I was able to get this exact Ultrabook from Newegg a few weeks ago for $1049. That combo deal included a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, now that was a slickdeal. But i ended up returning this Ultrabook because the screen was really crappy. Horrible viewing angle. Virtually unusable unless you're looking at it directly. Beautiful machine though, but its TN screen was a big letdown.
I jumped on the Asus UX31a deal for $560, couldn't be happier. 1080p IPS screen is awesome. Much better viewing angles. Added a Nexus 7 32GB for $239 from J&R. I'm in heaven with both of these devices.
If someone's looking for the macbook air build quality laptop with a matte display, I would consider this. However, I've read the screen is worse than the 13" NP900X3C (this is unfortunate, since the amazing PLS matte screen is the biggest reason buy a series 9).
To compare to the UX31A is hard. I've never used it, though I hear its a great machine (for considerably less $). However, some would rather have the SSD, the higher build quality, and the hybrid.
For someone looking for a real workstation with the best matte screen possible, there is no better ultrabook than the 13.3" NP900X3C. The 1600x900 is more than sufficient for working with text, and it's a next-gen PLS with that non-agressive AG coating (like on the higher end syncmaster LCDs). It's too bad they discontined it recently, some of the newer Series 9 (like X4D) go cheaper in materials like screen, ssd, etc.
Because the screen is the thing that you use the most, it's important to get something you like. For someone like me (who likes matte), there aren't many options around. This screen is much better than the matte one on Lenovo Carbon. From what I've read, the UX31A is "semi-glossy."
In any case, still waiting for that X3C.
And if anyone is like me, and is a windows power user thinking about switch to mac: now's the time, or at least, don't bother w/ windows 8. I've spent the last month playing with an XPS 12, and it's an abomination of bad UI.
The machine is very nice. Beatiful quality and sleek shape for a 15 inch size that resembles a 14. You are paying premium for a real ultrabook, no question.
However, the beauty of the screen is, i guess, in the eyes of the beholder. Some will find it great, others sufficient for their use, and yet another group, like me, finds it unusable.
A strong blueish tint that needs to be calibrated ( search notebookreview forum for the thread). Even then, you have to accept that this matte screen will never be as sharp or have good contrast as other screens. You need to see it for yourself.
I bought it. Use it for three weeks and everyday i am conflicted between having an ultrabook of march amazing size and quality with 15"inch screen, and poor screen quality.
Returned it eventually.
If you have the money, save it for that ellusive 2013 15" FHD version....
i have the 13" model and think it is awesome. I was very tempted to go to the 15"
as for the screen, i think it is just fine. i use the laptop by myself so i don't know why i would want to view it at any angle other than straight on. I think that is a silly argument to make for an ultrabook.
maybe it's me, but when i am using a laptop i see no need to view it from 120 degrees away.
truth be told, i prefer having a screen that the guy sitting next to me or 2 seats away from me can't see as clear as day.
apple has ruined technology.
people want everything to be like apple. why?
oh okay.i was considering buying this but i am kind of out of the loop so i don't know what's available these days. maybe you can help point me to a better deal then? i am looking for something very light and thin so i can bring it with me. i would like a 15 inch screen and at least 8 gb ram. thanks.
hands down, best 15" ultrabook in my opinion. I had a touch time choosing between this and the 13.3" model, they are both essentially the same but the 15" has a larger keyboard and screen, but is about 1 pound heavier. in the end i figured i could live with the smaller screen to save on the weight.
don't let people sway you, if this laptop fits your needs and you are happy with the features and price, then pull the trigger. you will not be sorry
the screen and the keyboard are the only two minuses that led me to return it, but they are the two components that you will interact with 100% of the time so take care to make sure they are ideal for your needs
the keys are shallow, and they make really loud clackaty noises, especially the spacebar, which you will use 99% of the time while typing. The hard keys make you feel like typing on concrete. Not pleasant.once again, this is different between individuals...but if you are coming from a zenbook keyboard, or macbook pro or even a dell, then this keyboard is going to dissapoint....
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