Netbooks vs Ultrabooks: What Exactly Is the Difference?

by Jay Bika on January 25, 2012 · 4 comments

in Intel,Netbook Buying Guide,Opinion,Q&A

If you’re on the market for netbooks, you may have been hearing about ultrabooks in the last couple of months and wonder what they’re all about and how they relate to each other.


Netbooks are thin, light, cheap and less powerful laptops while ultrabooks are thin, light, expensive and powerful notebook computers. That’s the general difference in a nutshell.

Ultrabooks are meant to be premium notebooks while netbooks are meant to be low-cost laptop computers.

Therefore, a netbook and an ultrabook are two very distinct types of portable laptop PCs and when shopping for a brand new notebook, you should know the difference, which you do now.

For a guide to ultrabooks plus reviews, opinions, shopping guides and best price finder, check out Ultrabook Star.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Technopsis January 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Wouldn’t size be a major factor as well? Netbooks can have fast processors as well these days, and aren’t necicerally those sluggish small things from the past. I am typing this on a netbook as we speak and I am very happy with the speed it has, for it’s size of course.

Sure, ultrabooks are faster by default, hands down…but more importantly is the size, the SSD and the mostly aluminum casings that make ultrabooks and netbooks differ from each other, right?

2 Jay Bika January 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Technopsis, ultrabooks have processors way faster than netbooks’. They use a different processor which has much more performance. For average computer users, the speed in ultrabooks or netbooks will be barely noticeable.

The price is also an important factor. Head over to Amazon and check your average prices of each category and the results will amaze you!

3 Jimmy February 17, 2012 at 8:54 am

Jay, you didn’t address technopsis’ point? He acknowledged the speed-difference himself already :)

To me the price isn’t a difference in its own, it’s a result of using less and different components.

I personally would rephrase: “Ultrabooks are meant to deliver high performance while netbooks are meant to be highly portable.”

To me there’s 3 factors: (screen-)size, performance (including battery life), connectivity (as in USB-, HDMI- and eSata-connectors, as well as 3/4G-support). This will result in differences in dimensions, weight and price.

Kind regards!

4 Multi touch May 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

Sleeves are ideal for people who want to keep their netbook safe while it’s not in use, or to protect it while inside your favourite bag, suitcase or rucksack.

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