Ultimate Gift Ideas for Dad or Grad
Forget nerdy ties and pad folios… The Ultrabook™ device inspired by Intel is this summer’s must-have tech gadget and could be the perfect Father’s Day or Graduation gift to celebrate your loved one. Ultrabook devices are ultra-sleek, ultra-powerful and ultra-portable. Despite being significantly thinner in design than a traditional laptop, Ultrabook devices are powered by Intel® Core™ technology making them big on performance.
A variety of Ultrabook devices are available in the market today. Companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP and Toshiba each offer a unique and personal touch, making Ultrabook systems the perfect gift for busy dads or grads who want to stay connected no matter where they are.
Here are a few ideas to help you find the perfect Ultrabook device for your loved one:
For the modern day dad or grad constantly on the go between work, home and extracurricular activities, this powerful Ultrabook device is designed to extend mobile freedom. The Acer Aspire S3 can be used for up to 7 hours on one charge, turns on instantly and connects to the Internet at lightning speed.
The Asus Zenbook brings the perfect combination of sophisticated design and high-end performance. The Zenbook UX31E is the perfect device for people on the go with instant-on functionality that keeps them connected and at the top of their game, no matter where they are. The ASUS Zenbook is also available in a smaller UX21E version.
The Dell XPS 13 is engineered to deliver the ultimate in portability at 6mm thin and with a carbon fiber base that is lightweight and feels cooler. The system provides almost 9 hours of battery life a, with Intel® Smart Connect Technology™, everything is updated even in sleep mode. Finally, the backlit keyboard, glass touchpad and edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla glass® display make for tough, yet beautiful, computing for the dad or grad in your life.
HP’s first multi-surface glass Ultrabook device features amazingly light, scratch-resistant glass and measures just 20mm thin. Powered by Intel Core processor technology for an optimal blend of responsiveness and performance, the HP Envy 14 Spectre offers up to 9 hours of battery life and has a quick boot time thanks to Intel® Rapid Start Technology™. The dad or grad in your life will also enjoy the HP Radiance Backlit Keyboard that will sense their presence, lighting up when they’re near and dimming down when they’re away.
The HP Folio 13 Ultrabook is incredibly compact and lightweight at 18mm thin and 3.3 pounds. With up to 9.5 hours of battery life, dads and grads alike can leave the power cords at home. The system is fast and reliable with Intel Rapid Start Technology and also has 128GB of storage.
Available in graphite grey or limited-edition clementine orange, the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook device blends style and technology. It also features a breathable keyboard that allows air to flow in through the keyboard and out the sides and rear hinge, making it the ideal device to use on the lap when pulling an all-nighter to finish a paper or while relaxing and surfing the Web after a long day at work.
With its minimalist, one-piece aluminum shell, the Lenovo U300E Ultrabook is only 0.7 inches thin and starts at just 2.91 pounds in weight. The system also has a breathable keyboard that uses Intel® Advanced Cooling Technology to improve airflow so the device runs cooler. BIOS-embedded anti-theft protection is also part of the Ultrabook devices – offering dads and grads peace of mind.
The Samsung Series 5 Ultra offers up to 7 hours of battery life and includes an integrated Optical Disk Drive in the 14-inch model. With Fast Start technology, the system wakes from sleep in 2 seconds. And Fast Browsing technology makes frequently viewed Web pages run 2 times faster. Your beloved dads and grads will also love built-in Intel® Wireless Display that allows them to enjoy content wirelessly from the Ultrabook device onto a TV – no more crowding around the laptop to show friends and family videos and photos.
Is your loved one prone to accidents around the house? Then the Toshiba Portege Z830 might be the answer. It is strong, durable and portable and features a suite of safeguards to protect against shocks, spills and falls with its magnesium alloy casing with a honeycomb structure and a spill-resistant keyboard.
For a few more gift ideas:
ConsumerReports.org - Top 7 electronics gifts for dads and grads
Popular Mechanics – Dads & Grads Gift Guide 2012