Powerful HP Pavilion Sleekbook available from £290

Intel launched the Ultrabook era with plenty of marketing money and clout. AMD, its archrival, has also jumped on the bandwagon and with the help of manufacturers eager to make their products more attractive, has come up with a number of alternatives. Call them Sleekbook or thin-and-light, they all share the same features.

They are thinner than their predecessors (and lighter as well) and cost way less. Check out the HP Pavilion Sleekbook (D0W73EA#ABU) which costs £289.98 at online retailer Dabs; it is only 21mm thick and weighs a mere 2.1Kg. This Sleekbook comes with a dual-core AMD A6-4455M APU clocked at 2.1GHz with 1MB L2 cache and an integrated AMD Radeon HD 7500G.

There's also 6GB of RAM, a massive 750GB hard disk drive, Windows 8, a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, Dolby Advanced Audio, a dedicated numeric keypad, a 4-cell battery, a card reader, HDMI, three USB ports, Wi-Fi and one whole year of access to Universal's music catalogue via HP's Connected Music service.

What's more HP also bundled other features such as ProtectSmart, Connected Photo, Coolsense and ImagePad. Check out our review of the HP Pavilion Sleekbook here.