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I thought we’d be getting a Toshiba U920T Slider Touchscreen Windows 8 Ultrabook through the post this week but I was wrong. It wasn’t until the video unboxing that I found out it was actually the ‘budget’ Toshiba Satellite U940 (U945 in the USA.) I’ve left the out-take in the overview video below. What we’ve ended up with is more than just a surprise, it’s a surprise pleasure because after only half a day of testing it’s clear that this is a well balanced Ultrabook with a few almost unique and very usable features.
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.
Ultrabooks are likely to be a hot product this year during Black Friday, especially if companies can get the new Ultrabook convertibles into stores before the busiest shopping day of the year in the US. Amazon is starting the party early with the first Black Friday Ultrabook deals we’ve seen so far. They’re offering a free $100 Amazon gift card with the purchase of select Samsung series 9 Ultrabooks.
As I checked the list of top selling laptops at Amazon.com again this morning I noted that the ASUS Vivobook X202 touchscreen ultrathin, an Ultrabook-a-like for most consumers, was at position 10 for the second day running. Note, that we’re talking about the laptop category best-sellers list that includes two cheap Chromebooks, a couple of Apple laptops and a clutch of value laptops. Later this morning I picked up on a full review of the ASUS S200, the European version of the X202, and it gets a lot of praise. In our own ranking system, based on visitor view numbers, the X202 / S200 is #11 out of over 100 Ultrathins. This ultrathin is on target to be the big hit this season and that’s something Intel need to take a close look at. It sounds bad. It’s not.
We’ve just added the ASUS VivoBook S400 to the database (The 84th Ultrabook) and I note that it’s already quite the popular product. At around $700 for a touchscreen 14.1”-er, it’s not too surprising although for that price you’re not getting best-of-specs!
1366×768 resolution is almost a budget laptop specification and the hybrid hard drive won’t be as fast as an SSD. The weight is not exactly class-leading either but you do get a free RAM slot inside. We’re still trying to track down information on the battery capacity for you.
Given the current spec list and ASUS’ reputation this could be a really great entry point into some Touch Windows 8 productivity and fun.
We saw some reports on the ASUS VivoBook X202 when it launched at an event last week but we’ve now got un unboxing of the European version of this low-cost Ultrabook-a-like via Notebookitalia.
We picked up on the almost-Ultrabook ASUS Vivobook S200 a few days ago. The ASUS (S400CA-DH51T) has now appeared in Amazon.com for a surprisingly cheap $699. This is a full Ivy Bridge Core i5 Ultrabook with touchscreen making it the cheapest touchscreen Ultrabook to date.
The specs include:
- Windows 8
- Core i5 3317U CPU 1.7Ghz
- 4GB RAM
- 500GB hybrid hard drive (24GB SSD)
- 14.1” touchscreen 1366×768
- 2xUSB2.0, 1xUSB3.0
- 4.4lbs (1.995KG)
As we reported a few weeks ago, the Toshiba U845 is leaving the market after just a few months of availability. The Toshiba Satellite U945 is taking its place. While it’s still available though you can pick up the U845 for $549, and get a free $100 Amazon gift card too! The Satellite U845 isn’t the only discounted Ultrabook at Amazon US right now either.
Forget Intel’s prediction of $699 Ultrabooks. Forget our own prediction of $599 by the end of the year! The $599 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook is here already with the a great offer on the Vizio CT14. In Europe, prices have dipped to below €599.
It’s Vizio that have come through with the most impressive offer. The Vizio CT14-A0 1.8Ghz Ivy Bridge (Core i3) with a 128GB SSD and 1600×900 IPS screen. We can hardly believe that! It even comes with a Windows Signature (no bloatware) build of Windows 7 Home Premium. It’s at $599 at Amazon today.
Intel recently said that Ultrabook prices will reach $699 later this year. At that point there was already one model at that price and we were predicting $599 offers by the end of the year. Just a few weeks later there are 6 models available under $700 at Amazon.com with two offering Core i5 Ivy Bridge platforms and one offer right down at $650. If you’re getting ready for a back-to-school purchase, take a closer look at these.
Our number one bargain today is the Ivy Bridge Core i5 version of the. This is a great offer on a solid Ultrabook and we don’t think you’ll find a better offer in the USA today although if you want the same CPU and a DVD drive, the Acer Timeline U M5 is on offer too.
On an earnings call yesterday, Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, told journalists that Ultrabooks would reach $699 by ‘fall’ – Q4 of this year. Does he not read Ultrabooknews? Ultrabooks are already selling for under $699. Take the Acer Aspire Timeline M5 for example.
Use the European comparison engine Skinflint.co.uk today and do a search for Core i5 Ivy Bridge laptops with a screen size up to 13.9” and a weight of under 1.5KG [link] and you’ll find about 32 solutions. 5 of them are solutions, 11 of them are Ultrabook alternatives over 1000 Euros and the rest are Ultrabooks…apart from one which sits nearly 30% cheaper than any other offering. Take the screen size limit down to 11.6” and the Acer V5-171-53314G50 is about half the price of any 11.6 Ultrabook out there; and it’s very difficult to see where the differences are.