Archive for November, 2012
What a pleasure it has been to test this high quality Ultrabook. What a disappointment it is though to see software affecting the experience. The Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 review is below.
Model tested: 3460-2SG S, a European model with 3G that retails for about €1749 and about $1750 when configured at Lenovo USA.
Dell’s project Sputnik was formed to create a Linux-based developer-focused distro that would run on specific hardware. Over the last 7 months Dell have been working to build a final product with developers and component suppliers using the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. Developer edition models went out in July.
There have always been thoughts that a real product would hit Dell’s product range but that’s been confirmed now by project manager Barton George.
“Intel to Showcase Ultrabook™ Convertibles with Touch, Tablets and Phones at CES 2013” is the title of the media information post that’s just gone out from in relation to the CES trade show running from Jan 8-11 in Las Vegas. Clearly the big push is still with Ultrabooks.
If you’ve been following along the last few days, you saw us highlight plenty of Ultrabook deals for those looking to snag a machine on the cheap for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The deals came in many shapes and sizes and often spanned the gap between first generation (Sandy Bride) and second generation (Ivy Bridge) Ultrabooks. If you haven’t been following the Ultrabook space closely, as we have, you might be confused about the difference. This article aims to clear that up and tell you how to identify one from the other.
Update: Stay Away! Cyber Monday Ultrabook – Dell XPS 13 w/ Core i7 and 128GB SSD for $899; Available 9pm – 12pm EST ONLY
This Cyber Monday Dell is offering some time-sensitive deals. The company has a powerfulUltrabook available with Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD for sale for $999 but only between 9pm and 12pm EST tonight!
Those of you that have been following me for a while know that I also have my finger in another pie…
In a search for Core 2nd and 3rd Generation Laptop under 2.5KG with hybrid HDD or SSD (that pretty much summarizes the Ultrabook category these days) I was interested to see the Lenovo Thinkpad E130 show up as the cheapest Ivy Bridge option on the market. €541. I had to double check but sure enough, there’s a hybrid SSD inside which shows what effect the Ultrabook is having on the mainstream laptop market. Why isn’t it an Ultrabook? It’s 23mm thick, 5mm over the maximum thickness for an Ultrabook. There’s a good reason for that and it might just be what you’re looking for.
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If you missed the Black Friday deals and are still looking for an Ultrabook this week, don’t despair! Some of the Black Friday deals are still running [$489 ultrabook for example] and there’s a new set of deals for Cyber Monday to check out below which include a touchscreen ultrabook for $499.
Looking for a Black Friday Ultrabook deal on a powerful computer? Right now you can save $200 on thewith the latest Ivy Bridge Core i7-3517U processor and 128GB SSD.
The ASUS S56CA is ASUS’ entry-level 15.6” Ultrabook. It’s mainstream-focused and has a matching, mainstream specification set. It’s available right now for 30% off at $489 with a 1.8Ghz Core i3 (Ivy Bridge, HD4000) and built-in DVD drive. Hard drive is 500/24GB hybrid.
Intel have put together a good selection of Ultrabook deals on their Facebook page today. It includes the $499 Ultrabook, some Lenovo Yoga offers, the Dellfor $589, the HP for $749, Sony Vaio deals but our favorite is the Lenovo Twist offer at Staples.
Lenovo Twist – Core i5, 500GB, Windows 8 convertible 12.5” touchscreen Ultrabook for $699 after savings. That smashes Lenovo’s online offer of $746 for a Core i3 version. Go get it at Staples online here.
For more information on the Twist, check out our information page.
Yesterday I predicted that the $499 Ultrabook would appear this weekend. It has! The $499 at Walmart stores today.is available for
Update: There’s a Windows 8 Ivy Ultrabook available for $489.
We’re keeping a close eye on deals passing through right now because (for those of you not in the USA) it’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend. My bet is that we’ll see the first ever $499 Ultrabook deal but it hasn’t quite happened, yet. For the time being I’ve pulled out a few offers for you to consider. Dell, Samsung, Lenovo and Toshiba are in the list. Enjoy Thanksgiving and if you spot any great deals, be sure to let us know in the comments.
Update: It looks like this deal is over now. There’s a good deal on the last 10 Dell Inspiron 14Zs though. Final discount price of $534!
Amazon has a great Black Friday Ultrabook deal this 2012 season on a brand new SonyUltrabook with touchscreen and Windows 8. Normally the touchscreen T13 starts at $799, but for a limited time you can pick it up for $599 which is cheaper even than the base model of the non-touchscreen T13. $599 is a great price for an Ultrabook in general, let alone a touchscreen Ultrabook!