Yesterday I became the new, and admittedly pretty proud, owner of a brand new Ultrabook. In my eyes, the Microsoft equivalent to a MacBook. But that's to a layman like me. In reality I'm sure I am way off.
I have an iPad and I love it, but for what I wanted the MacBook's were just too much of a financial investment. So I went on the hunt for something speedy (to handle my photos), something light (to carry around the house) and something smallish (to sit on my lap). AND it had to be within budget, and look okay too.
Two visits to Harvey Norman later - we have changed our HN of choice for purchases after receiving lackluster service at our original preferred store. And I walked out happy as a pig in the proverbial with a Toshiba Ultrabook - 4gb ram, 32mb SSD, 13.3 inch screen, and Windows 8! (But no touch screen)
Windows 8 is a trip. Everything has an app, so it's like your ipad, on a computer. But the standard desktop and Windows set up is running in the background - accessible at the click of a button.
If you're in the market for an upgrade do some research first and if you're not very knowledgeable when it comes to what makes a computer fast or what kind of specs you need for what you do, find someone that knows what they're talking about. I highly recommend an ultrabook - especially if it's a secondary computer, but I think I'm bias now.
A side note... All I wanted for my 30th birthday last year was a sewing machine, which I was so very lucky to receive as a gift from my mother in laws (yes, plural, I have two). Next step was to learn how to use it...I am WELL on my way and just this morning have successfully hemmed two pairs of pants!! Cas is pestering me for 'noise for him' i.e. another pair of shorts off the 'chine for him to wear. The first pair I made he wants to wear ALL the time!