keyboard

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Lenovo Thinkpad Helix

  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, SIM card, mini DisplayPort
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: Yes
  • Form-factor: Docking Keyboard

Dell XPS 12 Convertible

  • dell-xps-12.jpgScreen Size: 12.5 inches
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo
  • Touchscreen: Yes 
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Convertible

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T

  • sAMSUNG-aTIV-sMARTpc-500t-10.jpgScreen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, micro SD, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo, ethernet/LAN (RJ45)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: Yes
  • Form-factor: Docking Keyboard

Asus TaiChi 21

  • ASUS-Taichi-21-image-3.jpgScreen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, mini VGA, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo
  • Touchscreen: Yes 
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Convertible

Asus TaiChi 31

  • ASUS-TaiChi-11-6.jpgScreen Size: 13.3 inch
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, mini VGA, full SD, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: Yes
  • Form-factor: Convertible

Sony VAIO Duo 11

  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • sony vaio duo 11 ultrabookPorts: 2x USB 3.0, full SD, full HDMI, full VGA ethernet/LAN (RJ45)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: Yes
  • Form-factor: Convertible

Vizio Thin Light CT15

  • vizio thin and light backScreen Size: 15.6 inches
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, full HDMI, 3.5mm headphone
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Form-factor: Clam Shell

MSI S20 Slidebook

  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • msi s20 ultrabook gallery 5Ports: 2x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone, ethernet/LAN (RJ45)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Convertible

ASUS Transformer Book

  • Screen Size: 13.6 inches
  • Transformer BookPorts: micro HDMI, micro SD, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo (keyboard: 2x USB 3.0, full SD, ethernet/LAN (RJ45), mini DisplayPort,)
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Docking Keyboard

Acer Iconia Tab W7

  • acer iconia tab w7Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone, (dock: 3x USB 3.0
  • Touchscreen: Yes 
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Optional Dock

Acer Aspire S7 11

  • acer aspire s7 ultrabookScreen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.0, micro SD, micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Digitizer: No
  • Form-factor: Clam Shell

Acer Aspire S7 13

  • Screen Size:
  • Ports: 
  • Touchscreen: 
  • Digitizer:
  • Form-factor: 

Find the perfect Ultrabook — check out our Ultrabook databse!

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  1. #1 by Luke on March 24, 2013 - 22:01

    I must admit I cringe a little inside that there is absolutely no manufacturer of PCs left on the planet with a single line of 16:10 display laptops, which are more work friendly than the 16:9 ones. Not like I’m asking for a return to 16:10 but not one PC laptop being produced with 16:10 display anymore?

  2. #2 by Robert on March 24, 2013 - 22:26

    seems to me that there are many lower Resolution Panels left which Need to be used up and worked into devices one way or another instead of being thrown on the garbage heap and so that is what is happening

  3. #3 by Skaertus on March 25, 2013 - 00:52

    Where are the 2560×1440 and higher display resolutions?

    Apple introduced a laptop with a 2880×1800 resolution in June 2012. Nine months later, and no single PC manufacturer is capable of delivering a laptop with a display resolution higher than 1920×1080?

    Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung… they should all be ashamed of themselves. This is getting ridiculous.

  4. #4 by Jojo on March 25, 2013 - 04:18

    You still cringe when an 11.6″ display is 1366×768? If so then SMH…

    • #5 by Matt on March 25, 2013 - 21:01

      For Windows devices, 1080p on less than 13.3″ is just a gimmick and it seems people are falling for it.

      • #6 by Carl M. on March 26, 2013 - 03:56

        I always smirk at the people who get into a hissy fit over 1368×768 on sub-13.3″ Windows machine.

  5. #7 by Totaleasy on March 25, 2013 - 07:14

    The only problem is that Windows still isn’t resolution-independent. You can set a higher dpi, but it doesn’t scale all that well. Text becomes small on hi-res displays. Until they sort this out, I’m really happy that 1366×768 is around.

  6. #8 by blade on March 26, 2013 - 02:02

    Exactly.
    I am completely happy with the superior resolution on my UX31A, but it took some getting used to the small text. Whenever someone comes and look at it, I ask them if I need to zoom in. My parents always ask me how I can look at the screen like that all day.
    Text is definitely the main problem, and also on most web sites the columns of text are very narrow, regardless of zoom.
    Windows for programs and applications become small, like plug ins.

    • #9 by Carl M. on March 26, 2013 - 04:02

      I find it hard to read sites with narrow main sections and a dyslexic side section. Just look at AnandTech’s new site design. What a mess.

      • #10 by Father on April 4, 2013 - 05:06

        I don’t understand you people. Don’t you see you can change the text size in Control Panel -> Personalization -> Window Color and Appearance -> Advanced Appearance Settings…?

        Gheeez! It’s RIGHT THERE to fiddle with and you can u!se any font, any size you wish!

  7. #11 by Ghost on March 26, 2013 - 11:25

    • #12 by Skaertus on March 27, 2013 - 13:45

      I’ve seen that. It’s an overpriced machine, selling for US$ 1,900 with apparently no extra features to justify the price tag, and not even a touch screen. Samsung showcased a Series 9 with a 2560×1440 display back in August 2012, 7 months ago, and there are still no signs of such laptop being released.

  8. #13 by Skaertus on March 27, 2013 - 13:54

    The Dell XPS 13 with a 1080p display is not on the list.

    And they all have some inexcusable flaws:

    Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook: only one USB 3.0, too heavy
    Samsung Series 9: too expensive, no touch screen
    HP Spectre XT TouchSmart: only one USB 3.0, too heavy
    Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A: too many complains about the trackpad
    Microsoft Surface Pro: too little battery life
    Lenovo Thinkpad Helix: apparently the best of the bunch, if Lenovo ever decides to release it
    Dell XPS 12 Convertible: too heavy for a 12.5-inch screen laptop
    Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: cheap build quality
    Asus TaiChi 21 and 31: not practical, low battery life
    Sony VAIO Duo 11: bad design, crappy keyboard
    Vizio Thin Light CT15: complains about the flat keyboard
    MSI S20 Slidebook: keyboard may be a concern
    ASUS Transformer Book: too heavy, battery life could be better
    Acer Iconia Tab W7: cheap feeling
    Acer Aspire S7 11 and 31: looks fragile, low battery life, flat keyboard

    All underwhelming offers. No one of them holds a candle to Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro, which has a premium aluminium body, high-end parts, a dazzling 2560×1600 display, and still sells for US$ 1,499, on par with many of the laptops mentioned above.

  9. #14 by Gary on March 29, 2013 - 11:14

    4k sharp igzo displays are in the works
    for ultrabooks in the near future.
    The main reason they will be used is that they
    only use half the power. When combined with
    the lower power requirement of the upcoming Haswell cpu and windows blue update.
    Battery life will be greatly improved.

    • #15 by Skaertus on March 29, 2013 - 16:21

      Where did you get this information from? Is there any source of news?

      So far, IGZO displays are only available in products offered by Sharp in Japan. Samsung has just invested a large sum of money in Sharp, and Foxconn is on negotiations to do that too.

      I’ve seen news that future models of Apple’s iPad and iPhone and of Samsung’s Galaxy devices may use IGZO displays. However, I have not found any news that these displays would be available, at least in the near future, on laptops. And I have found no news of displays higher than 1920×1080 being offered in Windows laptops (apart from the never released Samsung Series 9 showcased in August 2012, the Acer 15-inch laptop showcased in January 2013 and expected for Spring 2013, and the 20-inch Philips tablet expected for later this year).

      Am I missing something? Is tnere any piece of concrete news that support your statement?

      • #16 by Gary on April 9, 2013 - 13:17

        The struggling Japanese consumer electronics group said on Monday that about Y5bn it was to receive from Qualcomm on March 29 will be delayed until June because Sharp is not ready to mass produce the energy-saving next generation display panels the two groups are developing.
        Google sharp qualcomm investment
        Check out the press release on Sharp’s website
        about Samsung . It details the purpose of their investment and timeline of the hd screens.

    • #17 by blade on March 29, 2013 - 21:06

      Sounds good if that’s true.
      The only problem about IGZO on my phone is the viewing angles. Quality wise I’m not sure.

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