I had been looking for a new notebook for awhile. Ultrabooks just weren't enough for me, and I wanted something a little thinner/lighter than a full blown workstation or gaming laptop. I finally found this Samsung Series 7 at Walmart (originally I ordered the S06US version for $850+tax through the MS Store + the free Xbox). The only specification differences I saw between this S03 and the S06 is that the S03 has a 750GB non-express cache HDD (S06 has 1TB with express cache). I figure I can easily switch out the 750GB HDD for an SSD, and still be well below the price of the S06.
I haven't found the S03 anywhere else, so I am comparing its price with the S06 (which is a bit superior as noted above). Still, the S06 is $850 at the cheapest anywhere (Newegg, MS Store), and is $950 on Amazon. So this is roughly $200 cheaper (after tax) than the cheapest S06, with the only tradeoff being the HDD (which you could easily upgrade to a full size SSD with the $200 in savings, and be better off than the S06 anyway).
This is a really nice "in-between" notebook for those not needing heavy graphics or ultra-portability. It's less than an inch thick, and weight is stated to be 4.5lb.
The only gripe I have seen from many reviews is the overall screen quality - it uses a TN panel. For me, I don't need professional level graphics or color reproduction - and if I need to share my screen I'll usually be in a situation where I can just push it to the TV via the WiDi - so viewing angles aren't a big concern for me. Most important for me was is being able to view on the porch, and in partial sunlight - so the 340nit matte screen should take care of that. Some also had minor gripes about the touchpad, but form what I've read, that can be solved with software/driver tweaks.
I put YMMV b/c it's showing out of stock online, but my local Walmart had them in stock for pickup. So you'll just have to check around.
Link to Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung...n/19757522
Link to Samsung: http://www.samsung.com/us/compute...0Z3A-S03US
Link to NotebookCheck Review (be aware review is of DE version, NOT US. Samsung US site says the US version has some minor differences, like Intel Wifi card): http://www.notebookche