Saw this Ultrabook in Costco Store:
Intel HD 4000
USB 3.0 x2, full size HDMI, 1.3m webcom, Bluetooth,
dual-band wifi n
4 bl weight
Costco 2 years warranty.
IMO pretty nice price current market for a i7 256GB ultrabook, if you don't care too much about the sick touchpad (even new driver available). Pretty nice screen/ Intel HD 4000.
It's also made by Vizio, a company that isn't known in the PC sector, besides some budget tablets. These systems are basically their first-run of laptops.
While the specs may be impressive on paper, I don't know if I'd ever shell out $1000 on a Vizio product and expect it to last.
The reviews I'm seeing say the build quality is impressive... they're only complaining about pointless features I don't care about, such as the non-backlit keyboard, less battery life than the competition, no SD card slot, etc.
Well, battery life isn't pointless, but it's a product of a 15" IPS HD IPS screen. IPS takes more power. It's just a tradeoff. Personally I'd take the IPS.
It's not like these companies actually make their own product though. Nearly all products are outsourced overseas. Whether it's an Apple, Dell, HP, etc. All these companies do is slap on their label
Very true, but I wouldn't be surprised if Vizio manufactures the screen, which is a pretty expensive component.
Also, I wouldn't want to essentially be Vizio's guinea pigs. With all first-run products, there are going to be things that need to be worked on and refined. Nobody knows the long-term reliability of Vizio PCs, but at least you have some idea of what you're getting into when you buy an Apple, Dell, or HP computer. You know what to expect with customer service, build quality, etc.
As low as $799 I think for regular voltage SB, which is faster what all these ultrabooks have. And anandtech tests yielded 306min on IE8+flash.
I see IB edition i5 for <$1100 and i7 quad with 640m for ~$1270 right now, without any sales.
4.4 lbs that's hardly an ultrabook. i will agree that sony's z series ultrabooks are really nice though.
Didn't say it is. However, it's extremely competitive and offers more performance than ultrabooks with features ultrabooks don't have. They've had the Z and S series since before introduction of ultrabooks. You may not know it but there've been super thin laptops before ultrabooks and MBA.
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