Same ultrabook is selling for $1443.05 at lenovo.com. This is a savings of $627.05 or 43%
Part number: 20AL009EUS
This laptop with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit not Windows 8.1 and weights 2.88 lbs according to Lenovo customer support.
for anyone curious about the SSDs read/write rates:
Interface: Serial ATA
Capacity: 180 GB/240 GB
Sustained Sequential Read up to 540 MB/s
Sustained Sequential Write up to 490 MB/s
4K Random write: 80,000 IOPS
4K Random Read: 41,000 IOPS
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This X240 comes with Windows Pro 7 that has been downgraded from Win 8 Pro. That means you also have a full Win 8 Pro license and can choose to convert to Win 8 pro if you'd like to.You'd just have to do it yourself by generating the recovery media and upgrading.
Even though the screen is 1368 * 768 it is IPS and of excellent quality - additionally it is not glossy
It weighs more than the 2.88 pounds listed in OP. This has an internal battery plus an additional removable battery. With the 3cell internal + 3 cell removable battery , it weighs around 3.2 - 3.3 pounds. With the 3 cell + 6 cell removable battery (which juts out below it weighs 3.5 - 3.6 pounds.
The fact that it has an internal battery makes the removable battery hot swappable. Rated battery life with the 3 + 6 cell option is 17 hours
The laptop has full size ports ethernet, vga, displayport, SD card .
The SSD and RAM are upgradeable. There is one RAM slot and 2 mSata slots
In addition to the 2.5" SSD it also can accept MSATA SSDs so you can have multiple drives -.You can also add a WWAN card.
It has an excellent dock available (costs around $170)