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ShortT 11-20-2012 07:46 AM

The Ultrabook Thread
 
There's a really great thread over here about laptops for sale on BF and CM...but it got a bit frustrating to try to sort through all the huge honking laptops to get to the ultrabook deals. So I thought I'd start a thread dedicated to ultrabooks.

If that's what you're after you're in the right place.:woot:

NOTE: please DO include non-BF deals in this thread. Most of the BF deals are kinda meh so I'd like to discuss all the options available now.

Links are to current-priced listings that interest me right now (more to come, I'm also going to create a complete list in the wiki):

Acer Ultrabook Silver 13.3" S3-391-6046 PC with Intel Core i3-2367M processor and Windows 8 Operating System - $499 [walmart.com]
Sony 13.3" Ultrabook with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $699.99 [staples.com]
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist 12.5", i5, Touch Screen Laptop - $699 [staples.com]
Lenovo U410, Intel Core i5-3317U,14.0" Screen Display, Notebook With 6GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive, W7 Home Premium - $599 [frys.com]
ASUS S405CA-RH51 14" Ultrabook with 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U Processor with Turbo Boost 2.0, 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD + 24GB SSD - $579 [bjs.com]

wikipost 11-20-2012 07:46 AM

Ultrabooks on sale on BF or currently available.
Prices reflect BF prices based on ad scans unless deal is live.
Sorted in ascending order

i3
BF | Acer Ultrabook Silver 13.3" S3-391-6046 PC with Intel Core i3-2367M processor and Windows 8 Operating System - $499 [walmart.com]
BF | Toshiba Satellite 14" Ultrabook Featuring 2nd Gen Intel Core i3-2377M, Windows 7, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - 549.88 [ww3%5B] Google's cache link [googleusercontent.com]
BF | HP Envy Ultrabook 14", Intel i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $599.99 [officedepot.com]
SOLD OUT | SONY VAIO SVT13124CXS Notebook Intel Core i3 3217U(1.80GHz) 13.3" 4GB Memory 500GB + 32GB MLC Hybrid(5400rpm Hybrid) HDD 5400rpm Intel HD Graphics 4000 - $599 [newegg.com]

i5
DEAD | Lenovo U310, Intel Core i5-3317U,13.3" Screen Display, Notebook With 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive + 32GB SSD, W7 Home Premium - $498 [frys.com]
Live now | Dell Inspiron i14z-5000sLV 14-Inch Ultrabook (Silver), 3rd Gen i5, 500 HDD + 32GB SSD, 6GB, Intel 4000 graphics, 1366x768 - $550 [amazon.com]
BF | ASUS S405CA-RH51 14" Ultrabook with 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U Processor with Turbo Boost 2.0, 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD + 24GB SSD - $579 + $29 fee = $608 for non club members (memberships cost $50) [bjs.com] If you live near a retail store, you can access a 60-day guest pass for in store only here [bjs.com]
DEAD | Lenovo U410, Intel Core i5-3317U,14.0" Screen Display, Notebook With 6GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive, W7 Home Premium - $599 [frys.com]
OUT OF STOCK| ASUS ZENBOOK Prime UX21A-1AK3, 3rd gen i5, 2.5lbs, 128SSD, Win7 Intel HD4000 graphics - $599 [microsoftstore.com]
DEAD | Samsung Series 5 NP530U3C-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Light Titan), 500 GB HDD, 4GB, 3.4lbs, Intel 4000 graphics - $599 [amazon.com]
DEAD | Vizio 14in Thin + Light CT14-A1 ultrabook (1600x900/i5-3317U/128GB SSD/4GB/HD4000) $499+FS [microsoftstore.com]
BF | Lenovo Thinkpad Twist 12.5", i5, Touch Screen Laptop - $699 [staples.com]
BF | Acer - Ultrabook 14" Touch-Screen Laptop - 6GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive + 20GB SSD, i5 3rd gen - $699 [bestbuy.com]
Live now | Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook (14-9091sLV), 3rd gen i5, 4GB, 500 HD + 32SSD, Switchable graphics, 1600x900 - $799 [microsoftstore.com]

i7
OOS | ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71, 128GB SSD, 2nd gen i7, 2.9lbs, 13.3, Intel HD 3000, 1600x900 - $899 [microsoftstore.com]

Touchscreen
SOLD OUT | SONY VAIO SVT13124CXS Notebook Intel Core i3 3217U(1.80GHz) 13.3" 4GB Memory 500GB + 32GB MLC Hybrid(5400rpm Hybrid) HDD 5400rpm Intel HD Graphics 4000 - $599 [newegg.com]
DEAD | Sony 13.3" Ultrabook with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $599.99 [amazon.com]
BF | Lenovo Thinkpad Twist 12.5", i5, Touch Screen Laptop - $699 [staples.com]
BF | Acer - Ultrabook 14" Touch-Screen Laptop - 6GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive + 20GB SSD, i5 3rd gen - $699 [bestbuy.com]
BF | Sony 13.3" Ultrabook with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $699.99 [staples.com]

kaultra 11-20-2012 08:20 AM

Thanks for the thread, I'll be watching. I've been trying to follow the other laptop thread but you are right, it's overwhelming. I'm leaning toward the BJs ASUS but it only has a 4-cell battery. I assume the more cells the longer the battery life? I think 14" screen is about a low as I want to go (my eyes as I get older are not that great, lol) and a DVD drive is a must for me. I can't even believe so many laptops don't have one. I'm hoping to get the BJs deal online but I'm happy to find something else similiar before or after BF.

Thanks again!

ShortT 11-20-2012 08:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaultra (Post 54988112)
Thanks for the thread, I'll be watching. I've been trying to follow the other laptop thread but you are right, it's overwhelming. I'm leaning toward the BJs ASUS but it only has a 4-cell battery. I assume the more cells the longer the battery life? I think 14" screen is about a low as I want to go (my eyes as I get older are not that great, lol) and a DVD drive is a must for me. I can't even believe so many laptops don't have one. I'm hoping to get the BJs deal online but I'm happy to find something else similiar before or after BF.

Thanks again!

Yep, the BJ's deal sound like it will work for you. 4-cell battery is a bit substandard, but I think it's rated for like 6 hours of use, so unless you do a lot of all-day meetings or traveling you should be ok. It does have an optical drive...honestly I can't think of the last time I popped a CD in my laptop. To each his own though. :)

o0adam0o 11-20-2012 08:40 AM

I'm pretty set on getting the Surface Pro next year. But i will keep an eye on this thread.

kaultra 11-20-2012 08:41 AM

Thanks Short...... Some of my family still lives in the dark ages, some of the little one still like to have music cds to play in there room and I like to sometimes make video dvds to play for the parents. Someday we might be all digital, just not yet! lol.

I think 6 hours will work, I'm just so done with the big heavy laptops, looking forward to something lighter. I'm not looking forward to Window8 but like most things, it's in inevitable I guess.........

desiyankee 11-20-2012 08:46 AM

Do you think the BJ's deal will be online?

ShortT 11-20-2012 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by desiyankee (Post 54989196)
Do you think the BJ's deal will be online?

Ad scan says the BJ's Asus deal will be available online.

desiyankee 11-20-2012 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54990306)
Ad scan says the BJ's Asus deal will be available online.

Thank you. Repped.

I wonder if the Staples deal is a better one. People really like the Twist and turn feature on the tablet. However, the battery life on it isn't the greatest.

technica 11-20-2012 09:27 AM

Do you have to be a BJ member to buy from bjs.com?

ShortT 11-20-2012 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by technica (Post 54991036)
Do you have to be a BJ member to buy from bjs.com?

Thanks for asking this. With some poking I found that non-members can buy anything but have to pay a 5% surcharge ($29 for the Asus deal). Alternatively you can buy an annual BJ's member ship for $50 and pay no surcharge.

I'll add this detail to the wiki on that item.

swirlsaepi 11-20-2012 10:15 AM

See I'm looking for an ultrabook with the following specs:

3rd gen i5
< 3lbs
6+ hr battery life
13.3" screen
> 1366x768 resolution (i.e. 1600x900 or 1920x1080)

I'm thinking that basically limits me to either a current Asus Zenbook or Samsung Series 9. The cheapest I've seen anywhere meeting those specs is ~$1000-1100. I'd like to get it down to $700-800 or so...

Any other ideas?

ShortT 11-20-2012 10:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by desiyankee (Post 54990786)
Thank you. Repped.

I wonder if the Staples deal is a better one. People really like the Twist and turn feature on the tablet. However, the battery life on it isn't the greatest.

The Twist looks super cool except a bunch of little things make it a nogo for me. No SSD is a big one for me, which might just be vain but oh well. 4GB ram is light but not horrid, but then the basic Intel 4000 graphics, 3.5 lbs (nice for an ultrabook, but not a tablet), then the fact that it's $100-200 more than other comparable machines. Battery actually doesn't look like an issue for me, they're rating it for 7 hours.

There is a couple scary reviews on Amazon [amazon.com] about flickering screens though?? Overall positive reviews, but I don't like the idea of a swiveling screen that flickers.

ShortT 11-20-2012 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by swirlsaepi (Post 54993180)
See I'm looking for an ultrabook with the following specs:

3rd gen i5
< 3lbs
6+ hr battery life
13.3" screen
> 1366x768 resolution (i.e. 1600x900 or 1920x1080)

I'm thinking that basically limits me to either a current Asus Zenbook or Samsung Series 9. The cheapest I've seen anywhere meeting those specs is ~$1000-1100. I'd like to get it down to $700-800 or so...

Any other ideas?

Hm there's a deal at the Windows store that can come close:

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71, 128GB SSD, 2nd gen i7, 2.9lbs, 13.3, Intel HD 3000, 1600x900 - $899 [microsoftstore.com]

Not a 3rd gen, but it's an i7, so I think you come out ahead.

matteh 11-20-2012 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54993910)
Hm there's a deal at the Windows store that can come close:

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71, 128GB SSD, 2nd gen i7, 2.9lbs, 13.3, Intel HD 3000, 1600x900 - $899 [microsoftstore.com]

Not a 3rd gen, but it's an i7, so I think you come out ahead.

Why would you not get the $699 Asus from the MS Store over this one? From what i can tell, the only difference is on the $699 you get twice as much hard-drive.

viraj071 11-20-2012 11:08 AM

Lenovo U410 seems the best right now keeping in mind the Nvidia 610M it has anda more capacity ssd of 32gb. The battery life mentioned is about 8 hrs ... could it be because of the li-poly battery compared to li-ion in others ?

ShortT 11-20-2012 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matteh (Post 54995350)
Why would you not get the $699 Asus from the MS Store over this one? From what i can tell, the only difference is on the $699 you get twice as much hard-drive.

Oh wouldn't I love to. ;) It's OOS.

ShortT 11-20-2012 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by viraj071 (Post 54995476)
Lenovo U410 seems the best right now keeping in mind the Nvidia 610M it has anda more capacity ssd of 32gb. The battery life mentioned is about 8 hrs ... could it be because of the li-poly battery compared to li-ion in others ?

Yep, I'm right there too. I would absolutely LOVE to find a u410 refurb at the Lenovo outlet for a decent deal...refurbs don't bother me at all.

Probably going to hold off until I see what Apple does on BF. If the 13" MBA or MBP drops to the $900 range I'll probably spring for that.

technica 11-20-2012 11:26 AM

Never mind.

peppermint 11-20-2012 12:07 PM

looks like that sony is available from newegg now..

alleyus2000 11-20-2012 12:26 PM

Samsung Series 9
 
Any Samsung series 9 deals? It looks awesome.

alleyus2000 11-20-2012 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54996028)
Yep, I'm right there too. I would absolutely LOVE to find a u410 refurb at the Lenovo outlet for a decent deal...refurbs don't bother me at all.

Probably going to hold off until I see what Apple does on BF. If the 13" MBA or MBP drops to the $900 range I'll probably spring for that.

The 8 hrs battery life is deceptive, I read reviews on Amazon. Also this particular lenovo has a lot of wifi issues that users have reported and no solution from Lenovo. May be that is the reason Fry's is selling it off cheaply.

ShortT 11-20-2012 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alleyus2000 (Post 54999062)
The 8 hrs battery life is deceptive, I read reviews on Amazon. Also this particular lenovo has a lot of wifi issues that users have reported and no solution from Lenovo. May be that is the reason Fry's is selling it off cheaply.

I'm sure battery power will vary quite a bit. the difference between 6-8 hours doesn't really bother me.

And Lenovo has addressed the U410 wifi issues, supposedly no laptops manufactured after July 23, 2012 will have these issues. In fact they've also offered to have any laptops manufactured before that date repaired to correct the issues. So if you get one that has issues now (unlikely 6 months later), just call them to have it serviced.

You can read more about it here. [ultrabooknews.com]

ShortT 11-20-2012 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alleyus2000 (Post 54998974)
Any Samsung series 9 deals? It looks awesome.

Yeah those are sweet. About the best I've found is one about mid-$900 from Amazon [amazon.com] with I think and older i5 processor. Not much to get excited about.

gestorter 11-20-2012 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54996028)
Probably going to hold off until I see what Apple does on BF. If the 13" MBA or MBP drops to the $900 range I'll probably spring for that.

Yah, I will be curious what Apple does too.

Everyone was hoping for massive ultrabook drops this BF. But they don't seem to have come.

With Win 8 changing the game back to touchscreens, I would think merchants would want to clear out the ultrabooks out there now waiting for the next gen of devices. Maybe a bigger deal will come after the holidays?

swirlsaepi 11-20-2012 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54993910)
Hm there's a deal at the Windows store that can come close:

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71, 128GB SSD, 2nd gen i7, 2.9lbs, 13.3, Intel HD 3000, 1600x900 - $899 [microsoftstore.com]

Not a 3rd gen, but it's an i7, so I think you come out ahead.

Yeah I was wanting the 3rd gen more for the (slightly) better integrated HD4000 graphics versus the HD3000.

BoarderPH 11-20-2012 03:47 PM

Anybody have any thoughts on this sony?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...00_s00_i00

I know the biggest downfall is probably the lack of the SSD, but I figure that could always be swapped out if it was a real issue. I picked one up on an amazon lightning deal though for $630 which didn't seem bad with the lack of ultrabook deals listed for black friday. At least it's got the gen3 processer and HD4000 graphics.

ilikebike 11-20-2012 04:09 PM

Lenovo U310 13.3-Inch Ultrabook is going to be on sale on Thursday at Frys.com for in-store pickup. No word on pricing but I think it will be around $400

estat 11-20-2012 04:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55000214)
Yeah those are sweet. About the best I've found is one about mid-$900 from Amazon [amazon.com] with I think and older i5 processor. Not much to get excited about.

That's the old model.

The new one is $1299 and comes with a $100 Amazon GC.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature....&plgroup=1

Or you can just get the Windows 7 version for $1199.

That said, this is probably THE best ultrabook on the market right now.

SilverImpreza 11-20-2012 04:52 PM

Any chance of a sub 14" ultrabook with at least a 3rd gen i5 processor falling to below $500 or is it just a pipe dream?

briancl 11-20-2012 04:56 PM

how are acer ultrabooks? is the acer from walmart a bad deal?

attyveeru 11-20-2012 05:09 PM

How abt Dell Xps 14? How do we compare with Lenovo 410?

alleyus2000 11-20-2012 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SilverImpreza (Post 55010318)
Looking for a 14" or smaller screen with a decent builder (lenovo, asus, etc) with a 3rd gen i5. HDD and RAM isn't a big deal since I can always upgrade down the road. I don't really want to spend any more than $500 including any sales tax or shipping.

Is the BF Sam's club deal worth it? Or do you guys think something better will come along? There's quite a few compromises from low resolution to being built by HP. Is this combination at this price point feasible in the near future?

http://slickdeals.net/f/5538950-Sam-s-Club-Black-Friday-HP-Pavilion-14-b017cl-Sleekbook-Laptop-Computer-Intel-Core-i5-3317U-6GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-14-399?p=54989776#post54989776

Sorry, but please don't post any questions if they are not for ultrabook deals. Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by attyveeru (Post 55011088)
How abt Dell Xps 14? How do we compare with Lenovo 410?

I would say performance wise Dell XPS would be better but price wise Lenovo.

bloomonster 11-20-2012 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alleyus2000 (Post 54998974)
Any Samsung series 9 deals? It looks awesome.

Samsung is having their black Friday sales and it says the Samsung series 9 13 inch will go live on the 21st if you're interested.
Here's the link
http://km.email.samsungusa.com/sa...t-1112-252

I believe the code is samsungsneakpeek

missgord 11-20-2012 06:07 PM

thanks for organizing this and repped. I personally think none of these deals are great though. no full ssd deals on sale? when are the manufacturers going to stop pretending those are sooooo freaking expensive? the i3 toshiba deal is horrendously priced. if the i7 asus had a 256gb ssd we might be in business... perhaps i'm biased because i think these processors are totally over rated. id be totally happy with a super lightweight computer and a ssd, but those specs are always combined with i7's which jack up the price. i don't even think people need i7s so much as they want them - lets be honest, most of you just search sd's on your laptops anyway :)

kaultra 11-20-2012 06:16 PM

I had decided on the BJs ASUS but now after going to the store and checking it out I've changed my mind. I just didn't like the feel of it, especially the touchpad without the buttons to click with? Crazy right?

Can anyone recommend a deal on an ultrabook that includes a DVD drive that's not made by ASUS? I'm partial to HP I think. I don't really have the need for a powerful processor as I'm a casual laptop user.

Thanks.

SilverImpreza 11-20-2012 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alleyus2000 (Post 55012038)
Sorry, but please don't post any questions if they are not for ultrabook deals. Thanks!

Sorry, worded poorly. Let me reword my question.

Can we expect an ultrabook built by a solid company to fall in the sub $500 category with at least a 3rd gen i5 processor and sub 14" screen within the next few months? Or is this just really unlikely?

kaultra 11-20-2012 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaultra (Post 55013712)
I had decided on the BJs ASUS but now after going to the store and checking it out I've changed my mind. I just didn't like the feel of it, especially the touchpad without the buttons to click with? Crazy right?

Can anyone recommend a deal on an ultrabook that includes a DVD drive that's not made by ASUS? I'm partial to HP I think. I don't really have the need for a powerful processor as I'm a casual laptop user.

Thanks.


I guess I should have included that I'm looking for at least 14" screen. My eyesight doesn't feel good enough for anything smaller!

alleyus2000 11-20-2012 06:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SilverImpreza (Post 55013748)
Sorry, worded poorly. Let me reword my question.

Can we expect an ultrabook built by a solid company to fall in the sub $500 category with at least a 3rd gen i5 processor and sub 14" screen within the next few months? Or is this just really unlikely?

That's fine.

I think you might see one in that price range but it might be 3rd Gen i3 with 4gigs RAM. The dell inspiron 14z is already in the $599 range so it should go close to $500 soon.

alleyus2000 11-20-2012 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bloomonster (Post 55012650)
Samsung is having their black Friday sales and it says the Samsung series 9 13 inch will go live on the 21st if you're interested.
Here's the link
http://km.email.samsungusa.com/sa...t-1112-252

I believe the code is samsungsneakpeek

Thanks! Where do I put the code?

Repped.

Zeromus-X 11-20-2012 06:45 PM

Just be careful with your Series 9. I can attest to mine being fragile as hell. I've owned it less than a year and in that time one of the hinges has messed up (it catches on the lid, but Samsung refers to this as "physical damage" not covered under the warranty), the left button on the touchpad has lost its bounce-back and just sits flat at the bottom left corner rendering it useless unless you do a tap on the touchpad itself, and the AC adapter fell apart unplugging it from the wall. My Alienware m11x before this could have been dropped off the roof and not suffered any real damage. The S9 is one laptop I'd definitely recommend a warranty on that includes physical damage (such as Squaretrade with Accidental Damage, or a credit card that'll cover it).

alleyus2000 11-20-2012 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeromus-X (Post 55014774)
Just be careful with your Series 9. I can attest to mine being fragile as hell. I've owned it less than a year and in that time one of the hinges has messed up (it catches on the lid, but Samsung refers to this as "physical damage" not covered under the warranty), the left button on the touchpad has lost its bounce-back and just sits flat at the bottom left corner rendering it useless unless you do a tap on the touchpad itself, and the AC adapter fell apart unplugging it from the wall. My Alienware m11x before this could have been dropped off the roof and not suffered any real damage. The S9 is one laptop I'd definitely recommend a warranty on that includes physical damage (such as Squaretrade with Accidental Damage, or a credit card that'll cover it).


That's helpful. Thanks!

kitkatable 11-20-2012 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by passhnica (Post 54991036)
Do you have to be a BJ member to buy from bjs.com?

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54992580)
Thanks for asking this. With some poking I found that non-members can buy anything but have to pay a 5% surcharge ($29 for the Asus deal). Alternatively you can buy an annual BJ's member ship for $50 and pay no surcharge.

I'll add this detail to the wiki on that item.

http://www.bjs.com/biz/minisite_m..._cid=affil
60 day pass no surcharge. Valpak has been sending 90 day passes so check there. It's not on the valpak website.

shadowsjc 11-20-2012 08:20 PM

watching this thread as well. i need a new personal laptop and was seriously considering the Asus zenbook, but was hoping a good ultrabook deal would pop up around black friday.

what i'd like:

~3 lbs or less
~ ivy bridge processor
~ good battery life
~ $1000 or less

i would be willing to wait till christmas or beyond now that my job has given me a work issued lenovo x230. i absolutely hate lenovo but it will last me until i can find a good ultrabook deal

bloomonster 11-20-2012 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alleyus2000 (Post 55014194)
Thanks! Where do I put the code?

Repped.

Nvm I thought you had to enter that before they allowed you to enter the website.
I'm not sure what the price is, which we probably won't know until it goes live.

navik_pathak 11-20-2012 09:23 PM

Anyone seen any deals on Sony Vaio Z series? Thanks in advance

ShortT 11-20-2012 09:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SilverImpreza (Post 55013748)
Sorry, worded poorly. Let me reword my question.

Can we expect an ultrabook built by a solid company to fall in the sub $500 category with at least a 3rd gen i5 processor and sub 14" screen within the next few months? Or is this just really unlikely?

I think you'll be looking for an outlet deal on a refurbished model at this price point, maybe with an i5 but likely an i3 as the other poster said. I'm really curious to see what Cyber Monday brings.:bounce:

ShortT 11-20-2012 09:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bloomonster (Post 55012650)
Samsung is having their black Friday sales and it says the Samsung series 9 13 inch will go live on the 21st if you're interested.
Here's the link
http://km.email.samsungusa.com/sa...t-1112-252

I believe the code is samsungsneakpeek

Excellent intelligence thanks!

I'm interested to see how aggressive they get with this deal...Newegg [neweggbusiness.com]has this model for $1000 so maybe we can expect $800ish? Not sure I'm interested even at that price point...but who knows.

Hopefully it has a 3rd gen i5 instead of the older generation...

ShortT 11-20-2012 09:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by briancl (Post 55010504)
how are acer ultrabooks? is the acer from walmart a bad deal?

Specs-wise it's not a bad deal IMO, but not super hot either. I don't have personal experience with Acer ultrabook build quality.

ShortT 11-20-2012 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kitkatable (Post 55016122)
http://www.bjs.com/biz/minisite_m..._cid=affil
60 day pass no surcharge. Valpak has been sending 90 day passes so check there. It's not on the valpak website.

Reps for you, good info. Now only if I could get a digital version of this...no BJ's in NE Ohio or all of Ohio for that matter.

ShortT 11-20-2012 09:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadowsjc (Post 55018078)
watching this thread as well. i need a new personal laptop and was seriously considering the Asus zenbook, but was hoping a good ultrabook deal would pop up around black friday.

what i'd like:

~3 lbs or less
~ ivy bridge processor
~ good battery life
~ $1000 or less

i would be willing to wait till christmas or beyond now that my job has given me a work issued lenovo x230. i absolutely hate lenovo but it will last me until i can find a good ultrabook deal

Checked out this Asus Zenbook for $899 [microsoftstore.com]?

bloomonster 11-20-2012 09:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55021120)
Excellent intelligence thanks!

I'm interested to see how aggressive they get with this deal...Newegg [neweggbusiness.com]has this model for $1000 so maybe we can expect $800ish? Not sure I'm interested even at that price point...but who knows.

Hopefully it has a 3rd gen i5 instead of the older generation...

I've tried looking on all the other websites for this particular model and all of them are sold out. So we'll see hopefully it will be under 1k.

ShortT 11-20-2012 10:56 PM

If anyone needs a really good touchscreen machine: Sony Vaio T-series super machine ultrabook for $818:
https://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs...1644852023

1. Go to link.
2. Click on first 13.3" laptop listed.
3. Upgrade processor to 3rd gen i7
4. Upgrade to touch screen to see the $818 price

Most of the other touchscreens out there right now are $700 and most are i3's, so this a decent alternative.

Asharm35 11-21-2012 12:08 AM

does anyone know how to get the sony vaio t series touchscreen for the 730 price??? also any opinions on it??? which is the best touchscreen? i want this thing to last a couple years haha

TripleSeven 11-21-2012 12:35 AM

Can you guys can offer some advice here?

I'm looking for an ultrabook, with i5 or better, 4GB+ RAM, and at least 750GB hard drive, preferably 1 TB, and would love to have a separate numpad. Windows 8 would be nice as well. Has anyone seen this combination in the $500 range? I could go up to 700, but more than that would feel like a bad deal.

I am impressed with the Samsung and Asus designs. These two look like the best quality product, and I want something that will last up to five years. Vizio looked decent as well. Dell has given me broken hinges in the past, as has Toshiba. To be fair, those were from the early 2000s, but I remember them enough to not want to give those brands a fair chance. Do you guys think all Laptop makers offering the $500 range laptops make essentially a very good product today?

bluetrep 11-21-2012 12:54 AM

frys has lenovo u310 , 24gb SSd + 500GB i5, only $498, Thursday only

Siye 11-21-2012 01:26 AM

Live now |lSony VAIO T-series 13.3" TOUCHSCREEN ultrabook, 320 GB HDD + 32GB SSD, 3rd gen i7, Intel 4000 graphics - $730l[sony.com]l(note: you must upgrade the listed processor to the i7 to get this config and price).Touchscreen

I would like to know how you are getting this please.

I get 740 if I upgrade the cheapest 13.3 inch ultrabook to i5 and 810 is I upgrade it to i7.

Thank you

animageofmine 11-21-2012 02:22 AM

I wonder whether should I wait for cyber monday or black friday is better. Any idea how this has been historically ?

I am hoping that Lenovo Yoga drops down the price in $7xx range.

btw, why are all HDD's with 5400 RPM ? no love for 7200 ? obviously this is a fooling business. Call it ultrabooks and ship 5400 RPM disks. crap.

ufd108 11-21-2012 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by animageofmine (Post 55030116)
btw, why are all HDD's with 5400 RPM ? no love for 7200 ? obviously this is a fooling business. Call it ultrabooks and ship 5400 RPM disks. crap.

Because 7200 RPM drives consume much more power and generate more heat. This turns into shorter battery life and more engineering to get the heat out (i.e., higher cost or overheating laptop).

ShortT 11-21-2012 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Siye (Post 55028858)
Live now |lSony VAIO T-series 13.3" TOUCHSCREEN ultrabook, 320 GB HDD + 32GB SSD, 3rd gen i7, Intel 4000 graphics - $730l[sony.com]l(note: you must upgrade the listed processor to the i7 to get this config and price).Touchscreen

I would like to know how you are getting this please.

I get 740 if I upgrade the cheapest 13.3 inch ultrabook to i5 and 810 is I upgrade it to i7.

Thank you

This was an error originally...the real price for the i7 is $818.

viraj071 11-21-2012 09:50 AM

Which ultrabooks on sale during BF have backlight ?

ShortT 11-21-2012 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluetrep (Post 55028150)
frys has lenovo u310 , 24gb SSd + 500GB i5, only $498, Thursday only

This is a winner...dang I wish I lived near a Frys. From what I understand these are "shop online, pickup in store only" right?

gestorter 11-21-2012 10:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55023902)
If anyone needs a really good touchscreen machine: Sony Vaio T-series super machine ultrabook for $818:
https://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs...1644852023

1. Go to link.
2. Click on first 13.3" laptop listed.
3. Upgrade processor to 3rd gen i7
4. Upgrade to touch screen to see the $818 price

Most of the other touchscreens out there right now are $700 and most are i3's, so this a decent alternative.

This does not work for me. I wish it would! The problem is one customized feature is broken. Both options are unavailable and it is pulling an error code from that.


"Software Optimization:
One or more of the components you selected is unavailable. To order, select another component.
No Longer Available. No Fresh Start [ $0 base option ]
Fresh Start [ $0 ]"

Any suggestions?

viraj071 11-21-2012 10:10 AM

Guys check this review
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Revi...644.0.html

It clearly mentions that there is not a single screw that provides access to the innards of the laptop. Nothing can be upgraded or replaced.

This is a deal breaker for me.

holysocks 11-21-2012 10:41 AM

link for ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71 on the microsoft store does not work?

matteh 11-21-2012 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by viraj071 (Post 55044658)
Guys check this review
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Revi...644.0.html

It clearly mentions that there is not a single screw that provides access to the innards of the laptop. Nothing can be upgraded or replaced.

This is a deal breaker for me.

Yup, I saw that - kinda silly on Lenovo's part imho.

ShortT 11-21-2012 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by viraj071 (Post 55044658)
Guys check this review
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Revi...644.0.html

It clearly mentions that there is not a single screw that provides access to the innards of the laptop. Nothing can be upgraded or replaced.

This is a deal breaker for me.

Ok I'm interested in your thoughts here...I kinda figured that all ultrabooks are going to be non-upgradeable...am I wrong? I just figured most of them are going to go the way of sleek=no screws.

viraj071 11-21-2012 12:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55050596)
Ok I'm interested in your thoughts here...I kinda figured that all ultrabooks are going to be non-upgradeable...am I wrong? I just figured most of them are going to go the way of sleek=no screws.

You are right... I did not expect additional slots for more HDD or RAM but was hoping I could at least remove the primary HDD and replace it with higher capacity or SSD in the future.

ShortT 11-21-2012 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gestorter (Post 55044632)
This does not work for me. I wish it would! The problem is one customized feature is broken. Both options are unavailable and it is pulling an error code from that.


"Software Optimization:
One or more of the components you selected is unavailable. To order, select another component.
No Longer Available. No Fresh Start [ $0 base option ]
Fresh Start [ $0 ]"

Any suggestions?

Yep that config is OOS.

You can still get a 14" for $859 with the 3rd gen i7. Choose i7, Windows 8 64 bit, and Fresh Start options and you should be good to go. Not sure it's a slick deal at that point though...you call.

Asharm35 11-21-2012 12:09 PM

dang! thanks! do you think the touchscreen sony vaio is still a good deal for 818$$?

ShortT 11-21-2012 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Asharm35 (Post 55051042)
dang! thanks! do you think the touchscreen sony vaio is still a good deal for 818$$?

You mean assuming it was available? Yes, it's a solid deal if you really want a touchscreen. Again, like most of these deals, it's not smoking but it is respectable.

Quote:

Originally Posted by viraj071 (Post 55050870)
You are right... I did not expect additional slots for more HDD or RAM but was hoping I could at least remove the primary HDD and replace it with higher capacity or SSD in the future.

Turns out I'm wrong, at least for the Toshiba Z830, pretty easy to upgrade it appears [ultrabooknews.com].

ShortT 11-21-2012 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by viraj071 (Post 55050870)
You are right... I did not expect additional slots for more HDD or RAM but was hoping I could at least remove the primary HDD and replace it with higher capacity or SSD in the future.

Well turns out I'm wrong at least with the Toshiba Z830, pretty easy to upgrade apparently. [ultrabooknews.com]

eltrkbrd 11-21-2012 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by viraj071 (Post 55044658)
Guys check this review
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Revi...644.0.html

It clearly mentions that there is not a single screw that provides access to the innards of the laptop. Nothing can be upgraded or replaced.

This is a deal breaker for me.

I was wondering the same thing about the Lenovo u310 for $498 at Fry's; alas, I'll stick with my ol' trusty Asus UL30VT. I paid a whopping $250 for it and it serves my needs just fine.

Yes, that is most definitely a deal breaker for me too; I can't stand these proprietary computers that are increasingly being manufactured for planned obsolescence and vendor lock-in!

Now with Microsoft's newly adopted "jail made cool" philosophy to jump on the Apple bandwagon and lock down the Windows 8 bootloader (secure boot) it looks like proprietary hardware; not just proprietary software, will be the new norm in mainstream computing... Yay for mammon worship!

Let's just say that I'll be jumping ship before the imposition to Windows 8. GNU/Linux in the face of all this digital fascism is becoming more and more appealing; especially considering the future of P2P and open source hardware...

<rant />

Siye 11-21-2012 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55043572)
This was an error originally...the real price for the i7 is $818.

Oh, so did people actually manage to buy some units? Damn, I need to be faster if so, XD

rrrikin 11-21-2012 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55051928)
Well turns out I'm wrong at least with the Toshiba Z830, pretty easy to upgrade apparently. [ultrabooknews.com]

If you look at the following maintenance manual it does seem like you can open it and replace hdd if you want

http://download.lenovo.com/consum...nglish.pdf

harshey1388 11-21-2012 12:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by viraj071 (Post 55043576)
Which ultrabooks on sale during BF have backlight ?

This is something I want to know as well.... Which of these ultrabooks have a backlit keyboard??

Thanks in advance

saturnwings 11-21-2012 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eltrkbrd (Post 55052606)
Now with Microsoft's newly adopted "jail made cool" philosophy to jump on the Apple bandwagon and lock down the Windows 8 bootloader (secure boot) it looks like proprietary hardware; not just proprietary software, will be the new norm in mainstream computing... Yay for mammon worship!

Let's just say that I'll be jumping ship before the imposition to Windows 8. GNU/Linux in the face of all this digital fascism is becoming more and more appealing; especially considering the future of P2P and open source hardware...

Now, I could be wrong - goodness knows I don't pay enough attention to this stuff - but isn't the lockdown only on ARM devices? So far as I can tell, locking down these devices aren't necessarily a horrible thing for its intended audience since, for the most part, this is the RT/consumer audience, i.e. people who mostly don't mess with their hardware anyway. This seems to me the audience that would benefit from the lockdown.

Don't get me wrong. From a theoretical standpoint, I do have an issue with the lockdown and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but from a practical standpoint (and also from the standpoint of someone who probably won't buy an ARM Windows machine for any true productivity purposes), it doesn't seem a huge issue. There is a reason why Apple is so popular in certain markets, after all.

But maybe I'm wrong and MS is locking down the standard Windows machine, too. If that's true, then I guess I will make the switch to Linux finally, but the truth is that, from a practical standpoint, I can't fault MS's move here.

cheebai 11-21-2012 02:29 PM

i might be spoiled with some previous deals, but this is a sad ultrabook offering for BF. I'm hoping that cyber monday would be better than this.

MohammedQ 11-21-2012 02:39 PM

i am thinking about gettin the lenovo twist , but it has way to low resolution for a 700 dollar laptop

bricot 11-21-2012 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by o0adam0o (Post 54988972)
I'm pretty set on getting the Surface Pro next year. But i will keep an eye on this thread.

At this point I'd like to compare the Surface Pro and the Lenovo Yoga 13

anders 11-21-2012 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by menting (Post 55057738)
i might be spoiled with some previous deals, but this is a sad ultrabook offering for BF. I'm hoping that cyber monday would be better than this.

Many people seem to be disappointed with the BF ultrabook deals. Do you have any links to expired deals that were better or reason to expect better deals in the near future? I only started looking in the last week so I have nothing to compare against. I can wait a month or so if there will be better deals, but if not, I'll pull the trigger now.

tmt64 11-21-2012 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by harshey1388 (Post 55053628)
This is something I want to know as well.... Which of these ultrabooks have a backlit keyboard??

Thanks in advance

I know the Zenbook Prime has a backlit keyboard. The samsung Series 5 and the Lenovo U310/410 do not.

animageofmine 11-21-2012 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ufd108 (Post 55041972)
Because 7200 RPM drives consume much more power and generate more heat. This turns into shorter battery life and more engineering to get the heat out (i.e., higher cost or overheating laptop).

Understood. But the performance you get out of it is faster than 5400 RPM. SSDs are ideal, but that's way to expensive.

My personal opinion is that vendors are trying to make a selling point, which is cheap price, because a lot of non-tech consumers would not even notice or care about HDD speed. And I completely hate that. That's one of the reasons, Microsoft should jump into hardware business (they already have, but should add more line up)...

Quote:

Originally Posted by bricot (Post 55058962)
At this point I'd like to compare the Surface Pro and the Lenovo Yoga 13

I think surface pro will be smaller in screen size and battery life would be half of surface RT because of fully loaded OS.

MisterRunon 11-21-2012 06:11 PM

doesn't seem like there are any good deals going on. $500 for a 13.3 ultrabook with an i5 would be a "good" deal to me.

this 11.6" acer with an i5 and 4GB ram is going for $522.. could be sweeter with cashback http://www.adorama.com/ACV51716422R.html

if i had to buy something right now, that one might be it.

cheebai 11-21-2012 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anders (Post 55059678)
Many people seem to be disappointed with the BF ultrabook deals. Do you have any links to expired deals that were better or reason to expect better deals in the near future? I only started looking in the last week so I have nothing to compare against. I can wait a month or so if there will be better deals, but if not, I'll pull the trigger now.

well for one, I was able to get the Acer S3 from microsoft for 592 AFTER tax. It was 549 before tax for me. This was about 1.5 months ago

13.3"
1366x768 resolution
3lb
3rd gen core i7-3517U
4GB RAM
128GB SSD

I don't necessarily expect BF deals to be better than this, but I would expect at least something similar, or similar to a 3rd gen core i5 without SSD to be in the 400-450 range.

deliteguy 11-21-2012 08:04 PM

It's gotta be under $500 with an i5 and aluminum build. Too bad since I was really looking to get one this bf. These things are gonna drop since they are still a new segment, but it's just taking longer then I thought:(

beeb 11-21-2012 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55000024)
I'm sure battery power will vary quite a bit. the difference between 6-8 hours doesn't really bother me.

And Lenovo has addressed the U410 wifi issues, supposedly no laptops manufactured after July 23, 2012 will have these issues. In fact they've also offered to have any laptops manufactured before that date repaired to correct the issues. So if you get one that has issues now (unlikely 6 months later), just call them to have it serviced.

You can read more about it here. [ultrabooknews.com]

No they never addressed the issue IMO. The new ones still have very bad WiFi
When people reported what they got in their repair notes from the pre July units most said "updated drivers installed. Some said antenna wires moved. Some had atheros replaced broadcom some had intel replaced with atheros. I have a November U410 build with a N2230 and the wifi is fairly bad. the lenovo forums have just as many people with Sept, Oct and Nov builds with bad wifi as the pre July U410.

Ok, so a lot of laptops have poor wireless N speeds. Yes. But Lenovo makes it near impossible to replace it compared to other makers. The whitelist has no dual band on it and the mechanics of antenna placemnt for dual band in it are no fun either. Other makes excepting HP, which also has a very small whitelist, are easier to throw a dual band in.

Also the battery is pretty bad. It is a four cell battery. That claimed 11 hours way off base. it is more like five hours. Really four hours since the on-battery settings are insanely aggressive: low power to already weak wifi, screen fully dimmed on a screen with an already low brightness

It is a biatch because it is otherwise a fine laptop with solid build, a heck of a spec set for the money. I wanted to keep mine, but it is going back.

Maybe others will be lucky with their wifi. But I strongly suggest no one buy this for a retailer without a liberal return policy. Test the wifi and see for yourself. Keep in mind changing to a dual band is a particular hassle on the U410 and U310 compared to other makes

ShortT 11-21-2012 10:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beeb (Post 55076694)
No they never addressed the issue IMO. The new ones still have very bad WiFi
When people reported what they got in their repair notes from the pre July units most said "updated drivers installed. Some said antenna wires moved. Some had atheros replaced broadcom some had intel replaced with atheros. I have a November U410 build with a N2230 and the wifi is fairly bad. the lenovo forums have just as many people with Sept, Oct and Nov builds with bad wifi as the pre July U410.

Ok, so a lot of laptops have poor wireless N speeds. Yes. But Lenovo makes it near impossible to replace it compared to other makers. The whitelist has no dual band on it and the mechanics of antenna placemnt for dual band in it are no fun either. Other makes excepting HP, which also has a very small whitelist, are easier to throw a dual band in.

Also the battery is pretty bad. It is a four cell battery. That claimed 11 hours way off base. it is more like five hours. Really four hours since the on-battery settings are insanely aggressive: low power to already weak wifi, screen fully dimmed on a screen with an already low brightness

It is a biatch because it is otherwise a fine laptop with solid build, a heck of a spec set for the money. I wanted to keep mine, but it is going back.

Maybe others will be lucky with their wifi. But I strongly suggest no one buy this for a retailer without a liberal return policy. Test the wifi and see for yourself. Keep in mind changing to a dual band is a particular hassle on the U410 and U310 compared to other makes

Very informative, thanks, repped and duly noted. I might wander around a bit from my original u410 fancy.

ShortT 11-21-2012 11:55 PM

Updated the wiki. Somewhat notable addition:

Vizio 14in Thin + Light CT14-A1 ultrabook (1600x900/i5-3317U/128GB SSD/4GB/HD4000) $649+FS [microsoftstore.com]

Buckeyefan 1 11-22-2012 12:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 55085122)

Looks like it's been this price for over a month, according to the first review. Very nice unit.

animageofmine 11-22-2012 02:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by menting (Post 55067834)
well for one, I was able to get the Acer S3 from microsoft for 592 AFTER tax. It was 549 before tax for me. This was about 1.5 months ago

13.3"
1366x768 resolution
3lb
3rd gen core i7-3517U
4GB RAM
128GB SSD

I don't necessarily expect BF deals to be better than this, but I would expect at least something similar, or similar to a 3rd gen core i5 without SSD to be in the 400-450 range.

Was this Win7/8, touchscreen/no touch ?

Btw, I see a bunch of different processors, all quoting 3rd generation i5. Then I did some research and found this link: http://ark.intel.com/products/family/65504, which confused me more.

Do you know which one is better out of these two: 1) i5-3317U [intel.com] 2) i5-3210M [intel.com]

1) is found in Acer ultrabook [bestbuy.com]
2) is found in Sony VAIO [sony.com]

bestco 11-22-2012 03:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by animageofmine (Post 55092940)
Was this Win7/8, touchscreen/no touch ?

Btw, I see a bunch of different processors, all quoting 3rd generation i5. Then I did some research and found this link: http://ark.intel.com/products/family/65504, which confused me more.

Do you know which one is better out of these two: 1) i5-3317U [intel.com] 2) i5-3210M [intel.com]

1) is found in Acer ultrabook [bestbuy.com]
2) is found in Sony VAIO [sony.com]

let me take a guess, 3317u is for Ultrabooks and 3210M is for regular laptops.

fatbat 11-22-2012 04:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55097194)
let me take a guess, 3317u is for Ultrabooks and 3210M is for regular laptops.

Actually I read somewhere that the "U" is for lower-powered, as in energy efficient. But that could also mean less performance.
Not sure about those specific processors though.

Impaulsible321 11-22-2012 05:03 AM

fyi seems like all Frys in the south bay ran out of Lenovo u410 and u310. 2 came up at the campbell location but those were demo models.

dizpnoizall4u 11-22-2012 05:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Impaulsible321 (Post 55098564)
fyi seems like all Frys in the south bay ran out of Lenovo u410 and u310. 2 came up at the campbell location but those were demo models.

Interesting how they are out of those models before they were even on sale.

Maybe they won't go live until 9AM?

Even then still, I would stay weary about those laptops since they have a known Wi-fi problem. I pulled the trigger on the Sony Ultrabook thats on sale on NewEgg. It's the basically the same laptop at same price (a dollar more expensive) on Fry's Friday ad.

jackals 11-22-2012 07:45 AM

What about this 1 guys....

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Zenboo...book+UX32A

cheebai 11-22-2012 09:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fatbat (Post 55098280)
Actually I read somewhere that the "U" is for lower-powered, as in energy efficient. But that could also mean less performance.
Not sure about those specific processors though.

yes, U is low powered, so lower performance by default, although it can turbo up more bins that non U series.
Most ultrabooks will have a U series cpu.

cheebai 11-22-2012 09:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by animageofmine (Post 55092940)
Was this Win7/8, touchscreen/no touch ?

Btw, I see a bunch of different processors, all quoting 3rd generation i5. Then I did some research and found this link: http://ark.intel.com/products/family/65504, which confused me more.

Do you know which one is better out of these two: 1) i5-3317U [intel.com] 2) i5-3210M [intel.com]

1) is found in Acer ultrabook [bestbuy.com]
2) is found in Sony VAIO [sony.com]

win 7, no touch. Frankly windows 8 means it's only 15 bucks more, and I still get to keep windows 7 as well, so it's better. As for touch screen, it's fine not having one, as I dont like the idea of touching my computer screen (played with it some in microsoftstore, didn't care too much for it)

as for the CPU, the M version will be faster, but the M version is 35W cpu, whereas the U version is 17W cpu. Ultrabooks will use the U version to keep power low and temps lower.
If you want absolute speed, Ultrabooks won't be able to compare to non ultrabooks

animageofmine 11-22-2012 10:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by menting (Post 55110592)
win 7, no touch. Frankly windows 8 means it's only 15 bucks more, and I still get to keep windows 7 as well, so it's better. As for touch screen, it's fine not having one, as I dont like the idea of touching my computer screen (played with it some in microsoftstore, didn't care too much for it)

as for the CPU, the M version will be faster, but the M version is 35W cpu, whereas the U version is 17W cpu. Ultrabooks will use the U version to keep power low and temps lower.
If you want absolute speed, Ultrabooks won't be able to compare to non ultrabooks

hmm, how is it working out for you so far, win8 without touch ? I found it a little weird using metro interface with mouse and keyboard (unless there is a keyboard shortcut for everything).

Btw, thank you so much for the explanation. Makes perfect sense. Repped you for the explanation.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55097194)
let me take a guess, 3317u is for Ultrabooks and 3210M is for regular laptops.

that makes sense, journeyman also cited the same. thanks a lot buddy !

anikemike2 11-22-2012 10:18 AM

thanks

atluu 11-22-2012 11:21 AM

Anyone had any experience with the Lenovo carbon x1? I'm really thinking of buying it.

skoopie 11-22-2012 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atluu (Post 55116980)
Anyone had any experience with the Lenovo carbon x1? I'm really thinking of buying it.

I'm planning on getting one in the next day or two. Everything I've read is that it's very sleek with some display issues. Also read one review that read the monitor hinge is not as durable as the thinkpad T430 silver hinge but still probably good enough..

This is a good overview - http://www.techradar.com/reviews/...cleContent

skoopie 11-22-2012 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atluu (Post 55116980)
Anyone had any experience with the Lenovo carbon x1? I'm really thinking of buying it.

Also, forgot to mention that of the 128GB SSD harddrive, only about 50GB is useable. Rest is used for bloat software/partition/backup functions.

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/lenov...011-2.html

bestco 11-22-2012 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by animageofmine (Post 55112234)
hmm, how is it working out for you so far, win8 without touch ? I found it a little weird using metro interface with mouse and keyboard (unless there is a keyboard shortcut for everything).

Yes Metro is for touch screen, but touchscreen is ideal for smaller screen tablets. On a larger screen (13" and up laptops) it works much better with a mouse/keyboard combo.

I keep hearing that a lot of people spend 99% of their time on Win8 desktop mode.

ourwish11 11-22-2012 12:46 PM

Which one is the best bang for your buck? I want an ultrabook but need a really slick deal to buy it

I think i've seen better ultrabook sales on non black friday sales... the acer s3 $499 from walmart was $339 just 2 months ago from staples...

sujittarun 11-22-2012 01:06 PM

suggest me a ultrabook with i5, backlight keyboard below600$

dodgers2016win 11-22-2012 01:49 PM

......

wb973 11-22-2012 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dodgers2011Win (Post 55124818)
......

Weight 6.2lb. How can this be an ultra book?

animageofmine 11-22-2012 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sujittarun (Post 55122646)
suggest me a ultrabook with i5, backlight keyboard below600$

what have you done so far ?

atluu 11-22-2012 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skoopie (Post 55118762)
Also, forgot to mention that of the 128GB SSD harddrive, only about 50GB is useable. Rest is used for bloat software/partition/backup functions.

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/lenov...011-2.html

Can't you just reformatted to clear all the bloat ? If not, is there more another hard drive on it? Can you upgrade the hhd/SSD ?

ZzBloopzZ 11-22-2012 03:10 PM

Dupe post... sorry.

ZzBloopzZ 11-22-2012 03:14 PM

Picked up the HP 4-1110US earlier from Amazon's Lighting Deals for $500 shipped. http://www.amazon.com/HP-4-1110us...s=4-1110us

Amazon has it listed at incorrect weight, actual is 3.86LBS.

I think laptop is very attractive, and since this is for my Sister it is perfect for college and will run Sims 3 just fine.

They have another lightning deal at 3:39 PM PST for the AMD quad version: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...PDKIKX0DER

MisterRunon 11-22-2012 03:19 PM

15.6" screens is not considered ultrabook in any way or fashion.

and i am losing hope that there will be any good deals this season. i would think that an i5 13.3" ultrabook for $550 is considered good, an an i3 under $400.

this seems like the best ultrabook deal so far, but i don't even want the win 8.. plus CA taxes will kill the price. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+...&cp=1&lp=1

ZzBloopzZ 11-22-2012 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MisterRunon (Post 55128100)
15.6" screens is not considered ultrabook in any way or fashion.

and i am losing hope that there will be any good deals this season. i would think that an i5 13.3" ultrabook for $550 is considered good, an an i3 under $400.

this seems like the best ultrabook deal so far, but i don't even want the win 8.. plus CA taxes will kill the price. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+...&cp=1&lp=1

Thought ultrabooks were mainly categorized by weight and thickness? IE: under 5LBS?

That Asus looks slick, but screen is too small IMO... would rather get a iPad 4th gen personally.

tmt64 11-22-2012 03:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MisterRunon (Post 55128100)
15.6" screens is not considered ultrabook in any way or fashion.

and i am losing hope that there will be any good deals this season. i would think that an i5 13.3" ultrabook for $550 is considered good, an an i3 under $400.

this seems like the best ultrabook deal so far, but i don't even want the win 8.. plus CA taxes will kill the price. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+...&cp=1&lp=1

2nd gen i3 ... nahhh

Cseasides 11-22-2012 03:46 PM

Was just bout to check out on Frys.com for the 14" Lenovo Ideapad ultrabook ($600), but I checked Lenovo's website and their Black Friday doorbuster is the same model (U410) with 3rd generation i7 and 8GB memory, 1TB 5400RPM hard drive +32GB SSD for $769. Now I'm conflicted.

Any thoughts?

tmt64 11-22-2012 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cseasides (Post 55129002)
Was just bout to check out on Frys.com for the 14" Lenovo Ideapad ultrabook ($600), but I checked Lenovo's website and their Black Friday doorbuster is the same model (U410) with 3rd generation i7 and 8GB memory, 1TB 5400RPM hard drive +32GB SSD for $769. Now I'm conflicted.

Any thoughts?

I would stay away from the u310/410 due to wifi issues:

http://ultrabooknews.com/2012/08/...lty-units/

roltzje 11-22-2012 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmt64 (Post 55129220)
I would stay away from the u310/410 due to wifi issues:

http://ultrabooknews.com/2012/08/...lty-units/

I bought a U310 from Frys, pretty fantastic deal for what you get.. 3rd gen i5, slim, quality chassis. Not too worried about the WiFi issues, the card is Intel (I know since it has WiDi), and by now I'm assuming they would have fixed the issues.. its been 3 months since that article

MisterRunon 11-22-2012 04:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZzBloopzZ (Post 55128294)
Thought ultrabooks were mainly categorized by weight and thickness? IE: under 5LBS?

That Asus looks slick, but screen is too small IMO... would rather get a iPad 4th gen personally.

it's a loosely used term, but usually implies it's lightweight and thin. there has never been a 15.6" laptop that any retailer has called an "ultrabook." 14.1 is the largest that would be considered.

i don't even consider a 14.1" to be an ultraportable though, because they have optical drives.. so how thin and lightweight can they be?

ZzBloopzZ 11-22-2012 04:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MisterRunon (Post 55130692)
it's a loosely used term, but usually implies it's lightweight and thin. there has never been a 15.6" laptop that any retailer has called an "ultrabook." 14.1 is the largest that would be considered.

i don't even consider a 14.1" to be an ultraportable though, because they have optical drives.. so how thin and lightweight can they be?

Ah! Gotcha, thanks for being polite about it... rare these days on SD sadly. :c(

redls1 11-22-2012 05:10 PM

Am I the only one that thinks the Best Buy Hp Eny 14" i7 for $629 decent? What am I missing?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+...&cp=1&lp=4

couponhunter 11-22-2012 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redls1 (Post 55133324)
Am I the only one that thinks the Best Buy Hp Eny 14" i7 for $629 decent? What am I missing?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+...&cp=1&lp=4

People like me won't settle for 1366x768 resolution. That maybe it.

redls1 11-22-2012 05:32 PM

Looked at my old laptop and atleast the resolution is the same. I gain in everything else. Lol everything.

bloomonster 11-22-2012 07:21 PM

Anyone interested in the samsung series 9 ultrabook. Tigerdirect is having it on sale for $900 which is 100 cheaper than anywhere else & freeshipping.
It's their newest model NP900x3d with windows 8.
Here's the link.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...No=4917326

Seroc 11-22-2012 07:28 PM

Anyone know the specifications of the upcoming Amazon lightning deal at 10 PM?

Versatile Intel-powered ASUS laptop computer

Loan_Crusader 11-22-2012 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Seroc (Post 55140472)
Anyone know the specifications of the upcoming Amazon lightning deal at 10 PM?

Versatile Intel-powered ASUS laptop computer

More than likely a pentium based 401u was on sale earlier

WhoBeDaPlaya 11-22-2012 08:44 PM

Ended up getting the 11.6" ASUS Q200E from BestBuy.

gdw2 11-22-2012 09:52 PM

Several of the Microsoft Store deals just dropped. The 14" vizio is now $499!

SDELNICK 11-22-2012 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gdw2 (Post 55147588)
Several of the Microsoft Store deals just dropped. The 14" vizio is now $499!

Yep just placed an order for
i7
OOS | ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71, 128GB SSD, 2nd gen i7, 2.9lbs, 13.3, Intel HD 3000, 1600x900 - $899 [microsoftstore.com]

it was $699

aodizon 11-22-2012 10:59 PM

HP - ENVY Touch-Screen Ultrabook 14" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive or Toshiba - Satellite 14" Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive ???

Both available for $599 at bestbuy.com.

Corrosive 11-22-2012 11:03 PM

I'm guessing staples BF deals *such as the twist* are not online?

netwreck94 11-22-2012 11:09 PM

MicrosoftStore $500 Vizio is OOS....although I have no idea how since their website is absolutely atrocious. Just wasted the last 2 hours trying to checkout with nothing but timeout errors until it went OOS. Unbelievable

xenidus 11-22-2012 11:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bloomonster (Post 55140102)
Anyone interested in the samsung series 9 ultrabook. Tigerdirect is having it on sale for $900 which is 100 cheaper than anywhere else & freeshipping.
It's their newest model NP900x3d with windows 8.
Here's the link.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...No=4917326

Just an FYI: "newest model" is actually using last gen processor and has half the ram of the C generation. In other words, they are cheaper due to them getting a good contract deal on 2nd gen intel processors and by skimping on system ram. 4gb is still good, but I'm not sure it is upgradeable to 8gb (I think it is soldered onto the mother board.)

fakeyfakerson 11-23-2012 12:10 AM

Alright I'm not picky but I can't seem to find any deals this week to fit my needs. What I'm looking for:

13-14 inch screen @ 1366x768 or 1600x900
3rd gen i5 or i7 with HD 4000 graphics (would consider i3 if cheap enough)
4gb-8gb ram
3-4 pounds
4+ hour battery life

price range anywhere from $300-$550


Even with these broad specs I'm not seeing anything that fits my needs. I've seen a few that fit the bottom of my specs at the top of my price range (i.e. 13 inch screen, i3, 4gb ram, 1366x768, 4 pounds etc for $500)

Am I being unreasonable or are the deals just not that great at the moment? Right now it seems my best bet is buying a used ultrabook off of craigslist or something

Corrosive 11-23-2012 12:37 AM

Staples deal is live... just bit

jjbrooks75 11-23-2012 12:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDELNICK (Post 55149626)
Yep just placed an order for
i7
OOS | ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71, 128GB SSD, 2nd gen i7, 2.9lbs, 13.3, Intel HD 3000, 1600x900 - $899 [microsoftstore.com]

it was $699

already sold out of the zenbook on microsoft site.. that was a slick deal. :/

parakh 11-23-2012 12:58 AM

Thinkpad twist is live now. For those not in line.

Corrosive 11-23-2012 01:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by parakh (Post 55159104)
Thinkpad twist is live now. For those not in line.

I picked one up too and its still alive. I'm thinking its because of the weird time that they activated it, 699 seems like a good enough deal to me.

ferric 11-23-2012 02:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrosive (Post 55163238)
I picked one up too and its still alive. I'm thinking its because of the weird time that they activated it, 699 seems like a good enough deal to me.

Possibly because the engadget review is a bit negative, but agreed that it is a good deal: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/2...st-review/

ferric 11-23-2012 02:21 AM

Good deal
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrosive (Post 55163238)
I picked one up too and its still alive. I'm thinking its because of the weird time that they activated it, 699 seems like a good enough deal to me.

Possibly because the engadget review is a bit negative, but agreed that it is a good deal: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/2...st-review/

Corrosive 11-23-2012 02:33 AM

ECHO, lol. Ya, I read that comparison this morning and still made the buy. My only real negative to this was the screen, I thought the resolution would be on the lower end. The fact that its IPS and <13 means that the pixel count is on the higher side (usually 1366x768 is on 13+) made me think that it would be acceptable. At 899+ this would not be a "good buy" seeing as only a little more gets you a yoga with an SSD+better resolution. At 699 you are then throwing it in a whole different category. I was able to pick up a 256 SSD for 99 which I plan to promptly install which will make the computer much more useable and will raise it closer to its competition. Lenovo has a solid track record with the thinkpad line and if its build quality is up to par, this really should be one of the better buys of BF.

*Kinda sucks that its on the newer side so there are very few reviews out there. I feel I read every single one and watched every darn video in the past hr or so.

ambercrombe 11-23-2012 06:00 AM

I am undecided between Asus@BJs=$579+Tax and Dell@Amazon=$599 [amazon.com].

Want to buy a lightweight and reliable ultrabook for my parents (main use net browsing and checking email, skype). Any feedback on which one to go with?

Anthony31188 11-23-2012 06:13 AM

Anyone else get the Sony on newegg?

Anthony31188 11-23-2012 06:17 AM

I bought this Sony. $799 marked down to $599. Also yesterday they threw in a $100 bag for $1. I don't see this anymore though. Shocked this wasn't talked about more because it seemed like the best ultrabook deal by far to me.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834127830

shykathir 11-23-2012 07:01 AM

so far i haven't got good deal on laptop on this BF... very bad..

firemedic1343 11-23-2012 07:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anthony31188 (Post 55170854)
I bought this Sony. $799 marked down to $599. Also yesterday they threw in a $100 bag for $1. I don't see this anymore though. Shocked this wasn't talked about more because it seemed like the best ultrabook deal by far to me.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834127830


Good Ultrabook. But, I don't like the specs on many of them that I've seen. For example the resolution is 1366 x 768, which for the screen size isn't bad, but I'd like better.

Also, the 4GB of ram and the 5400 RPM HDD give me pause.

Still good, but not for me. I may have to wait to buy an Ultrabook in the future...or go back to the future.

dd4273280 11-23-2012 07:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anthony31188 (Post 55170854)
I bought this Sony. $799 marked down to $599. Also yesterday they threw in a $100 bag for $1. I don't see this anymore though. Shocked this wasn't talked about more because it seemed like the best ultrabook deal by far to me.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834127830

this is not touch screen,but same price.

Anthony31188 11-23-2012 08:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dd4273280 (Post 55174230)
this is not touch screen,but same price.


I saw the one with the i3 processor and 330gb hard drive for the same price. I'd rather have the faster processor and no touch. I don't see myself reaching out to touch the screen anyway.

Anthony31188 11-23-2012 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by firemedic1343 (Post 55172648)
Good Ultrabook. But, I don't like the specs on many of them that I've seen. For example the resolution is 1366 x 768, which for the screen size isn't bad, but I'd like better.

Also, the 4GB of ram and the 5400 RPM HDD give me pause.

Still good, but not for me. I may have to wait to buy an Ultrabook in the future...or go back to the future.

I THINK it might be a mistake on the 4GB of ram, the exact same model number on songs website is 6GB. Either way it'll be fine ft what I'm doing....Internet and email.


Said you don't like the specs on a lot of ultrabooks....to me it sounds like you want a laptop and not an ultrabook. They're not meant to be power houses know what I mean? They're meant for basic computing I think.

matteh 11-23-2012 09:40 AM

Just went for the Lenovo Y480 for $729 + Tax + FS on Lenovo's site. The only negatives, for me, are the 1TB HDD @ 5400 (but I plan on upgrading this to SSD at some point) and the screen.

Discover has 5% cashback + 10% Lenovo cashback + 2% cashback special on purchases made today, which brings the total price down for me (in NC) to around $647 (similar to the Fry's offer but this one has a better graphics card).

3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor( 2.40GHz 6MB)
Windows 8 64
NVIDIA GeForce GT650M 2GB
8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
1TB 5400 rpm

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrar...#techspecs

tmt64 11-23-2012 10:13 AM

Got the Asus zenbook prime ux32a with 3rd gen i5 on amazon for 800 + 200 amazon gift card. Pretty slick deal Imo.

Anthony31188 11-23-2012 10:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matteh (Post 55179470)
Just went for the Lenovo Y480 for $729 + Tax + FS on Lenovo's site. The only negatives, for me, are the 1TB HDD @ 5400 (but I plan on upgrading this to SSD at some point) and the screen.

Discover has 5% cashback + 10% Lenovo cashback + 2% cashback special on purchases made today, which brings the total price down for me (in NC) to around $647 (similar to the Fry's offer but this one has a better graphics card).

3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor( 2.40GHz 6MB)
Windows 8 64
NVIDIA GeForce GT650M 2GB
8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
1TB 5400 rpm

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrar...#techspecs


Wow that's a fantastic deal. How do you get 10% cash back for lenevo?

firemedic1343 11-23-2012 10:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anthony31188 (Post 55177310)
I THINK it might be a mistake on the 4GB of ram, the exact same model number on songs website is 6GB. Either way it'll be fine ft what I'm doing....Internet and email.


Said you don't like the specs on a lot of ultrabooks....to me it sounds like you want a laptop and not an ultrabook. They're not meant to be power houses know what I mean? They're meant for basic computing I think.


They will do what you need, anything will do what you are using it for. They are being introduced with slightly underwhelming specs and a very nice form factor.

That will not stay like that. It's inevitable with PC's that they enter the spec war. We're not talking Apple or Nintendo here.

MBWD 11-23-2012 10:26 AM

So I picked up the HP Envy 4 [bjs.com] from the Microsoft site for $599 late last night thinking it was better to get some deal than no deal.

Now I'm wondering if the Asus deal at BJ's [bjs.com] is better -- the specs are largely identical, with any "wins" going to the Asus -- and its $20 cheaper.

If someone has an opinion on these two -- I'd love to hear it. Or even reasons why no one is buying the Asus deal, which seems pretty decent?

Thanks.

Asharm35 11-23-2012 10:26 AM

can you upgrade RAM and the hard drive to ssd on the lenovo twist? i want to get it but that is a downside

skoopie 11-23-2012 10:27 AM

Where are you getting the 10% cash back? e bates is 8% and fatwallet is 5%....confused :\

Quote:

Originally Posted by matteh (Post 55179470)
Just went for the Lenovo Y480 for $729 + Tax + FS on Lenovo's site. The only negatives, for me, are the 1TB HDD @ 5400 (but I plan on upgrading this to SSD at some point) and the screen.

Discover has 5% cashback + 10% Lenovo cashback + 2% cashback special on purchases made today, which brings the total price down for me (in NC) to around $647 (similar to the Fry's offer but this one has a better graphics card).

3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor( 2.40GHz 6MB)
Windows 8 64
NVIDIA GeForce GT650M 2GB
8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
1TB 5400 rpm

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrar...#techspecs


firemedic1343 11-23-2012 10:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matteh (Post 55179470)
Just went for the Lenovo Y480 for $729 + Tax + FS on Lenovo's site. The only negatives, for me, are the 1TB HDD @ 5400 (but I plan on upgrading this to SSD at some point) and the screen.

Discover has 5% cashback + 10% Lenovo cashback + 2% cashback special on purchases made today, which brings the total price down for me (in NC) to around $647 (similar to the Fry's offer but this one has a better graphics card).

3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor( 2.40GHz 6MB)
Windows 8 64
NVIDIA GeForce GT650M 2GB
8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
1TB 5400 rpm

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrar...#techspecs

10% Lenovo would make me interested, please someone tell me how to do this!

Anthony31188 11-23-2012 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skoopie (Post 55181932)
Where are you getting the 10% cash back? e bates is 8% and fatwallet is 5%....confused :\

I did some research on this Y480. I don't really see how it qualifies as an ultrabook. It's a great laptop with good specs. But the battery only lasts 3-3.5 hours so it definitely isn't something that's great for traveling. And basically it has gaming laptop specs but anyone that wants a gaming machine with those specs would not want that screen resolution. Still seems like a good deal. But it's not really 40% off considering that it goes for around $650 on other sites like amazon. Don't think it's a slick deal....

matteh 11-23-2012 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anthony31188 (Post 55181364)
Wow that's a fantastic deal. How do you get 10% cash back for lenevo?

You need to have a Discover credit card, then when when you've logged into the Discover Card website you get an additional 10% off at Lenovo.

Corrosive 11-23-2012 10:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Asharm35 (Post 55181900)
can you upgrade RAM and the hard drive to ssd on the lenovo twist? i want to get it but that is a downside

The ram is not user upgradable. The HDD can be swapped to an SSD pretty easily.

risbans 11-23-2012 10:58 AM

anyway to combine discover cashback and lenovo epp?

CheriseS 11-23-2012 11:06 AM

I can't find any deals for what I'm looking for this year. Does anyone know of an ultrabook that has:
- 13"-14" screen
- 128GB SSD or larger
- Backlit keyboard
- long battery life 5hrs or more?

Thanks!

skoopie 11-23-2012 11:23 AM

For those who don't have Discover (like me), e bates is having a bonus cash back so it's 8% instead of the standard 2.5%. I used fatwallet cash back yesterday at 5% but cancelled the order by chatting with a lenovo rep and will use the e bates 8% to save an extra $50 on my fully loaded X1 order. Will be using my Amex so i'll double the manufacturer warranty...

Quote:

Originally Posted by matteh (Post 55183316)
You need to have a Discover credit card, then when when you've logged into the Discover Card website you get an additional 10% off at Lenovo.


ambercrombe 11-23-2012 12:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmt64 (Post 55181238)
Got the Asus zenbook prime ux32a with 3rd gen i5 on amazon for 800 + 200 amazon gift card. Pretty slick deal Imo.

how did you get the $200 gift card?

zzzpcpzzz 11-23-2012 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDELNICK (Post 55149626)
Yep just placed an order for
i7
OOS | ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-XH71, 128GB SSD, 2nd gen i7, 2.9lbs, 13.3, Intel HD 3000, 1600x900 - $899 [microsoftstore.com]

it was $699

I was able to buy this laptop but have not received email confirmation. How long does that take at MS store? I am wondering whether I should be on the lookout for a laptop still b/c this order won't get shipped.

Anyone know what the lab is between ordering and confirmation at MS Store? I ordered between 1 and 2 AM central time.

tmt64 11-23-2012 12:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ambercrombe (Post 55187600)
how did you get the $200 gift card?

Click on the product link in this thread: http://slickdeals.net/f/5563654-Asus-Zenbook-Prime-UX32A-DB51-ivy-bridge-i5-13-3-1366x768-200-amazon-gift-card-800

and then click "add both to cart" under Special Offers and Product Promotions

fatbat 11-23-2012 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmt64 (Post 55181238)
Got the Asus zenbook prime ux32a with 3rd gen i5 on amazon for 800 + 200 amazon gift card. Pretty slick deal Imo.

Thanks! Did not know there was that promo running! Got an ASUS. :)

bestco 11-23-2012 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmt64 (Post 55181238)
Got the Asus zenbook prime ux32a with 3rd gen i5 on amazon for 800 + 200 amazon gift card. Pretty slick deal Imo.

seriously considering it!

wb973 11-23-2012 12:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55189534)
seriously considering it!

Review is pretty bad

bestco 11-23-2012 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wb973 (Post 55190560)
Review is pretty bad

Newegg's reviews are all 5-eggs :)

couponhunter 11-23-2012 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55190974)
Newegg's reviews are all 5-eggs :)

1366x768 resolution
5400 rpm hard drive
Integrated video card
5 hour battery
$600 (considering you have something to buy with the other $200).

If any of that was better, I would have bought it.

P.S - Newegg has been known to screen reviews and remove the ones with terrible ratings.

maverick712 11-23-2012 01:31 PM

Just picked up a 14z ultrabook with i7 1.9 processor for $699 less 20% discount less $75 promo gift card (with purchase of $400 gift card). So total delivered as $533 to my door. This is from Dell outlet. I was gonna get the i5 but couldn't pass up the deal for the i7.

fakeyfakerson 11-23-2012 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maverick712 (Post 55192538)
Just picked up a 14z ultrabook with i7 1.9 processor for $699 less 20% discount less $75 promo gift card (with purchase of $400 gift card). So total delivered as $533 to my door. This is from Dell outlet. I was gonna get the i5 but couldn't pass up the deal for the i7.

Details on this?

MBWD 11-23-2012 02:49 PM

Please do post the details, including a link for the discounts and promo code. All I saw on the outlet website were refurbs.

Quote:

Originally Posted by maverick712 (Post 55192538)
Just picked up a 14z ultrabook with i7 1.9 processor for $699 less 20% discount less $75 promo gift card (with purchase of $400 gift card). So total delivered as $533 to my door. This is from Dell outlet. I was gonna get the i5 but couldn't pass up the deal for the i7.


maverick712 11-23-2012 02:55 PM

Here is the link that explains the discounts i got. Yes these are refurbs or scratch and dent but they come with the same warranty as new ones. There are sometimes some that say "outlet net".

http://slickdeals.net/f/5558402-Dell-Outlet-save-15-30-on-refurb-PCs-laptops-monitors
Their black friday discount code is valid until Monday.
You have to order the $400 gift card first so you can get the $75 promo card. The last time i looked they would only let you buy $100 cards. So you'd have to buy 4 of them, then consolidate them into one.

Dell only lets you use 3 payment items apparently. So you have to have one Gift card, one promo card and your CC.

MBWD 11-23-2012 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maverick712 (Post 55197392)
Here is the link that explains the discounts i got. Yes these are refurbs or scratch and dent but they come with the same warranty as new ones. There are sometimes some that say "outlet net".

http://slickdeals.net/f/5558402-Dell-Outlet-save-15-30-on-refurb-PCs-laptops-monitors
Their black friday discount code is valid until Monday.
You have to order the $400 gift card first so you can get the $75 promo card. The last time i looked they would only let you buy $100 cards. So you'd have to buy 4 of them, then consolidate them into one.

Dell only lets you use 3 payment items apparently. So you have to have one Gift card, one promo card and your CC.

Thanks for the link! Just to be clear, though: these are all Dell refurbs.

exzackly 11-23-2012 03:14 PM

dang vizio is out of stock :[

http://www.microsoftstore.com/sto...hlist.true

wfhbright 11-23-2012 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54986688)
There's a really great thread over here about laptops for sale on BF and CM...but it got a bit frustrating to try to sort through all the huge honking laptops to get to the ultrabook deals. So I thought I'd start a thread dedicated to ultrabooks.

If that's what you're after you're in the right place.:woot:

NOTE: please DO include non-BF deals in this thread. Most of the BF deals are kinda meh so I'd like to discuss all the options available now.

Links are to current-priced listings that interest me right now (more to come, I'm also going to create a complete list in the wiki):

Acer Ultrabook Silver 13.3" S3-391-6046 PC with Intel Core i3-2367M processor and Windows 8 Operating System - $499 [walmart.com]
Sony 13.3" Ultrabook with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $699.99 [staples.com]
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist 12.5", i5, Touch Screen Laptop - $699 [staples.com]
Lenovo U410, Intel Core i5-3317U,14.0" Screen Display, Notebook With 6GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive, W7 Home Premium - $599 [frys.com]
ASUS S405CA-RH51 14" Ultrabook with 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U Processor with Turbo Boost 2.0, 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD + 24GB SSD - $579 [bjs.com]



Question:

What is the difference between the Asus 14'' you listed here and the Asus Zenbook UX32A someone else listed for $800 + $200Amazon GC? The other one is lighter without DVD drive but this one is more powerful??? Any thoughts?

maverick712 11-23-2012 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by MBWD (Post 55197088)
Please do post the details, including a link for the discounts and promo code. All I saw on the outlet website were refurbs.

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Originally Posted by fakeyfakerson (Post 55195898)
Details on this?

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Originally Posted by MBWD (Post 55197914)
Thanks for the link! Just to be clear, though: these are all Dell refurbs.


mostly refurbs, some scratch and dent and occasional new in box. These are all Win 7 so that's one of the reason they are clearing them out.

chuck232 11-23-2012 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by wfhbright (Post 55199598)
Question:

What is the difference between the Asus 14'' you listed here and the Asus Zenbook UX32A someone else listed for $800 + $200Amazon GC? The other one is lighter without DVD drive but this one is more powerful??? Any thoughts?

The UX32A is a 13.3" Ultrabook (vs. 14"), quite a bit lighter (3lbs versus 4.4lbs) and lacks an optical drive.

It may have marginally lower performance, 4GB RAM versus 6GB and a smaller HDD.

If you're able to use the $200 Amazon gift card, I think the UX32A is a better deal (assuming no need for optical drive).

fakeyfakerson 11-23-2012 04:38 PM

How are dell refurbs? Will they crap out after a year?

wfhbright 11-23-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by chuck232 (Post 55200960)
The UX32A is a 13.3" Ultrabook (vs. 14"), quite a bit lighter (3lbs versus 4.4lbs) and lacks an optical drive.

It may have marginally lower performance, 4GB RAM versus 6GB and a smaller HDD.

If you're able to use the $200 Amazon gift card, I think the UX32A is a better deal (assuming no need for optical drive).

Thanks for the reply. That's exactly my thought. That Zenbook is a thing of beauty. The first time I checked it out in the store I was stunned.

Siye 11-23-2012 04:53 PM

I heard very good things about the Amazon warehouse deals so ended up purchasing the UX32A for $616.50 in like new condition. The $200 GC with the brand new one is a great deal too if you can foresee yourself spending the credit at Amazon.

I can't wait to see it in person!

fakeyfakerson 11-23-2012 05:07 PM

I'm debating a 14z from dell's outlet. I don't think it's really fair to call it an ultrabook since it's over 4 pounds and has an optical drive though. I found one "Dell Outlet New" for $540 ($590 after taxes is a bit brutal) with an i5, HD 4000 graphics, 1366x768, 8gb 1600mhz ram, 500gb 5400 RPM drive + 32GB SSD. All in all seems like a decent laptop for the price, if not ultrabook.

anton000 11-23-2012 06:31 PM

SOLD OUT | SONY VAIO SVT13124CXS Notebook Intel Core i3 3217U(1.80GHz) 13.3" 4GB Memory 500GB + 32GB MLC Hybrid(5400rpm Hybrid) HDD 5400rpm Intel HD Graphics 4000 - $599 [newegg.com]

I hope this one comes back up!

exzackly 11-23-2012 07:15 PM

why? It's a core i3

tmt64 11-23-2012 07:23 PM

If you don't need the touch screen, here's a better deal with an i5:

http://www.newegg.com/product/pro...dl-1162899

Nike 11-23-2012 08:51 PM

I'm torn, I ordered the Asus-14" Laptop - X401A-BHPDN41 for $249 from Best Buy:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+...&cp=1&lp=1

but they're having all sorts of issues with their inventory system, so I'm not held to that one until I go pick it up. In the mean time, I managed to snag the Sony VAIO T Series SVT13122CXS 13.3-Inch Ultrabook on an Amazon lightning deal for $599.

I realize VAIO has the better processor and more hard disc space and I've seen a number of comments that that's a good deal, but as I mostly use my computer for web surfing, word processing, iTunes, streaming movies, etc., is all that going to be worth it for the extra $350 or am I most likely going to be upgrading again when touch screens become the standard and stick with the $249 Asus?

Thanks in advance!

firemedic1343 11-23-2012 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Nike (Post 55214068)
I'm torn, I ordered the Asus-14" Laptop - X401A-BHPDN41 for $249 from Best Buy:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+...&cp=1&lp=1

but they're having all sorts of issues with their inventory system, so I'm not held to that one until I go pick it up. In the mean time, I managed to snag the Sony VAIO T Series SVT13122CXS 13.3-Inch Ultrabook on an Amazon lightning deal for $599.

I realize VAIO has the better processor and more hard disc space and I've seen a number of comments that that's a good deal, but as I mostly use my computer for web surfing, word processing, iTunes, streaming movies, etc., is all that going to be worth it for the extra $350 or am I most likely going to be upgrading again when touch screens become the standard and stick with the $249 Asus?

Thanks in advance!


I'd rather be happy with what I have now. I've procrastinated nice purchases many times thinking about the next best thing. I used a Motorola Q for 3 years!

fakeyfakerson 11-23-2012 09:56 PM

Ok, I'm really underwhelmed so far, hopefully they have more deals on cyber monday. So far I haven't found any decent ultraportable with a 3rd gen i5 or i7 in the 500-600 range. My best bet seems to be the dell 14z ultrabook for about $550, but even that doesn't blow me away since it's over 4 pounds and mostly plastic.

firemedic1343 11-23-2012 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by fakeyfakerson (Post 55216492)
Ok, I'm really underwhelmed so far, hopefully they have more deals on cyber monday. So far I haven't found any decent ultraportable with a 3rd gen i5 or i7 in the 500-600 range. My best bet seems to be the dell 14z ultrabook for about $550, but even that doesn't blow me away since it's over 4 pounds and mostly plastic.

Agreed, I feel like I've wasted quite a bit of time this year.

Black Friday isn't what it used to be.

chuck232 11-23-2012 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Nike (Post 55214068)
I'm torn, I ordered the Asus-14" Laptop - X401A-BHPDN41 for $249 from Best Buy:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+...&cp=1&lp=1

but they're having all sorts of issues with their inventory system, so I'm not held to that one until I go pick it up. In the mean time, I managed to snag the Sony VAIO T Series SVT13122CXS 13.3-Inch Ultrabook on an Amazon lightning deal for $599.

I realize VAIO has the better processor and more hard disc space and I've seen a number of comments that that's a good deal, but as I mostly use my computer for web surfing, word processing, iTunes, streaming movies, etc., is all that going to be worth it for the extra $350 or am I most likely going to be upgrading again when touch screens become the standard and stick with the $249 Asus?

Thanks in advance!

The Amazon Vaio T is the lower end version of this one at Newegg (Core i5 Ivy Bridge), which is the same price. You might be better off with the Newegg one.

http://www.newegg.com/product/pro...CdI3_0_0_0

ayoRonald 11-23-2012 10:21 PM

What about Lenovo's IdeaPAD U410 Ultrabook? $769 - 3rd gen. i7, 8gb ram, 1TB 5400RPM+32GB SSD?

fakeyfakerson 11-23-2012 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by ayoRonald (Post 55217936)
What about Lenovo's IdeaPAD U410 Ultrabook? $769 - 3rd gen. i7, 8gb ram, 1TB 5400RPM+32GB SSD?

Too expensive for the quality, lots of people were complaining about that line. I'd consider it if it was in the $500-600 range.

Kermit101 11-23-2012 11:00 PM

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Originally Posted by ayoRonald (Post 55217936)
What about Lenovo's IdeaPAD U410 Ultrabook? $769 - 3rd gen. i7, 8gb ram, 1TB 5400RPM+32GB SSD?

I saw this at Fry's electronics today and couldn't see a way to take out the old hard drive. The bottom of the laptop was completely solid with no screws.

Nike 11-23-2012 11:05 PM

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The Amazon Vaio T is the lower end version of this one at Newegg (Core i5 Ivy Bridge), which is the same price. You might be better off with the Newegg one.

http://www.newegg.com/product/pro...CdI3_0_0_0
D'oh, I thought that was the same one. Well, I went ahead and cancelled the Amazon VAIO, the only problem with the Newegg one is I try to apply for the financing and it rejected me because they claimed my form was incomplete or inaccurate (don't you hate when people don't believe you're you?)

I have 7 days to make a decision on the Asus, maybe they're holding out something good for Cyber Monday.

captaindorky 11-24-2012 09:48 AM

Any thoughts on this Lenovo Thinkpad L430 for $579?

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrar...#gallery-l

System components
Intel Core i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Windows 8 64
14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Mobile Broadband ready
8 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (2 DIMM)
Keyboard US English International with a Euro symbol
720p HD Camera
500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer w/ SW Royalty for Windows 8
Express Card Slot
9 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70++
65W AC Adapter - US (2pin)
Bluetooth 4.0 with Antenna
ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n
Mobile Broadband upgradable

viraj071 11-24-2012 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by captaindorky (Post 55235820)
Any thoughts on this Lenovo Thinkpad L430 for $579?

System components
Intel Core i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Windows 8 64
14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Mobile Broadband ready
8 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (2 DIMM)
Keyboard US English International with a Euro symbol
720p HD Camera
500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer w/ SW Royalty for Windows 8
Express Card Slot
9 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70++
65W AC Adapter - US (2pin)
Bluetooth 4.0 with Antenna
ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n
Mobile Broadband upgradable

Can you link please ?

Nike 11-24-2012 11:01 AM

There's a lightning deal for the Acer Aspire V5-171-6422 11.6-Inch Laptop for $439

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...1417532662

Is it not a good deal? Seems people are slow to jump on it, only 40% claimed

gvrayden 11-24-2012 12:50 PM

Don't know if its already posted, Thought someone interested in a touch ultrabook.

HP Envy Touchsmart

i3 - $599
i5 - $674

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/...aoid=35252

Apply Code - NB72134


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