Ultrabooks go Cheap this Holiday Season

December 22, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There has been a lot of talk about the ultrabook scene. Things should heat up as the holiday season is well on us.

We have put together for you a list of the ultrabooks available now and their prices, which are kind of low considering what they pack.

For those who need a memory refresh, ultrabooks are super-slim and lightweight laptops, measuring around 8 inches and 3 pounds.

They are powered by Intel processors and Windows. They mostly have 13-inch screens with a 1366 x 768 resolution.

So first up is the HP Folio 13, which comes with a price tag of $900 and some good reviews because of some good specs of course. It packs a Core i5 processor, 128GB solid state drive, backlit keyboard, USB 3.0 port, and good battery life.

Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 is even cheaper, at $799. It was on sale for $699 at Best Buy last week in case you missed it. The ultrabook comes with Core i3 chip, 128GB SSD, backlit keyboard, USB 3.0 port, HDMI connector, and Gigabit Ethernet.

The Acer Aspire comes for $900. It packs a Core i5 processor and hybrid hard disk drive system; a 20GB SSD combined with a 5,400rpm 320GB HDD, rather than a pure SSD. It doesn’t fare well when compared to SSD-only systems.

The 11.6 inch Asus ultrabook is considered upscale, with a Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD, a USB 3.0 port, and weight of just 2.4 pounds.

And finally, though it cannot be considered as an ultrabook, the MacBook Air! Introduced in January 2008, it pioneered the ultrabook category though. The 11.6 inch Air comes for around $940.

The positives include high-quality components and construction, but memory-wise, it is not as good compared to the Windows powered ultrabooks.

So are you planning to buy one? Tell us which one if you have made up your mind.

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