A recent experience buying a notebook for my college-bound godson made me realize a couple of important things about ultrabooks and hybrid tablet notebooks.
First, almost none of the current portable makers are not paying much attention to the user keyboard experience.. this is particularly true when it comes to both ultrabooks and hybrids.
Ultrabooks are directly targeted at college students who use them for taking notes, viewing college coursework online and other applications. yet somehow the importance of a good keyboard has been overlooked.
Lenovo, which has a storied tradition of developing portables that get high marks for usability, is an exception to this rule.
Hewlett Packard isn’t far behind and when I went shopping for my godson’s ultrabook. I based my purchase decision on price, functionality and usability.
I looked at several other portables including Microsoft’s Surface 3 and a reconditioned Lenovo yoga hybrid.In the end, my purchase decision narrowed to three different machines, a reconditioned Lenovo Yoga hybrid, the HP 14-x040 Chromebook and Microsoft's Surface 3.
After using the Microsoft Surface 3 for a couple of hours, I walked away unimpressed. It’s squishy rubber keys turned me off and I felt that its video didn’t have the oomph for engineering applications. Ultimately, I bought a reconditioned n HP 14-x040. which has a touch screen and a keyboard I believe is suited for note taking. Another feature I thought was important is this Chromebook's screen brightness, which I think increases its usability for note taking in dimly lit university lecture halls.--Jim Forbes on 07/14/2015